Rockhampton dominates Capra selections
ROCKHAMPTON players dominated Central Queensland under17 and under-19 Capras representative selections at the Queensland Rugby League divisional trials at Marley Brown Oval on Saturday.
Rockhampton players secured 26 of the 38 spots available after easily outclassing their opposition in both age divisions.
Gladstone fared best in the under-17 division with five Raiders players getting the nod while four earned under-19 spots.
Gladstone's Peter Rogers, Damon Harth, Stuart Pengelly, Noah Marsh and Shaun Casey will line up for the Capras under-17s at the QRL Northern Conference trials in Rockhampton from April 23-25.
Also in action in Rockhampton that weekend will be under-19 Raiders Mitch Graving, Kelly Christensen, Callum Wilson and Luke Murphy.
The gulf between the Gladstone and Rockhampton sides was evidenced by the 50-point margin victories Rockhampton scored in both matches. Rockhampton won the under-17 clash 54-4 and kept the Raiders scoreless in the under-19 encounter, winning 50-0. It wasn't all doom and gloom for Gladstone, with both Raiders outfits proving too strong for Central Highlands, winning 32-4 in the under-17s and 54-6 in the under-19s. In the under-19 encounter, Rockhampton ran in six tries in the first half to lead 30-0 at the break.
Although Gladstone looked sharper in the second period, they never threatened in the 50-0 loss.
Rockhampton halfback Spencer Parsons, lock Tyrone Haynes and winger Alex Tabua thrived behind a dominant forward pack which out-muscled their Gladstone opposites.
However, Gladstone forwards Callum Wilson, Luke Murphy and Clayton Goldsworthy tried hard to stem the flow, Mitch Graving was dangerous on the wing and five eighth Reede McHugh provided attacking flair.