Devils centre Barry Blackman in action.
Devils centre Barry Blackman in action. Gary Hutchison

Devils ready to turn up furnace

THE furnace will heat up tomorrow in a battle between arch rivals Isis Devils and Brothers.

Isis, Brothers, Hervey Bay and Easts share the top of the Bundaberg Rugby League ladder in a four-way tie.

Devils coach David Jones said defence would determine which club secured the coveted minor premiership.

“With four weeks to go, there's only two tries between the top four on percentages,” coach Jones said.

“It's not just a matter of winning games, but it's the difference in the scorelines that could decide who gets the minor premiership.”

Facing a selection crisis with the unavailability of key players through injuries, the Isis mentor is calling on commitment from his charges in this week's crucial clash.

“We're in a worse place with injuries at this stage of the season than we were last year,” he said.

Utility back Lyal Darby, centre Kurt Thompson, winger Brodie Walters and forward Peter Grant will all be absent from the encounter with their rivals.

“In the end, all that matters is that everyone has a dig, does the hard stuff for the full 80 (minutes) and we win,” Jones said.

“Nothing flash, nothing fancy, it's the two points that count.

“And an ugly win, if that's what it will be, will be just as sweet,” he added.

Jones was loathe to comment about where he thought his under-strength warriors would gain the upper hand.

“Any win will have to come from a supreme effort from everyone right across the park,” he said.



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