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Norths brace for physical challenge
NORTHS Devils coach Shane Kiss is excited to get his side back into action this weekend for their FOGS Cup clash with Ipswich Jets following an early-season bye.
Kiss’s team’s last start was a tough win over Easts Tigers and he’s predicting another physical battle against the dangerous Jets.
“I’m expecting it to be a very physical and quick game out there,” Kiss said. “We’re not the biggest team, but we play up-tempo and hopefully we’ll match it with Ipswich down the middle.”
The early season break has come at a good time for Devils, with Kiss saying it could have its benefits down the track.
“It’s actually been good timing with it happening now,” he said. “We’ve had a few niggling injuries so the rest has done us good, allowed us to recuperate and helped us get on top of it.
“But it’s always good to get back out there and the boys are certainly raring to go.”
Though impressed with all of his players’ performances so far, Kiss gave credit to two of his men for their work and development.
“Our hooker Ben Sullivan is always consistent, providing that threat down the middle,” he said.
“And Matty Brown, our captain, does a mountain of work and leads by example.”
Meanwhile, it was another week of tight finishes in round 4 FOGS Cup action, with Redcliffe Dolphins maintaining their undefeated start with an 18-10 win against a valiant Carina Tigers at Dolphin Oval.
Ipswich Jets defeated Easts Tigers 16-6, while Souths Logan and Wynnum Manly played out an entertaining 16-16 draw at Davies Park.
FOGS Colts Challenge round six fixtures saw plenty of points and entertainment.
Toowoomba Clydesdales beat Norths Devils 28-26, Souths overpowered Wynnum Manly 32-8, Dwayne Duncan scored twice and kicked six goals in undefeated Redcliffe’s 40-18 win over Ipswich and Burleigh Bears scored a 29-22 win against Sunshine Coast, with Carne Rhodes scoring twice to maintain the Bears’ solid season start.
This weekend will see Tweed Heads Seagulls and Easts Tigers back after their bye weeks, while Burleigh and Ipswich will each get their first week off for the season.