Ben Santowski will haveto keep his cool and score for the Devils today.
Ben Santowski will haveto keep his cool and score for the Devils today. Craig Warhurst

Third spot will do season justice

THIRD place is up for grabs tomorrow when the Gympie Devils slog it out with the Caloundra Sharks.

While the Sharks have the home advantage, both sides will be raring to cement themselves in a healthy third position as they head into the finals.

However, Devils playing coach Kris Kahler believes it's his side that has the edge.

The Devils will head into the game after a one-week spell which proved beneficial for resting niggling injuries.

"It was good to give the boys a break," Kahler said.

Riley McDowall is yet to re-join the ranks however, due to a knee injury.

A well-rested Tim Wyvill will be back on deck after being out of action in recent weeks.

Wyvill will start on the wing in the number two jersey and will team up with fullback Matthew Petersen and centres Ben Santowski and Danny McMah.

As Wyvill steps back in, Trent Lovett will head back to reserve grade.

While the Devils have reaped the benefits of experience in former Parramatta Eel Petersen, it seems the hopes of having fellow NRL feature Jamie Rosso have been dashed this season.

Kahler said the absence of Rosso could be due to commitments Rosso has to his Gladstone team.

Kahler has confidence in the Devils finishing this Sunday's match on top, but said the physical Caloundra, which boasts strong halves, will put up a good fight.

"They're pretty handy," Kahler said.

"Both teams know the importance of this game and they will go in as hungry as we are."

He said the Devils have stronger for-and-against standings than Caloundra, and while winning this game isn't do or die for them to make the finals, if they want third on the ladder then winning is vital.

"I've talked to the team about it and we deserve to finish in third," he said.

"If we don't then we won't be doing ourselves justice."

He said the Devils will focus on what they do best when they take the field at Golden Beach tomorrow at 3pm.

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