Devils fo­cus on de­fence

Isis Town and Country - - Sport -

WITH a two-week breather Isis Devils are ready to mount a sec­ond-half as­sault on the Bund­aberg Rugby League com­pe­ti­tion.

Coach Simon Ricciardi said the side was rested ahead of its clash against Easts at Sal­ter Oval.

“I wanted to get ev­ery­one to­gether this week and put the first half of the sea­son be­hind us,” Ricciardi said.

“It’s hard for us at the mo­ment with work com­mit­ments to get ev­ery­one there.”

Ricciardi said the team would wel­come back prop Royce Blair.

“That will be a big bonus,” he said.

The Devils sit in fourth po­si­tion be­hind Broth­ers, Her­vey Bay and Wests and must shore up its de­fence for a chance to chal­lenge the top teams.

Last year the side fin­ished the sea­son with the best de­fen­sive record in the league, some­thing it must repli­cate if it wants to be a part of fi­nals footy.

“We have leaked too many points and that is some­thing we need to work on,” he said.

“We have to get the boys to­gether and de­fend as a unit.”

Ricciardi said it could not af­ford any lapses in con­cen­tra­tion against Easts.

“It’s a bit of a dan­ger game for us,” he said.

“Easts are com­ing off a loss and are in a sim­i­lar boat to us strug­gling in num­bers.

“I ex­pect them to rally hard and come out strong.”

In the round’s other games Her­vey Bay play Wests and Waves will meet Wal­la­roos.

PHOTO: MATTHEW MCIN­ER­NEY

RUN FOR IT: Isis Devils prop Royce Blair makes a break in the Wal­la­roos and Isis Devils match at Eskdale Park, Mary­bor­ough.

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