Red Devils belt Brothers to keep finals campaign alive
A TWO-try effort from Byron Bay hooker Tim Foster highlighted the Red Devils' 30-6 win over Marist Brothers in the NRRRL elimination semi-final at Crozier Field, Lismore.
Foster scored the only try of the first half and crossed early in the second stanza to give his side a 12-0 lead.
It was a controlled performance by the Red Devils with Foster and prop Simon Kelly at the helm.
Foster, who played a number of seasons with Redcliffe in the Queensland Cup, has been a handy addition since linking with the Red Devils midway through the season.
"Tim was outstanding. He does all the little things right which don't always get seen," Byron Bay coach Scott Sattler said.
"I think we sent a strong message that we're not just here to make up the numbers."
The Rams didn't get on the scoreboard until the 71st minute when halfback Jacob Follent went over and converted his own try.
Sattler confirmed Byron Bay had gone into the game with a plan devised to nullify Brothers dangermen prop Darryl Butcher and fullback Mitchell Krause.
"We ran a lot of traffic at Butcher to tire him out because he gives them plenty of go-forward in attack," Sattler said.
"We tried to keep the ball away from Krause at the back and we executed that well."
The Red Devils tactics worked a treat with Krause showing his frustration in the first half when he clashed with Byron Bay centre Duane Cahill.
"We didn't have a bad player on the field and we focussed on what we could control," Sattler said.
"Sometimes we play as individuals and then we usually defend poorly but that didn't happen."
Halfback Ryan O'Connell, centre Bill Lowrie and Kelly scored tries in the second half.