Kris Kahler (left) comes on over the top for a hit. He was one of the Devils’ best on Saturday night.
Kris Kahler (left) comes on over the top for a hit. He was one of the Devils’ best on Saturday night. Craig Warhurst

Devils send Swans flying

THE fans turned out to watch the Devils kick the Swans down the Sunshine Coast Gympie Rugby League points ladder on Saturday night, winning the match 46-12.

Braving the cold, wet conditions, a good number of supporters headed to Jack Stokes oval to watch an impressive Devils defeat.

Devils captain Riley McDowell said it was a good win.

But he said it was a tough match during “the first 20 minutes”.

“I think they were missing a couple of their key forwards,” McDowell said.

Gympie’s big forward pack had plenty of muscle and was proving hard to beat each week.

With the 46-12 win under their belt, Gympie has jumped to equal first on the ladder just under Caboolture, who are beating them only with points against.

It was the Devils’ seventh win in a row.

McDowell said Gympie managed to get a “fair few points” on the board.

“They found it hard to keep our forwards out,” he said of Maroochydore’s defence.

“Our dominant defence is shutting teams out.”

McDowell said prop Adam Starr was the best on the night.

“He’s been around the game for a long time and has played well all year. He’s a tough player.”

After a bit of a slow start to the season, the captain said the club felt they were on a bit of a roll.

“Everyone’s been defending so well. It gives us a good platform to attack.”

“It’s good to have players like Jake Harney who can score something out of nothing and Ben Ashford, who is coming into fine form and can also pull something out of nothing.”

McDowell thanked Gympie supporters who braved the chilly wet conditions to support the team.

“A crowd that turns out to a wet weather game is a big boost to the players. It's great to hear them supporting us.”

Next week the Devils have a bye before taking on Kawana – in what will be a clash to remember, after the team gave them a flogging last round.

“We’ll have a point to prove,” McDowell said of the upcoming bout.

Gympie Times


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