WESTERN Suburbs continue to be one of the in-form teams in the Bundaberg Rugby League.

On Saturday, they smashed a depleted Isis Devils outfit 56-10.

With just 14 players, Isis struggled to maintain their intensity as the Panthers secured their third straight win.

Two tries to Robert Telfer, William Nagas and Tyson Whaleboat set up the win and kept the team in the top two on the ladder.

While Panthers' attack was impressive, coach Nathan Tanner said the defence was even better.

"We worked all week on defence and a kick-and-chase strategy," he said.

"It worked pretty well against Isis, so I'm happy with that."

With the chance to give others some game time, Tanner was pleased with the depth of his team.

"Josh Garden didn't play with an ankle injury and we had Richard Nagas on the bench to give him a rest," he said.

"Our cover players Danny Clancy and Bevan Page really stood up and played well."

With Hervey Bay coming up this weekend at Stafford Park, the Panthers know they will need to prepare well.

"I've coached Seagulls before and they love playing in front of their home crowd," Tanner said.

"We need to stay structured and stick together."

Isis will aim to secure their first win of the season against Eastern Suburbs at Salter Oval on Sunday.

The Magpies late yesterday drew 18-18 with the Wallaroos. More on that in tomorrow's NewsMail.



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