Bloody end for Devils
Season closes for Isis as team goes down to Wests in tough A-grade semi-final
FISTS flew, bodies were crunched and fantastic tries were scored as Isis forced Wests to fight for every minute of its 28-20 win in the Bundaberg Rugby League A-grade semi-final at Salter Oval.
The hard-running Wests forwards were challenged by their Isis opposition and every metre made sapped valuable energy from the big men.
Neither team could build significant momentum and it was the class of the Wests halves, Bevan Page and Josh Garden, which made the difference.
Page and Garden did their jobs for the 80 minutes and the Panthers made it through another week in the 2015 season to hold onto the hope of a third-straight grand final appearance.
The game didn’t finish without drama as numerous scuffles broke out around the ground.
Delroy Tanner was sent from the field for the game early in the second half and young try-scoring sensation Trent Seeds was given a 10-minute rest after a fight broke out.
The equation could have been tougher on Wests if Zac Dann didn’t get his marching orders either.
The players refused to calm down and when Wests’ Joshua Tanner and Isis’s Simon Ricciardi came to blows, they too had a spell in the dressing sheds to cool their heels.
Wests Corey Tanner spoke after the game and he said the game didn’t live up to expectations because the players, on both teams, were feeling the nerves associated with semi-final football.
He did praise the way his players stood up to the pressure Isis applied and was looking forward to the preliminary final.
Tanner added he thought lock-forward George Kepa was the best player from Wests in the game and was glad he had the big-game experience to call upon when needed.
Wests take on Hervey Bay in the A-grade preliminary final this weekend against Hervey Bay, the game will be a test of everything Wests have learned over the past seasons under coach Nathan Tanner.
Hervey Bay will be hurting after losing to Brothers by two points and will come out firing.
BLOODY END: Isis centre Nathan Sullivan leaves the field bloodied, like his team exited the A-grade season of the BRL, at Salter Oval with a 28-20 loss to Wests.
TEAM: Back - Jack Rowan, Jack Cole, Matty Higgins - (CJ and Parker), Ash O’donnell, Jimmy Bryant - (Gracee and Breelyn) Robbie O’donnell, Simon Ricciardi - (Tyson and Ayden), Peter Grant, Zac Dann - (Bella), Warwick Faye, Bill Trevor. Front - Tim Cole, Aaron Ratcliffe, Jacob Klassan, Gavin Duncan, Peter Sippell, Justin Taylor - (Trinity), Nathan Sullivan - (Asha and Lexi).
ISIS DEVILS: Zac Dann, getting put down, gently.