Two try hero Tobs Viravu runs over the top of Maroochydore defenders on Sunday.
Two try hero Tobs Viravu runs over the top of Maroochydore defenders on Sunday. Craig Warhurst

Devils have massive win

POWERFUL running and hard-hitting defence set the scene for the Devils’ massive 38-0 win over Maroochydore on Sunday.

The Swans had no answer as Gympie’s powerful pack, led by Kurt Fleming, Riley McDowell and Darren Burns, steamrolled their opposition in the first half.

The hard running and even harder tackling let the Gympie backs run riot in the eight tries to nil demolition.

Coach John Greensil said his team did everything he had asked of them in the first half and led 24-0.

In the second half, he said the Devils tried to be a bit fancy in attack and only scored 14 extra points after bombing a couple of tries.

But Greensil was happy with the Devils’ commitment in defence, especially keeping the Swans from crossing the Devils’ try-line.

Greensil was full of praise for centre Ben Ashford, saying the centre had played himself back into form.

“Ben, along with Barry Berrigan, Trent Callaghan and Darren Burns, all had good games,” he said.

“It is pretty hard to single people out. Everyone played well. It was the sort of game everyone looked good.”

The Devils have now guaranteed themselves a spot in the Caloundra RSL Cup finals and a home semi-final, but are still looking to win the minor premiership.

They are currently second on the ladder, three points behind Caloundra and one point in front of Nambour.

“If we win our next three games, we will win the minor premiership,” Greensil said.

Gympie comes up against Caboolture next week in their final home game.

Second last-placed Caboolture knocked off the Devils in their last match and Greensil is after some revenge.

But Caboolture is a stronger outfit than the team that last played the Devils.

Greensil said Caboolture had just sacked their coach, and players who hadn’t been playing first grade for the Snakes had returned under a new coach.

“It won’t be an easy win. We will need to be on our game to take the points,” Greensil said.

If the Devils do win this weekend, it will set the scene for a massive clash against Caloundra. The winner of the game will win the minor premiership as well as the Billy Moore Shield – a trophy put up for the top two teams midway in the competition.

Point scorers: Danny McMah 2, Tobs Viravu 2, Ben Ashford, Nick Swan, Kane Ernst, Darren Burns tries. Goals: Craig Marshall1, Nick Swan 2.

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