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Round 5 Saturday wrap: Devils continue to make Meg Ward proud

Norths Devils BMD Premiership coach Meg Ward was beaming with pride after her side beat Central Queensland Capras in their Round 5 at Bishop Park.

"Stoked... I'm so proud of the girls," Ward said.

"It was scrappy... I still think we've got a lot to work on, especially in our attack. Defensively, we're so strong, but I feel like we give them too much footy and give them too many opportunities and we can work on that through our attack.

"But all-in-all they showed so much heart. I mean, five minutes to go and you've got Georgia Hannaway chasing down a kick and grounding it before Tamika Upton. That's what we've got at Norths... we've got heart like that. Super proud of the girls."

Ward said she had been constantly impressed by second rower Portia Bourke, but everyone in her side had been stepping up.

"I've been so proud of and stoked with Portia Bourke... she's been carving up in the back row, halfback Jocelyn Kelleher has been leading us around the park, Montaya Hudson looks great when she's getting that footy out the back... my middles, my pack, every single one them is really starting to step up and find their own," Ward said.

Devils on the move. Photo: Christian Simm/Norths Devils
Devils on the move. Photo: Christian Simm/Norths Devils

"Jada Ferguson is carving up at No.9... I'm just so proud of all of them."

Ward reinforced moving forward, attack would be the focus for her side.

"Definitely attack... hitting them down the corner, being comfortable kicking to a corner and earning the right," Ward said.

Capras five-eighth Emmanita Paki, who scored the Capras' only try, said "it was a very tough game".

"Obviously Norths have a very big forward pack and unfortunately we had a few of our forwards go down but we made the most out of it," Paki said.

Emmanita Paki. Photo: Christian Simm/Norths Devils
Emmanita Paki. Photo: Christian Simm/Norths Devils

"We were lucky enough my try came straight after one of theirs, our energy was there, but unfortunately we lost it at the end.

"We've got a few injuries now but we're still going forward and still trying to be that team that everyone wants to beat."

Elsewhere, Souths Logan Magpies winger Kiarah Siauane scored a hat-trick and fullback Evania Pelite a double as the Magpies had a field day against Sunshine Coast Falcons.

And Brisbane Tigers and Tweed Seagulls finished with a draw.

On Sunday, Wynnum Manly Seagulls and Burleigh Bears face off at BMD Kougari Oval.

And the Western Clydesdales and Mackay Cutters meet in Toowoomba.

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