Capras players unlikely to figure in Ranger?s side
By CRAIG ROSScraigr@gladstoneobserver.com.au
CENTRAL Capras players are unlikely to figure strongly when the Queensland Rangers side to take on NSW Country is named today.
The Capras, after a promising performance against South West on Saturday night, were comprehensively outplayed 38-14 by Wide Bay at Marley Brown Oval yesterday.
The loss, coupled with their last place finish for the championships, would have severely dented the aspirations of several Central players who were chances at gaining a Rangers jumper after solid Saturday night performances.
After holding Wide Bay to 6-6 as the half hour mark approached, the Capras let in two tries in the six minutes leading up to halftime (35 minute halves) and four tries between the 43rd and 54th minutes yesterday.
The Capras paid the price for not respecting possession early in the match when constant turnovers forced them to defend for much of the opening 10 minutes, sapping valuable energy reserves.
It took a trademark James Radloff break on the right wing in the 12th minute to get the Capras out of their territory.
Radloff's run was bettered 10 minutes later when fullback Ron Craig's strength and pace enabled him to launch a raid from within his own 20 metres and lead a chase to the opposite tryline to score.
However, there was little else for the Capras to celebrate as Wide Bay cut loose before Central bagged two tries in the final 10 minutes interchange back Paul Albury and winger Bradley Cameron.
Wide Bay exploited Central's tired legs by gaining quick play-the-balls and darting out of dummy-half into gaps left by the retreating defensive line.
The Capras' Gladstone players all put in big efforts and, although not everything went their way, produced some good passages of play.
There is no doubt they will have benefitted from the experience and can hopefully share the knowledge gained in training camp and on the field with their Gladstone club-mates. Ultimately, it was left to the South West Mustangs, featuring players from Toowoomba, Pittsworth, Gatton, Killarney, Wallumbilla/Surat, St George and Roma, to claim their third successive divisional title.
South West were impressive in grinding out hard-fought victories over the Capras 18-8 and Southern 24-18. The Rangers take on NSW Country in Blackwater on June 25. Wallabys injury worries ? tomorrow's Observer