Shaun Wilson - who usually starts out as hooker and changes into the back row as needed - is looking forward to stepping up to his preferred position in the second row.
Shaun Wilson - who usually starts out as hooker and changes into the back row as needed - is looking forward to stepping up to his preferred position in the second row. Renee Pilcher

All stops out for Devils

AN IN-FORM Gympie Devils have a big opportunity to put an end to frontrunner Kawana's undefeated streak this Sunday at Bokarina.

While the Devils had a dream game last weekend, smashing Nambour 78-6, Kawana will come off the back of a highly physical 14-all draw with second-place Caboolture.

Kawana coach Rob Brough said Kawana copped a battering on the field last week and tomorrow's clash with Gympie will be yet another physical round.

"We were certainly knocked around in that game against Caboolture," Brough told the Sunshine Coast Daily.

Devils president Jim Bogoure said while Kawana got one up on them last time with a late try to secure a win, the game was an exciting challenge for the Devils.

Kawana coming off the back of a gruellingly physical game against Caboolture could be just what the Devils need, he said.

"The team is very confident," Bogoure said.

The game will be the Gympie Devils debut of former Gold Coast Titan Matthew Petersen, who will add a threatening edge to the Devils wing.

Bogoure said the NRL try-scoring machine trained with the team for the first time last night and he expected him to slot in well with the Devils line up.

Back rower Riley McDowall, a Devils casualty in their Nambour trouncing, will not appear tomorrow night, with Shaun Wilson to take his place.

Bogoure said Wilson, who usually starts out as hooker and changes into the back row as needed, is looking forward to stepping up to his preferred position in the second row for a whole game.

"It's a big game for Shaun," Bogoure said.

"He shows his skill in the back row every week but this is a chance to show it for a full game."

Wilson will join Kris Kahler and Billy Rogers to form a tough forward combo.

"They will be really hard to crack," Bogoure said.

They've got the confidence and are rich with experience, but the Devils will need to pull out the big guns if they want the points over Kawana.

Bogoure said if the Devils wanted to enter the finals series in a comfortable third, they could not afford to lose a game.

"This is our big chance.

"If we can win this game, we'll know we've got it," he said.

The Devils play Kawana at Bokarina tomorrow at 3pm.

 

The team

1 Ben Santowski

2 Matthew Petersen

3 Trent Lovett

4 Danny McMah

5 Tom White

6 Nick Swann

7 Dave Cutler

8 Kurt Fleming

9 Ben Harney

10 Adam Starr

11Shaun Wilson

12 Kris Kahler

13 Billy Rogers

14 Mitch Heaton

15 Kurt McArthur

16 Reece Coleman

17 James Hogan

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