Devils run cold at The Fur­nace in 40-10 loss

PAST BROTH­ERS TOO GOOD

Isis Town and Country - - Sport - By MATTHEW MCIN­ER­NEY

THE Fur­nace, home of Isis Devils, is sup­posed to be one of the most in­tim­i­dat­ing grounds in the BRL.

Com­pe­ti­tion-lead­ing Past Broth­ers barely had a thing to worry about as they thumped Isis 40-10 at the week­end.

Player-coach Mathew Tem­ple­man played half­back for a Broth­ers side miss­ing five reg­u­lar starters, but it was his halves part­ner, Tom Quill, who stole the show.

“Tom was mas­sive,” he said.

“Vahiti Hopoi had another solid game and (hooker) Ben Kuskey’s kick­ing game was on song, which helped.”

The cold con­di­tions and dewy play­ing sur­face forced the sides to fo­cus their at­tack through the for­wards, although Broth­ers found plenty of space on the flanks.

“That comes back to our game plan,” Tem­ple­man said. “We wanted to spread it as they’ve got great line speed and it worked.”

Devils coach Si­mon Ric­cia­rdi lamented his side’s lack of struc­ture and han­dling as Isis fin­ished their home games with heavy losses in both grades.

The Devils clearly missed Nathan Sul­li­van and Jake Thompson, but Ric­cia­rdi did not blame their ab­sence.

“They com­pleted their sets, they held the ball – they played smart footy,” he said.

“Some of the struc­ture we’ve been work­ing on just didn’t get put into play.”

Isis front-rower Royce Blair’s try was the 100th point con­ceded by Broth­ers this sea­son.

Broth­ers won re­serve grade 52-10 but not be­fore Isis had two play­ers sin-binned and two sent off.

Marred by ill-dis­ci­pline, sides pushed, shoved and fought their way through the fi­nal five min­utes.

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