Yellow devils: Gympie Devils players (from left, back): Shaun Wilson, Dan McMah, Brad English, Kurt Fleming, Riley McDowell, Kane Ernst, Jos Koroibulu; (front): Tobs Viravu, Nick Swan and Ben Ashford.
Yellow devils: Gympie Devils players (from left, back): Shaun Wilson, Dan McMah, Brad English, Kurt Fleming, Riley McDowell, Kane Ernst, Jos Koroibulu; (front): Tobs Viravu, Nick Swan and Ben Ashford. Craig Warhurst

Devils ready for Crushers attack

GYMPIE Devils coach John Greensil is hoping his charges are fired up after having the week off, because their opposition, the Nambour Crushers, are starting to hit form.

The Devils play the Crushers at Jack Stokes oval today as part of the Devils’ Call To Arms charity day.

The Gympie team will don yellow jerseys and auction them for charity after the game, but that’s the least of Greensil’s worries.

At training this week he has been working on the positioning play of new fullback Tobs Viravu.

The lightning quick Fijian is moving from the wing to fullback because of the departure of Kiwi Ray Ione who is working in Brisbane.

“We have been working on his positional play – he is new to fullback,” Greensil said.

But Greensil said the move might pay huge dividends for the Devils because Viravu will get his hands on the ball more often.

“It could be a blessing in disguise, it will give him a chance to run the ball in the open more often, and if that happens he is very hard to stop,” he said.

“He definitely shows a natural flair for the position.”

The Devils are currently third in a jam-packed Sunshine Coast Gympie rugby league ladder.

A win will see them regain second spot, but a loss could see them drop out of the top four.

Greensil wants his players to be physical in attack and defence.

“We need to get our line speed back and we need to dominate the ruck,” he said.

The Devils will be without Barry Berrigan this week.

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