Devils run cold at The Furnace in 40-10 loss
PAST BROTHERS TOO GOOD
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.