Gympie Devils backrower Shaun Wilson is ready to slice through Nambour’s defence this weekend.
Gympie Devils backrower Shaun Wilson is ready to slice through Nambour’s defence this weekend. Craig Warhurst

Devils hungry for a win

GYMPIE Devils charge into their second fixture of the season tomorrow when the A-grade side takes on Nambour.

After banking a week's rest due to a bye last weekend, the local side runs into the game with fresh legs and high hopes.

Confidence within the team will be high after their dominant and inspiring first round win over Maroochydore 20-12.

Gympie Rugby League president Jim Bougoure said the match looked promising for the Devils.

"Darren Burns will be returning this weekend," he said.

"He is a great player who can lead a team from experience and determination.

"He plays for us when he can and definitely has a positive impact on those games."

Kicking off at 3pm on Nambour's home ground, the Devils hope to continue their strong form and seize a third consecutive win of the year.

The Devils U18 side has decided to forfeit this weekend's game and the one a week later because of representative commitments.

Coach Ben Harney said 10 players would be missing from his side.

"With only nine players we would be outplayed and potentially lose by more than 80 points," he said.

"It's better to take a loss without suffering the negative points against.

"It's only the second and third game of the season so it won't make or break us."

Seven of the team members will be playing for the Wide Bay rugby league while three are switching codes and playing rugby union.

Gympie Rugby League encourages supporters to cheer for their local team in what will be a bumper day of footy.

Reserve grade kicks off from 1.20pm before A Grade hits the field at 3pm.

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