Gympie Devils centre Ben Ashford tries to fight out of a low Mary Valley Stags tackle.
Gympie Devils centre Ben Ashford tries to fight out of a low Mary Valley Stags tackle. Craig Warhurst

Devils let points slip

GYMPIE Devils had second-place Caboolture right where they wanted them until a late try from the Snakes stole the show with only seven minutes to go.

Gympie Devils could walk away with their heads high after a two-point loss to competition heavyweights Caboolture, at Bribie Island on Saturday.

While the 18-16 loss has resulted in the Devils being pushed down a place on the ladder to fourth, player coach Kris Kahler said he has nothing to complain about.

He said while the loss has cost the Devils third place for the time being, going down by only two points to one of the top teams in the competition was not that bad a result.

"It's not disappointing at all," he said.

"To lose by two points to one of the best sides in the competition was pretty good," Kahler said.

He said the close game could have gone either way, but the Devils had dominated for the majority.

While still proud of his team's efforts, Kahler admitted his side should have taken the win.

Kahler said a few dubious calls from referees against the Devils impacted the side's campaign.

"Some were a bit ordinary and they stand out in a tight game like that," Kahler said.

"They didn't help our forwards."

Tries from Ben Ashford, Mitch Heaton and Billy Rogers gave the Devils their near-game-clinching edge and Dave Cutler converted twice.

Kahler said the game was one of the best performances the Devils have put on all season, and it meant things could be looking even better as they progress through the season.

"I'm pretty happy with the way we went," he said.

As far as a fourth place sitting goes, Kahler doesn't see a problem at this point of the season.

"I'm not thinking about it too much at the moment," he said.

He said the Devils have recently played two top sides and upcoming games will pose less of a challenge.

He said the Devils have a good chance of seeing some positive outcomes in games to come, including their next round against Nambour.

Their chances have been improved with the introduction of Matthew "Captain America" Petersen and the newly-signed Telstra Cup and South Sydney Rabbitoh Jamie Russo.

"If the guys play like they did last weekend against Nambour then we should win by quite a bit," Kahler said.

He said now is the time for the Devils to claim some victories and bump themselves back up the ladder.

"We should be able to put a few wins together.

"I'm sure we can put a few wins together," Kahler said.

Kahler said the Devils home game against Nambour will make for a great viewing and should draw a bumper crowd.

"This weekend should be a good game to watch," Kahler said.

The Devils play Nambour at Jack Stokes Oval at 7pm.

 

Round 15

  • Kawana 26 def Maroochydore 16.
  • Caloundra 42 def Nambour 22.
  • Beerwah 30 def Bribie Island 10.

 

Next round

Saturday, July 7

  • Gympie v Nambour
  • Bribie Island v Maroochydore
  • Kawana v Caboolture

Sunday, July 8

  • Caloundra v Noosa
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