DEVILS SECOND- HALF FIGHTBACK
A STRONG second half defensive effort from Isis Devils helped it overcome a dogged Easts outfit.
Trailing 16-14 at half-time, Devils kept the opposition scoreless in the second half, winning 30-16 in its round 13 A-grade Bundaberg Rugby League match.
The Devils dictated play in the second half, building pressure and maintaining good field position.
Coach Simon Ricciardi was proud of the effort after a frustrating first half, and was pleased his team regrouped.
“I just told them to get back to basics and wear the opposition down,” he said.
“We created enough opportunities in the first half but didn’t convert them. We had to work hard and complete our sets.”
Ricciardi said its young halves Taylor Barritt and Ashley O’Donnell played one of their best games controlling the game.
But there were standout performers across the park. “Jake Thompson had a massive game,” he said.
“Our captain Peter Grant scored a try and had a big game.”
The club will have its defensive line tested more thoroughly on Saturday when it takes on premiership favourites Brothers.
The last time the teams clashed was in round 4 when Brothers trounced Devils 38-6.
“I’m hoping to get a few players back to have almost a full-strength side,” Ricciardi said. “It’ll be good to see the boys take what they have been working on for the past few weeks against Brothers who are definitely going to test us mentally and physically.”
POWER ON: Jake Thompson pushes through for Isis in the rugby league match at Salter Oval.