Isis Town and Country - - Front Page - By JIM ALOUAT AND BEN TURN­BULL

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.

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