Gympie Devils’ coach Kris Kahler off-loads in traffic in their win on Sunday.
Gympie Devils’ coach Kris Kahler off-loads in traffic in their win on Sunday. Craig Warhurst

Bribie beached 60-4

A BIG home ground win for the Devils left rivals Bribie Island licking their wounds after a 60-4 slashing on Sunday.

The win was yet another try-fest by the Devils against a bottom rung team and was led by triple try scorer Adam Starr.

Coach and player Kris Kahler said the Devils were clocking up a try in almost every second set but the challenge was not to get too confident.

While it was an easy ride for the home side, Kahler said they had to be careful not to get ahead of themselves.

"We played pretty well but there was a period when we went away from that," he said.

Kahler said there were a good 10 minutes in the game where the Devils' hard runs dropped off and the team started off-loading and passing in ways they usually wouldn't.

He said with such a strong upper hand, they were at risk of "going backwards" if they were not careful.

A couple of dropped balls later and the Devils were back to their usual strong plays.

The win was a good chance to improve the Gympie side's for and against points.

They are only one point off fourth- placed Maroochydore, who are sitting on 22.

Considering what lies ahead for the Devils in the few rounds left before the finals, Kahler said he expected his side to climb its way back to third in time for the season's close.

The Devils have a bye this weekend and will come back to face third- placed Caloundra and equal fifth Noosa.

"They will be tough games but we should win," Kahler said.

Kahler said next round should see the return of Tim Wyvill but more recovery time will be needed for back rower Riley McDowall, who sustained a knee injury three weeks ago when the Devils smashed Nambour 78-6.

Round 16

Gympie 60 def Bribie Island 4Maroochydore 30 def Caloundra 26Noosa 52 def Beerwah 20Kawana 66 def Nambour 6

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