Nambour Crushers player Nick Wheeler attempts to break through Kurt Fleming and Josh Greaves’ tight defence.
Nambour Crushers player Nick Wheeler attempts to break through Kurt Fleming and Josh Greaves’ tight defence. Darryn Smith

Praise for Gympie's 'gutsy win'

GYMPIE overcame a 22-point half-time deficit to beat Nambour at the weekend in what coach John Greensill labelled the "gutsiest" win he had witnessed.

Greensill said the victory was especially gratifying considering the Gympie side was without five of its first 17.

"I've been involved in a lot of gutsy wins but that's probably the best I've had anything to do with," Greensill said.

"We only had 12 fresh blokes today and five sat up from reserve grade and that's why it's such a great win."

It was all Nambour in the first half as the home side played with composure to score four tries.

Nambour's first try came in the 11th minute and was followed by three more in quick succession.

Heading into the break with a comfortable 22-0 lead, Nambour looked to have the match under complete control.

But the home side turned into a train wreck in the second half, capitulating in stunning fashion as the Devils rallied to score 30 unanswered points.

The first of Gympie's tries came in the 43rd minute when centre Tom White scored out wide before halfback Ashley Humble converted his first of six goals.

Humble took control of the match, kicking a 40/20 from their next set before lock Josh Greaves crossed for his first of three tries.

Humble produced another 40/20 in the Devils next set before league veteran Darren Burns crashed over to make it 22-18.

Taking the lead in the 57th minute when Greaves barged over for his second, the Devils looked to be unstoppable.

Merely three minutes later Greaves crossed the line for the last time giving the Devils a 30-22 lead before White dashed over for his second of the match.

Gympie Rugby League president Jim Bougoure said Darren Burns and Kurt Fleming led by example, helping the players find their feet in the second half.

Taking on Caloundra at home this weekend, the Devils are confident they can find their third consecutive win this season.

Gympie Times


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