Devils re­in­force­ments in­com­ing

Isis Town and Country - - Sport -

ISIS Devils coach Si­mon Ric­cia­rdi has is­sued a call to arms for the Devils faith­ful af­ter the club suf­fered its sec­ond con­sec­u­tive loss.

While not at panic sta­tions just yet, the Devils’ 50-4 ca­pit­u­la­tion to Wests at Sal­ter Oval at the week­end was not a pretty sight.

“It was em­bar­rass­ing re­ally but we’re strug­gling with depth,” Ric­cia­rdi said.

“In say­ing that, there are still 13 play­ers on the field ca­pa­ble of putting in an ef­fort and that didn’t hap­pen.”

With third spot on the Bund­aberg Rugby League ta­ble beck­on­ing, the Devils could not match its ri­vals who ran in 10 tries to one.

“Wests had more con­trol and were faster on the field,” he said.

“Our de­fence leaked too many tries and we just didn’t play like a unit.”

In some po­ten­tial good news for the proud club, Ric­cia­rdi said it had se­cured the sig­na­tures of up to five for­mer A-grade play­ers to re­new the side’s push for a fi­nals spot.

While re­luc­tant to name the play­ers, Ric­cia­rdi said they would add much-needed depth to the club if the sign­ings were ap­proved at BRL head­quar­ters this week.

“We need to get back on track but it’s a long year and grand fi­nals aren’t won now,” he said.

The Devils play Waves Tigers at home this week­end.

The Tigers lost to Broth­ers last week 86-12.

PHOTO: ALIS­TAIR BRIGHT­MAN

FILE PHOTO: Isis Devils have more ground to make up af­ter a big de­feat to Wests at the week­end.

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