Devils miss out on a third win
RUGBY LEAGUE: The Gympie Devils enjoyed not having to travel this week for their game at Jack Stokes Oval on Saturday but didn't get the result they wanted.
Gympie Devils captain Michael Plate said a crowd watched the home game, including many supporters from the Nolan Gympie Muster Cup Race Day.
"It was very vocal," Plate said.
The Devils got off to a good start against Caboolture's top team, scoring the first two tries.
But it went downhill from there, with the Caboolture Snakes able to get points on the board, going on to win 26-18 - and secure themselves a ticket in to the grand-final.
It leaves the Devils having to carry on the fight for another week.
Plate said the Snakes were able to get the majority of possession and repeatedly gained more sets.
"They were a well drilled, skilful side that wore us down.
"We knew they would be really strong in the middle and try to run over us.
"We struggled to hang on to the ball," he said.
Caleb Kerr and Dean Bull shone, with both scoring great individual tries.
Kerr stood up to Caboolture physically putting in some good shots in the front-row and hooker Bull was a defensive leader who ran and tackled hard the entire game, Plate said.
In their defence, Plate said many team members had gone down with the flu, and were not able to play.
"We should have four or five guys back in the team this week," he said.
The Devils will not only have players returning but will also have three of four players from the Gympie Devils under-18s team providing extra manpower against their next opponents, Beerwah.
Michael Giles and Jakob Friske played well for the division two side at the weekend.
The team will be back in training as usual this week.
"We know what we need to do."
Saturday's loss was what was needed and now it is out of the way, Plate said.
"Hopefully we can make a fresh start and come out firing against Beerwah.
"They will be a strong team."
The Devils only just won against the Beerwah Bulldogs in their first encounter earlier this season, and posted a big score against Beachmere at Jack Stokes on Saturday.
"They will have their tails up this week."