DEPLETED DEVILS FIGHT ON
Horror run of injuries take its toll
DESPITE a heavy loss to Hervey Bay Seagulls in a scrappy affair, Isis Devils will take a lot from the performance.
The Devils travelled to Hervey Bay and in difficult and slippery conditions were not able to contain the Seagulls who prevailed 30-10.
Isis coach Simon Ricciardi said after a tough and tight first half, injury and a lack of players took its toll on the away team.
“The score line didn’t reflect the game and I have full praise for all the boys,” he said.
“The things we did work on in training we got right about 80% of the game which is probably double what we’ve done for the past month.
“Our completion rates were a lot better as well as our field position.”
Ricciardi said they had about four injuries during the game which led to a reshuffle and meant only one player was on the bench for most of the second half.
“Our forward rotation was shot,” he said.
“A couple of little things didn’t go our way but that’s football.”
Ricciardi said while the team played admirably, there were too many defensive errors which it had to remedy.
“That’s something we will work on - those five-minute lapses during a game that lead to the opposition making easy metres,” he said.
With a bye next week, and the Queen’s Birthday Holiday the following week, Isis will have plenty of time to recover from the injuries and be at its best when it plays Easts.
RUGBY LEAGUE: Aaron Ratcliffe gets caught in a tackle in the game between Hervey Bay Seagulls and Isis Devils.