DEVILS SEC­OND- HALF FIGHT­BACK

Isis Town and Country - - Front Page - By JIM ALOUAT

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.”

PHOTO: PAUL DON­ALD­SON

POWER ON: Jake Thompson pushes through for Isis in the rugby league match at Sal­ter Oval.

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