Rockhampton schoolboys’ representative players welcome the Capras on to the field for the Intrust Super Cup match with Ipswich.
Rockhampton schoolboys’ representative players welcome the Capras on to the field for the Intrust Super Cup match with Ipswich. Sharyn Oneill Rokscapra

Capras comeback fades against Jets

THERE are certain times in a game when spectators start to think their team has the match.

That happened twice to the CQ Capras yesterday as the local team went down 36-28 in a Browne Park thriller.

The game was barely three minutes old when the Capras received their first boost, as Jets lock Lorenzo Maafu had a brain storm that left Casey Bromilow flat out, clutching his head.

The touch judge alerted the referee to the incident and Maafu was sent from the pitch for a head butt on the Capras five-eighth.

For the large crowd, that should have been the start of the afternoon celebrations, with the big Ipswich team being asked to produce more work in the warm conditions.

However, for the first 40 minutes it would have been hard for spectators to guess the Jets were a man down as they took charge of the contest and always threatened with ball in hand.

Time after time the Jets burst through the ruck area to leave the Capras exposed and by halftime had a 22-4 lead, which could have been even greater.

This season the Jets have managed a solid first half in all three previous games, only to run out of steam in the second spell, and it looked as if the same was to happen again.

Midway through the second half, the Capras were back in the match with the score 28-20 and the momentum in their favour.

However, the inexperience of the team showed again as a succession of errors gifted Ipswich with a soft try and a penalty to make the task of fashioning a comeback nearly impossible.

To their credit, the Capras, backed by the large vocal Browne Park crowd, gave it their best shot but ran out of time.

It was a great effort by the local team in the second half but they will rue the lacklustre display of the first 40 minutes when they were destroyed by a Jets team that was well led by captain Ian Lacey, who scored the first try of the afternoon.

The Jets were also well served in the halves by Todd Riggs and five-eighth Brendon Lindsay, who both caused problems for the Capras, especially with their kicking games.

Brent Williams scored the Capras' only try of the first half, after Mitch Zornig set up winger Sailosi Vatubua on the halfway line and he nearly scored, only for Williams to get the reward when he barged through.

In the second half, the Capras had five try-scorers, including a beauty from Vatubua with a well judged kick and chase.

For the Capras, Alan Rothery gave a whole-hearted display that earned him the players' player award while Cheyenne Motu also had a great match.

The Capras meet Northern Pride on Thursday at Browne Park.



Round 4 March 31: Tweed Heads Seagulls 36 def Mackay Cutters 24

Souths Logan Magpies 32 def Northern Pride 22

Wynnum Manly Seagulls 24 def Norths Devils 6

April 1: Ipswich Jets 36 (Javarn White, Ramon Filipine, Donald Malone, Todd Riggs, Nathaniel Neale, Ian Lacey tries; Brendon Lindsay 6 goals) def Central Capras 28

(Reece Baker, Tyron Cranston, Russell Webber, Sailosi Vatubua, Brent Williams, John Clayton tries; Tyron Cranston 2 goals) at Browne Park.

Easts Tigers 24 def Burleigh Bears 12

Sunshine Coast Sea Eagles 36 def Redcliffe Dolphins 20

Points:- 8 Wynnum Manly, Easts, 6 Redcliffe, 5 Tweed Heads, 4 Souths Logan, Sunshine Coast, Northern Pride, 2 Ipswich Jets, Mackay Cutters, Burleigh Bears, CQ Capras, 1 Norths

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