Shaun Wilson, Billy Rogers and Riley McDowall combine to tackle a Caloundra Sharks player on Saturday night.
Shaun Wilson, Billy Rogers and Riley McDowall combine to tackle a Caloundra Sharks player on Saturday night. Craig Warhurst

Devils smash rivals in wet

GYMPIE Devils proved they are a force to be reckoned with after smashing the Caloundra Sharks in the rain on Saturday.

The 56-24 win was the team-moulding game the Devils had been waiting for at Jack Stokes Oval.

Stand-in coach Darren Burns said the home game performance was the best the team had produced this season.

"This was by far their best performance of the year," Burns said.

Their hard tackling and long runs were proof the Devils were pushing forward with their best efforts, despite the wet conditions.

Burns attributed the win to the Devils' "right attitude".

He said the team showed up to the game with a positive attitude, a key factor they had looked at in training and in the pre-game warm-up.

rns said every team member sent forward a message that they wanted to play, which was a turn-around from the attitude presented at previous games.

"Other times they didn't have the right attitude to win a game of football.

"This time they really wanted to do it," Burns said.

The game was positive, a welcome back to key try-scorer Nick Swan, who had been out with injury.

Swan again proved his on-field worth, scoring two tries, also equalled by Ben Ashford.

Trent Lovett, Danny McMah, Todd White, Shaun Wilson, Reece Coleman and Billy Rodgers also put points on the board.

David Cutler was in excellent form, kicking eight goals to solidify the Devils' lead.

Riley McDowall's solid season continued on Saturday, his runs clocking up many valuable metres.

The back line were in their best form this season, working as a solid unit and bolstering the team.

Burns said on paper the Devils have the team to beat anyone and hopes this last game will provide the confidence they need to make it happen on the field.

The win puts Gympie in a tie with Caloundra for fifth position on the ladder, both on 13 points.

The side hopes to boost their middle-of-the-ladder ranking when they clash with the Noosa Pirates at Noosa at 3pm this Sunday.

 

Standings:

Team P W D L PF PA Pts
Kawana 9 8 1 - 363 104 21
Caboolture 9 7 1 1 379 80 19
Noosa 9 5 - 4 242 176 14
Maroochydore 9 4 2 3 217 155 14
Gympie 9 4 1 4 164 120 13
Caloundra 9 4 - 5 278 203 13
Nambour 9 4 - 5 216 200 12
Beerwah 9 2 - 7 102 402 8
Bribie Island 10 - - 10 49 596 2
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