Posted on March 27th, 2017
Coach Kim Williams said a powerhouse performance from the forwards laid the foundation for the Rockhampton Leagues Club Capras’ 14-point win on Saturday night.
The Capras made it back-to-back wins, running in five tries against the Tweed Heads Seagulls in the contest at Cbus Stadium in the curtain-raiser to the Titans-Cowboys NRL clash.
The 30-16 result, which puts the Capras ninth on the competition ladder, also delivered Williams a victory in his 100th game as coach in the Intrust Super Cup.
The Capras were dominant for the best part of the contest and led 30-6 before conceding two late tries in the closing stages.
“It was a good win and we can take a lot of positives from that game,” Williams said yesterday.
“Our forwards were the stand-outs. I said on Friday it was important that the forwards got on top in that battle and they did that. That was probably the major factor in us winning the game.”
Williams praised the Capras’ work in defence, which restricted Tweed to just the one try until the 70-minute mark.
“We conceded two pretty soft late tries. We really needed to close out those last 10 minutes but that was probably the only negative of the whole game.
“Our completion rate was good again. That’s two weeks in a row we’ve met our benchmarks and it’s probably no coincidence that we’ve won those two games. We’re learning that that’s a major factor in our performance from week to week getting those completion rates.”
Williams said forward Matt Groat was among the Capras’ best, ably supported by Jack Kavanagh and Oliver Percy, while co-captain Gavin Hiscox produced his best performance of the year so far.
Reece Baker, who was set to return after two weeks out with a rib injury, was a late withdrawal, meaning Maipele Morseu started at five-eighth and Vic Halfpenny came onto the bench for his first game of the season.
The Capras signalled their intention early with fullback Tony Tumusa running in a four-pointer just four minutes in and they were never headed.
Co-captain Gavin Hiscox extended the lead with the team’s second try four minutes later to put the Capras out by 12.
Tweed posted their first points with a converted try in the 29th minute to make it 12-6 at half-time.
Coming out of the sheds, the Capras were confident that if they completed their sets they could put some points on their opposition.
Kavanagh went over just one minute into the second half, and Morseu and Ayden Cooper also added their names to the score sheet.
Williams said it was good to see the try-scoring shared around, with the forwards getting amongst it as well.
“Last week and this week have been our two best performances,” he said.
”It was just pleasing to string two wins in a row together and get some consistency. The main thing is we’ve improved a little bit again and we’ve got to continue down that road.”
The Capras are on the road for their Round 5 clash against the second-placed Norths Devils this Saturday.
ROUND 4 RESULT
CQ CAPRAS 30 (Tony Tumusa, Gavin Hiscox, Jack Kavanagh, Maipele Morseu, Ayden Cooper tries; Tony Tumusa 5 goals) def TWEED HEADS SEAGULLS 16 (Brayden McGrady 2, Samuel Meskell tries; Michael Burgess 2 goals) at Cbus Stadium