Devils’ de­fence helps in big win

Isis Town and Country - - Sport -

ISIS Devils coach Si­mon Ric­cia­rdi knows rugby league is as much a psy­cho­log­i­cal game as it is a phys­i­cal one.

The fourth-placed Isis Devils made easy work of a de­pleted Easts Mag­pies out­fit, win­ning 48-6 in round 18 of the Bund­aberg Rugby League com­pe­ti­tion.

But Easts sit in sec­ond-last po­si­tion and Devils have strug­gled against the top three teams – Broth­ers, Seag­ulls and Pan­thers.

How­ever, Ric­cia­rdi said his side was ca­pa­ble of beat­ing any team in the com­pe­ti­tion if his charges were in the right frame of mind.

“It all comes down to at­ti­tude for my team,” Ric­cia­rdi said

“The young halves are work­ing to­gether well.

“We just need to bring it to­gether against the top teams.”

Devils scored nine tries in their win but what pleased Ric­cia­rdi most was hold­ing Easts to only one.

“De­fence has been a big part of our fo­cus for the past few weeks. It’s what wins games,” he said.

“Tim Cole put in another solid per­for­mance.

“Zach Sut­ter came back for us and his work­load was great.”

The Devils play Wal­la­roos this week­end, who are also com­ing off a big win.

Wal­la­roos beat Waves Tigers 52-22. “They are a solid side and if we don’t turn up, they will romp home,” Ric­cia­rdi said.

PHOTO: MATTHEW MCIN­ER­NEY

Isis Devil Rob O’Don­nell was in good form against Easts.

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