Isis face a tough test against Brothers
EVERY game of rugby league is a test - the physical nature of the sport sets it apart from all others - and Isis will face the harshest scrutiny in the A-grade competition of the Bundaberg Rugby League when it hosts Brothers tomorrow.
The high-flying Brethren are the benchmark of the competition and have built an imposing record this season through potent attack and ridged defence, and after scraping a 30-16 win from Easts at the weekend with a depleted team, the challenge might look too much for the Devils.
But don't discount Isis's chances at home.
Back in March the Devils hosted Hervey Bay and were given no chance of victory but stunned the Seagulls with a 26-18 win.
Isis had a third of the team that defeated Easts at the weekend backing up from reserve grade and coach Simon Ricciardi knows regardless of the players he has available the game will be tough.
"I'm hoping to get a few players back to have almost a full-strength side," Ricciardi said.
"It'll be good to see the boys take what they have been working on for the past few weeks against Brothers who are definitely going to test us mentally and physically."
The physical test will begin at kick off but the mental test will begin when the Isis players look at the ladder.
Brothers sit on top of the table with a 9-1 win-loss record and score at a rate of 46.8 points per game and conceded 9.6 points. Isis will have to be at its very best to have a chance of beating the premiership favourites.
In the games at Salter Oval on Sunday, Waves Tigers take on Hervey Bay and Easts clash with Wests.
The Tigers need to control the ball to have a chance and with the Seagulls hot on the heels of Brothers will be pushing for the win.
Wests are fourth on the ladder with a better for and against than Isis, if Nathan Tanner's men play to their potential the added two competition points will be welcomed.