DEVILS KEEP TIGERS AT BAY
WINGER Warrick Fay was one of Isis Devils coach Simon Ricciardi’s few highlights on Sunday afternoon.
The Devils took on the resurgent Waves Tigers, who recovered from a tumultuous week to put in arguably their best performance of the season.
Isis managed to stem the tide and notched a 28-18 victory, but it is not a game on which Ricciardi will fondly look.
Fay and Robbie O’Donnell gave the former captain two reasons to smile however, as both played strong hands in the win.
“I thought they were both great today,” Ricciardi said.
“There’s a lot we’re going to have to fix up.
“We need to get everyone to training and focusing on those basics. That completion rate was terrible and we can’t afford to keep playing like that.”
Ricciardi flagged future changes as the Devils await the arrival of more firepower.
“We’re lacking a bit of depth at the moment but we’re hopefully going to have that sorted soon,” Ricciardi said.
Waves were boosted last week by the return of former Gin Gin Hawk Danny Moran, and a number of others who answered an SOS to get the club back on its feet (more below).
Isis and Waves traded tries and the lead throughout the match, until the Devils scored three late tries to put the result beyond doubt.
Ricciardi was full of praise for the way Waves played.
“I think they put in a great effort after the week they had,” he said.
“They had plenty of fire and were playing great footy.
The result puts Isis equal with Wests and Wallaroos after four wins and a bye, with the Devils third thanks to a superior points differential.
The Devils will host Wallaroos at Childers Showground this Saturday.
The women’s Wallaroos v Easts game will kick off the day at 2.45pm, before the Devils reserve grade play Wallaroos at 4pm.
ISIS DEVILS 28 (Lilo 2, Rowan 2, Dann, Higgins tries; R O’Donnell 2 goals) def WAVES TIGERS 18 (Jones 2, Misa 2 tries; McLennan goal) at Salter Oval
STAR PERFORMER: Isis Devil Warrick Fay takes on the Waves Tigers defence during last week’s 28-18 win at Salter Oval.