Devils’ centre Danny McMah hits a hole on against Nambour on Saturday night
Devils’ centre Danny McMah hits a hole on against Nambour on Saturday night Craig Warhurst

Crushers crushed

Gympie Devils condemned the Nambour Crushers to a devastating 78-6 loss at Jack Stokes Oval on Saturday night.

The Devils' attack and defence worked together like a well-oiled machine for the game, putting the ball over the line an incredible 14 times and only giving Nambour a look-in once.

Player and coach Kris Kahler said the side was ready to go from the outset and their enthusiasm suggested a home game victory from the start.

The Devils just kept chalking up the points, with Mitch Heaton alone scoring three tries.

The Devils' number on the scoreboard almost looked like overkill after Ben Ashford, Tom White and Shaun Wilson's three-try a piece efforts tied with the 20 points racked up by single try scorers Ben Santowski, Danny McMah, Nick Swann, Dave Cutler and Kurt Flemming.

Forward Billy Rogers and hooker Shaun Wilson were credited by Kahler as the best talent on the field.

"Rogers and Wilson were outstanding," Kahler said.

Kahler said Wilson's performance followed a season of exceptional form.

"He's probably been the best player on the field all season.

"He does a good job for me, covering hooker, back row and even five-eighths," Kahler said.

It wasn't all good news for the Devils though, with Riely McDowall injured during the match.

McDowall sustained what looked to be a serious knee injury and Kahler said he was not sure how long it would hold him out of the season.

Kahler said while the Devils had it over the Crushers for most of the 80 minutes, there was a patch where he did get worried.

"There was a patch there for about 15 minutes where we didn't try and Nambour did.

"That worried me a bit but we got back on track and ran away with it.

"We got a couple of tries in a row and Nambour just rolled over," Kahler said.

The game was one of a few dry games the Devils have played this season.

Kahler said so many wet games had made it hard to gauge how the team had been travelling with their on-field performance, however the Nambour annihilation showed teamwork is tight and passing is smart.

Kahler said the Devils made good use of the confidence gained from their excellent performance in the game against second-place Caboolture the week before.

He said the Devils' past two performances would be good confidence-builders in the lead-up to next week's game against the competition's No. 1, Kawana.

"We played so well against Caboolture and didn't get the result but the Nambour game confirmed we can perform well and win.

"I don't expect to get 70 points on the board against Kawana but if we can show up to the game as enthusiastic as we did on Saturday we could win but we will have to work hard," Kahler said.

Kahler warned his side to remember the threat Kawana poses and not to let the Nambour battering go to their heads.

"I touched on that after the game and said we can't get too excited by this, Kawana will be a lot tougher," he said.

"We need to play at the same level as we did Saturday, if not better, when we play Kawana.

"These games against the top teams are the games that really matter," Kahler said.

The Devils will play top of the ladder Kawana this Saturday at Kawana.

Kahler will speak with Jamie Rosso and Matthew Petersen this week to make decisions on this week's team list.

 

Round 16

  • Devils 78 d Nambour 6
  • Kawana 15 drew Caboolture 14
  • Maroochydore d Bribie Is 6
  • Caloundra 20 d Noosa 12

Round 17, July 14

  • Bribie Is v Caboolture
  • Beerwah v Caloundra
  • Kawana v Gympie
  • Noosa v Nambour
  • Maroochydore (bye)
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