Devils crush Nambour
IF anyone doubted the Gympie Devils rugby league side are real 2010 Premiership contenders they won’t after Saturday night’s dominant performance.
The Devils crushed competition leaders Nambour 38-18 at Jack Stokes Oval in front of a parochial home crowd and now sit outright second on the Caloundra RSL Cup table, one point behind Caloundra.
The Devils’ aggressive defence was the corner stone for win.
The first half was an arm wrestle with both teams fighting for control of the ruck, but a 15 minute stoppage in play early in the second half proved to be the turning point of the game.
An ambulance had to be called for a Nambour player with an injured neck stopping the game.
The score was locked at 18 all when play resumed.
Gympie played the ball and placed a deft chip kick into Nambour’s in goal.
Devils’ winger Ben Ashford raced into the in goal dived on the ball to give the Devils a four point lead.
The Devils’ defensive line was superb for the remainder of the second half continually forcing errors from the Nambour attackers.
Even a fight instigated by Nambour didn’t put the team on the back foot.
From there, the Devils piled on another 16 unanswered points to take the game 38-18.
The highlight of the match was a length of the field try to Tobs Viravu.
The speedy Fijian winger received the ball from a Nambour kick-off behind his own try line.
He sprinted to the defensive line busted three tackles before linking up with hooker Barry Berrigan.
Berrigan drew the Nambour fullback and passed to give Viravu and easy run to the line.
Coach John Greensill said he was impressed with the way his team stood up for each other in defence in a fiery game.
“The boys were really aggressive in defence,” Greensill said.
“It is a part of our game that is really improving, we are playing for each other.”
He said Riley McDowall got the points for Players Player, closely followed by new recruit Fletcher Holmes.
Holmes started on the bench for the Devils, but showed his class scoring in the second half.
Greensill said Holmes was only playing his second game for the Devils, but is a talented player, who has played in the QCup and was a junior Bronco.
“We have so much depth in the team now.” Greensill said.
“We won without Nick Swann and Darren Burns - we have unreal players on the bench and a top reserve grade side,” he said.
TRY SCORERS: Ray Ioane, Tobs Viravu, Ben Ashford, Barry Berrigan, Trent Callaghan, Andrew McKee, and Fletcher Holmes.
GOALS: Craig Marshall 4, Riley McDowall 1.