A HALF-TIME blasting from coach John Greensill spurred the Gympie Devils rugby league team back into action against the Noosa Pirates at the weekend.
Playing before a home crowd Sunday, the Devils shrugged off a sluggish first half to win 48-18. The win included an incredible 36 unanswered points late in the second half.
“It was a great weekend for the club,” Greensill said. “All grades won at home and that hasn’t happened in quite a while.”
The Devils opened the scoring early in the encounter but fell into a hole as Noosa started to gain the upper hand with a succession of tries.
Trailing 14-12 at the break, Greensill said the Devils were lucky to still be in touch.
“The boys were lethargic and didn’t look as though they wanted to be there,” he said. “Words were spoken.”
The pasting from the coach reignited the fire in the Devils’ belly and the team returned to the field with a new-found resolve.
“There was a complete contrast between the first and second half,” Greensill said.
In particular, the coach said the way his side played in the last 20 minutes of the game was the best he had seen.
Winning the game has allowed the Devils to remain joint leaders with Nambour on top of the ladder and with Gympie having a bye this weekend, Nambour may break free.
However, the Devils clash with Nambour the week following in a game promising to be epic.
Scoring for Gympie were Danny McMah (2), Ray Ione, Ratu Viravu, Shaun Wilson, Kurt Fleming, Barry Berrigan, Kane Ernst and Trent Callaghan. Nick Swan chimed in with six goals.