Devils aim to down Kawana
A WIN against Kawana tomorrow at Jack Stokes Oval will cement the Gympie Devils firmly in the top three of the Caloundra RSL Cup and give them a great chance of hosting a home semi-final.
A Devils loss will see Kawana join the Gympie side on 18 points, but there better for and against will skip them ahead of the Devils.
Gympie coach John Greensill said today’s match was like playing for four points.
“If we win we will jump clear,” Greensill said.
He said he was wary of the Kawana side after they dished out a rugby league lesson to the Devils in the first round.
“I am worried about Kawana, they are definite title contenders,” Greensill said.
“We owe them one.
“They stitched us up in the first round, they flogged us by about 40-odd points.”
Greensill said Kawana would be desperate to win.
“If they lose they will be in danger of not making the five,” Greensill said.
“The competition is that close.”
The Devils will be without exciting centre Ben Ashford tonight, he has prior commitments.
Tim Wyvil returns from an ankle injury to take Ashford’s spot in the centres.
Greensill said Darren Burns might also be in doubt for the match.
Other than that the Devils are at near-full strength.
Rugged front-row forward Brad English is another player returning from injury.
English had eight weeks off with broken ribs and will bolster the already strong Devils’ pack.
The Devils have only three games left before the finals.
Saturday night’s game is against Kawana, next weekend’s match against Caloundra is at the Coast and then a home game against cellar dwellers Bribie Island.
The Devils are running a bus from the Gympie Races to Jack Stokes Oval for race goers who want to watch the Devils.