Devils ruffle Swans’ feathers with solid team effort
THE Gympie Devils division two rugby league team showed why they are the top team on Saturday against Maroochydore Swans.
The Gympie side toppled the Swans 46-24.
Coach Philip Webb said the boys had a great first half completing most of their sets putting Maroochydore under early pressure.
The Devils ended up scoring three tries in the first 15 minutes.
Maroochydore fought back and crossed the try line but were soon put in their place as the Devils retaliated by adding one more try to bring the half-time score to 26-6.
Tries were scored by Dale Jerome, Josh Brady, Rob Kirtenfeldt, Karl Leupold, Jacob Friske and Nick Wheeler with three.
Michael Plate also kicked four goals and one from Wayne Marshall.
Webb said the players went in to the second half very focused scoring another two quick tries before the Devils dropped off allowing the Swans to scurry over the line and take control.
Like the Devils the Swans were able to run away with three tries in a matter of 15 minutes.
"Poor defence let them score three tries until the boys dug deep to gain back momentum," Webb said.
The Devils finished off the game with two more tries - one from under-18 player Jacob Friske and another by fellow U18 team mate Michael Giles who sat on the bench for most of the game.
Webb gave a big rap to the U18 boys for stepping up and helping out the team.
He said standout players were Nick Wheeler scoring three tries and making some great runs.
Wayne Marshall also made a lot of metres up the middle.
Dean Bull had a strong defensive game taking some huge hits while Michael Plate and half partner Kadison Millard had solid games.
"All in all everyone played a part in a strong display for most of the game," he said.