Cities pave way for finals after 58-32 win over Devils
IT SEEMS there’s no sympathy for the Devils – Roma Cities proved that with an emphatic win to cap their final home game for the year.
THE Miles Devils, who have endured a difficult season of dwindling player numbers and injuries, went into Saturday’s match against the Gladiators to prove they could put one more win under their belt.
Despite keeping the Roma boys on their toes with a strong start, the Gladiators managed to widen the gap by half-time, which saw them take the match in their stride with a convincing 58-32 win.
Jake Street, making his A-Grade debut after a good performance in the Reserves, guided Cities home by kicking six goals for the match.
Cities manager Jason Coonan said it ended up being a good win for Cities, who are now one of the contenders for the upcoming finals.
“They played well in patches, but had some moments of lapses where [Miles] got some soft tries against our defence,” Coonan said.
Roma Cities will also move into the finals with star player Brendan Grulke back on board, after his stint away with the Queensland Rangers.
“We’ve missed him for more games than we’ve actually had him. But the 17 players today can hold their heads up high,” Jason said.
“Our attack was really good; there are still areas for us to work on in the lead-up to the finals, but we just play each game as they come. The boys are motivated.
“We want all the Cities supporters to don their blue gear and cheer us on in the finals!”
But while the Devils are out of the season from their last match against St George, coach Tim Ryan said it was still a good match.
“We started short on numbers, and finished even shorter due to injuries. For us to put 30 points on the table in those conditions is really good,” he said.
“All in all, with who we got out, and with the other team at the top of the ladder, we competed alright.
“We’ve still got a round left, so we’d love to beat Chinchilla at a home game, even though we’re out of the finals.”
In the final round for the 2016 season, Cities play Mitchell in a home game, while the Red Bulls host St George.