Valiant Isis Devils feel waves of de­feat

Isis Town and Country - - Sport -

IN THE sec­ond round of the Bundaberg Rugby League A grade competition, the Isis Devils felt the full force of the resur­gent Waves Tigers.

The Devils were de­feated by Waves 46-18 at Mary­bor­ough’s Eskdale Park, but they were far from dis­graced against a more pow­er­ful team.

And a month and a half later Isis has the op­por­tu­nity to make amends for the loss when the two teams clash at Sal­ter Oval on Sun­day.

In the weeks that fol­lowed Isis’s first game of the year it has been strug­gling to field 17 play­ers and the re­sults have re­flected the sad fact.

Against Easts in the 46-12 round-seven loss the Devils had play­ers on the bench and started to signs of greater spirit and with that came im­prove­ment on the field.

This week, the Devils’ char­ac­ter will be truly tested.

Waves have be­come a real threat for the 2016 pre­mier­ship and Isis for­ward Rhys Neil knows Isis is not fac­ing the tooth­less Tigers of the past few sea­sons.

“They are a to­tally dif­fer­ent out­fit now so we have to ad­just to them but we will stick to our foot­ball,” Neil said.

“Waves is start­ing to be dy­namic side and its start­ing to change the whole come up.”

With ex-in­ter­na­tional An­to­nio Kau­fusi at the helm and strong back­ing from sup­port­ers will­ing to of­fer fi­nan­cial help the Tigers have lost just two games this sea­son.

Competition heavy­weights Broth­ers and Her­vey Bay have been the only teams ca­pa­ble of beat­ing Waves this sea­son and Neil said im­prove­ment will need to be made to have a chance this week­end.

“We didn’t take them lightly in the first round but hope­fully we can build on our pos­i­tives and build on our neg­a­tives,” Neil said.

The Devils take on Waves at 1.15pm on Sun­day, with the women’s team play­ing at 10.30am and re­serves at 11.45am.

PHOTO: MATTHEW MCINERNEY

GAME ON: Isis Devil War­rick Fay in the match with Waves Tigers at Sal­ter Oval.

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