INSPIRATION: Isis Devils captain Peter Grant leads his side out, flanked by former Isis players, before the clash against Hervey Bay Seagulls at Childers Showground last month.
INSPIRATION: Isis Devils captain Peter Grant leads his side out, flanked by former Isis players, before the clash against Hervey Bay Seagulls at Childers Showground last month.

Devils chasing consistency

EACH time Isis Devils captain Peter Grant runs out onto the field, he leaves nothing in the tank.

And he wouldn't have it any other way.

The 29-year-old front-rower said he loved rugby league and modelled his playing style on Canterbury Bulldogs and Queensland State of Origin star Steve Price.

"He wasn't the flashiest player but just went out there and did his job," he said.

"I like to think I do the same."

It's been a mixed few weeks for the Devils.

ON THE CHARGE: Wests Panthers player Will Nagas takes on the Waves Tigers’ defence at Childers Showground last month.
ON THE CHARGE: Wests Panthers player Will Nagas takes on the Waves Tigers’ defence at Childers Showground last month. Matthew Mcinerney

The team had an emotional, hard-fought win against title favourites Hervey Bay (26-18) a few weeks ago but was humbled two weeks ago by a rampaging Brothers outfit (38-6).

"The feeling we had out there against Brothers just wasn't the same as the Hervey Bay game," he said.

"Once they got that lead up, it was hard to chase down. We did a lot better in the second half but weren't able to claw it back."

Despite the win against Hervey Bay, he believed they were the side to beat in 2015.

"As far as I can see, Hervey Bay is very strong but you can never rule out Brothers," he said.

TUSSLE: Across the Waves’ Bailey Brown confronts Hervey Bay’s Tye Ingebrietsen at Salter Oval on March 28.
TUSSLE: Across the Waves’ Bailey Brown confronts Hervey Bay’s Tye Ingebrietsen at Salter Oval on March 28.

"My old man owns a passionfruit farm and I work on that," he said.

"It's a pretty demanding job, seven days a week."

Grant said he had grown fond of his role on and off the field as a leader of the Devils and believed the mateship developed by the team was the club's greatest asset.

"I have been playing for Childers for about five years, give or take," he said,

"We are trying to develop our younger players and bring them through.

"I remember when I started out, I really looked up to the older players.

"I'm just trying to do my best to steer the young fellas in the right direction."

CALLING THE SHOTS: Isis Devils tackle Waves Tigers in 2015 Bundaberg Rugby League fixtures.
CALLING THE SHOTS: Isis Devils tackle Waves Tigers in 2015 Bundaberg Rugby League fixtures.

Grant said he knew the side would need to work hard against Wallaroos this weekend at Maryborough.

"We are going to have to lift our game compared to how we played against Brothers," he said.

FAST FACTS

THE main game at Salter Oval could be the best of the season so far. Rugged Wests defence meets clinical Brothers attack head on at the home of rugby league in Bundaberg.

For the past two seasons, Wests have based its game on doing the basics well and pouncing when the time is right.

Brothers have improved from last season and will be tough to handle with Joel McCrea stepping up his game in attack and defence.

The input of McCrea and his fellow forwards will be vital for Brothers and the battle with Wests' hard-nosed men in the middle will be worth the admission price.

FAST FACTS

EASTS started the season well against Waves Tigers with a 94-4 win but the 2014 preliminary finalists crashed back to earth with back-to-back losses.

It gets no easier for the rebuilding Magpies when they face Hervey Bay at Salter Oval.

The Seagulls recruited well in the summer but the results have not been what the competition expected.

Captain Reece Maughan loves a physical contest and against players like Hervey Bay's Tye Ingebrietsen, his toughness will be required to get the win.

FAST FACTS

ISIS Devils showed its potential with a 26-18 win against Hervey Bay in Childers and this weekend against Wallaroos a similar performance will be needed to get the two points.

With a hostile crowd expected on a ground that gives the opposition few creature comforts, the players who want to be there will be easy to spot.

Enthusiasm from the Devils will count for plenty against Wallaroos in Maryborough and if the men from Isis are down even slightly, the home team should get the points.

The game will perfectly suited to forwards Peter Grant and Royce Blair and with them running the ball up, Isis might put the Roos on the back foot early.



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