DEVILS DEFEAT WALLAROOS
ISIS Devils backrower Jake Thompson scored a hat-trick in his side’s home win against Wallaroos on the weekend 28-14.
However, coach Simon Ricciardi said his side needed to improve dramatically if it had any chance of beating Hervey Bay Seagulls on Saturday.
“We were very happy with the win,” Ricciardi said.
“Still our completion rates are too low so we will need to address that to compete with the top teams.
Ricciardi said the side played well in patches but some defensive lapses let Wallaroos back in the game.
Ricciardi said Thompson’s robust performance on Saturday was typical for the former back.
“It doesn’t matter where we put him he always plays well for us.”
Earlier in the season the Devils upset the Seagulls 26-18 in one of Isis’ best performances of the year.
With a few players on the sidelines, Ricciardi knows his players must rise to the occasion once more.
“If we play as we did last week against Hervey Bay we will come back with our tail between our legs,” he said.
“They are just a good quality outfit.
“We should hopefully make it a good game.”
In the weekend’s other games at Salter Oval players from all three Bundaberg clubs that played in the A-grade competition were honouring the memory of former team-mate Jesse Tass who died suddenly in Mackay on Saturday.
Jesse’s infectious attitude and love of a joke, left a mark on the competition that will be hard to forget.
His love of a contest on the field infected players around him and that same attitude was carried on the field by the teams.
Even when the game was over, and Brothers hooker Brent Kuskey was having a penalty kick for goal, the players from both teams were on their toes itching for another crack at each other.
Brothers won the game 24-10 over Wests and its captain Mat Templeman, described the reason the players didn’t give in to the exhaustion they felt after putting on one of the games of the year.
“Both teams were up for it today I think. You know there was a lot of emotion out there and I think it showed,” Templeman said.
“There was a few flare-ups and physical hits – it was an emotional game.”
Easts went down 42-12 to Hervey Bay and despite the loss, Tanner said there were positive signs at the club while it built its playing roster back up after losing a bunch of quality players who made an impact in 2014 like Cody Maughan, Hayden Herbert and Kyle Laybutt. GAMES THIS WEEK: Brothers v Wallaroos, Wests v Waves Tigers at Salter Oval, Sunday and Hervey Bay v Isis at Stafford Park, Hervey Bay, Saturday.
BREAKING THROUGH: Jake Thompson gaining ground for Isis in the Rugby League game at Childers Showground.