Isis Devils beaten mercilessly by Past Brothers
A WEEK is a long time in sport and the adage is not more fitting than it is for Isis Devils.
Just a week after they overcame the Hervey Bay Seagulls in front of a raucous home crowd, The Devils were beaten mercilessly by Past Brothers.
Hooker Nathan Sullivan and fullback Jacob Klaasen were unable to finish the game due to injury, but the lack of fresh bodies was by no means an excuse for Devils coach Simon Ricciardi.
Brothers were on another level.
Coaches continually point to the fundamentals of the game for why they win or lose: ball handling, conceding too many penalties, and not executing plays are the most frequently used.
It was those simple aspects of the game Brothers controlled, while Devils struggled to hold out the new league leaders in a first-half blitz.
"It's important to complete your sets in the first 30 minutes and we didn't do that; Brothers did,"
"We were under the pump. We lost a few to injury and a few others were playing their second game (after playing reserve grade)," he said.
"It was a big effort considering that but Brothers were too good."
Brothers coach Mat Templeman sat on the bench itching to be part of the win, but damaged ankle ligaments mean he will stay on the sidelines for four to six weeks.
Templeman said all players stood up in what he considered a strong team performance.
"Brent Kuskey was massive," he said.
"He played the full 80
minutes and was outstanding from the first minute to the last.
"I don't particularly want to single anyone out. It was a strong team effort; everyone performed across the park."
The "strong team performance" was built on the back of heavy hits, jarring tackles and bullocking runs from forwards Naupoto Taulanga and Vahiti Hopoi.
Taulanga was enormous.
He often put his hand up for multiple hit-ups per set, pulled off several enormous shots, and even scored a try as reward for his efforts.
"The way they carried it up was exactly what we needed," Templeman said.
"Isis have one of the biggest packs in the comp but the boys really stood up."
Brothers 38 (J Akers 2, B Kuskey 2, D Finter, N Taulanga, J McCrae tries; J Carl 5 goals) d Isis Devils 6 (R Blair try; Z Dann goal).
Hervey Bay Seagulls 54 (T Ingebrigtsen 2, A Braun 2, B Stefanuik 2, T Horne, D Leapai, C Ford, A Fitzgerald tries; C Horne 6, J Lavelle goals) d Waves Tigers 6 (S Lalanabaravi try; M Harvey goal)
Wests Panthers 40 (K Chapman 2, T Whaleboat 2, W Nagas, R Telfer, J Tanner tries; J Tanner 6 goals) d Easts Magpies 24 (D Rogers 2, C Stibbards, R Maughan, C Gazzard tries; T Ward goal).