Devils torn apart by Red Ants in Kingaroy exhibition match

Isaiah Gray sets up another Red Ants attack.
Isaiah Gray sets up another Red Ants attack. Keagan Elder

IT WAS a game that matched a David and Goliath battle as the under 16 Red Ants made their way onto the field to play the Dalby Devils.

Outsized by the Devils' forwards, the Red Ants pushed through their crunching tackles despite the size difference.

But the deomstrated size in the rugby league match did not matter after second-rower Will Kling broke free to score the first try.

Under-16 Red Ants' coach Mal Clark said the attack was backed by a strong backline defence.

"In the second half we were able to use our structure," he said.

"Our boys went in hard; they can still do it when they're little.

"(But) we did have a gym session in the off-season."

With a balance of play throughout the paddock the Red Ants were able to take a comfortable 20-10 home win at the exhibition match.

While the Red Ants won comfortably, Clark said there was still room for improvement that he has picked up in the early rounds of the season.

"We've still got a fair bit of work to do on our line-running on the edges," he said.

He picked up his wingers drifting out of position against the Devils at the weekend, a flaw that left them exposed on the field."Our halves struggled to find runners; the runners weren't where they were supposed to be," Clark said.

As well as their structure on the field, Clark wants to continue to develop his team's fitness and stamina to keep them at the top level of competition.

The U16 Red Ants are set to play the Central Burnett at Kingaroy this weekend.

Junior results

U12 Murgon beat Nanango 24-20

U12 Kingaroy beat Wondai 14-10

U12 Cherbourg beat Central Burnett 28-10

U14 Wondai beat Chinchilla (II) 40-4

U14 Kingaroy beat Chinchilla (I) 50-4

U16 Kingaroy beat Dalby 20-10

U16 Cherbourg beat Central Burnett 60-20

U18 Nanango beat Murgon 30-28

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