DE­PLETED DEVILS FIGHT ON

Hor­ror run of in­juries take its toll

Isis Town and Country - - Front Page -

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.

PHOTO: ALIS­TAIR BRIGHTMAN

RUGBY LEAGUE: Aaron Rat­cliffe gets caught in a tackle in the game be­tween Her­vey Bay Seag­ulls and Isis Devils.

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