NORTHS DEVILS 42 defeat CENTRAL COMETS 16
The representative season is almost out the backdoor and, for one, Norths coach Wayne Treleaven won�t be offering a teary farewell.
His depleted State League side walked away 42-16 winners against Central in Rockhampton on Saturday night, but Treleaven realised the Devils could only push their luck for so long.
State of Origin, Queensland Residents and numerous junior commitments have drained Norths significantly. A surprise loss by the club�s all-conquering Colts team to newcomer Hills District on the weekend was perhaps the best indication yet.
�We�ve had enough of all that,� Treleaven said, �It�s time we get a bit of momentum as a club through all grades.�
�I think continuity is what we are looking for mostly. There�s a lot of improvement left in this club, it�s just a matter of whether we�ll get it out before the end of the season because they�re such a young bunch.�
Specifically Treleaven believes the Devils can cut down drastically on the number of �soft� tries they have conceded this season.
After a dominant opening display against Central at Browne Park, the Devils relinquished a try to Matt Hill before halftime courtesy of an intercept on their own line. The second half then finished 10-all.
On the positive side of things, teenagers Brenton Stonier (pictured), Luke Millwood and Josh Tatupu all turned in impressive displays. The trio was complemented well by forwards Antonio Kaufusi and Pat Gardner, both of whom lifted from previous weeks.
Fullback Quentin Laulu-Togagae was replaced after 10 minutes and is expected to be sidelined for a month with knee injury.
Still in third spot the Devils have the bye next week, while Central continues its quest for its first win of the season against Easts at Langlands Park in Round 16.
NORTHS 42 (Brenton Stonier 2, Josh Tatupu 2, Marc Brentnall, Luke Millwood, Aaron Bulow, Scott Anderson tries; Luke Millwood 5 goals)
CENTRAL 16 (Matt Hill, Adam Geddes, Herewini Rangi tries; James Radloff 2 goals).
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