Capras best yet to come: Coach Williams' promise
ONE thousand and seven days. Not since round 18, 2013 had the CQ Capras won back to back wins. That all changed in their 28-16 knockout of the Souths Logan Magpies in Yeppoon.
It is the Capras fourth win in seven games for 2016, making the CQ side the most improved team in the competition.
Buoyed on by a 1000-plus vocal crowd at Webb Park, who hadn't seen Intrust Super Cup footy in years, the Capras ground out the win over their Brisbane based opponents.
The Capras were slick with the ball in hand posting six tries to three, with a brace to Junior Kirisome one minute either side of the break.
Capras were solid, without being spectacular and though the win pleased coach Kim Williams he said the best was still yet to come.
"Pretty happy with the win, probably not our best performance but it's the first time we have got two wins in a row in years," Williams said post-match.
"So it was important to keep us on track.
"We let a couple of soft tries which has been the thing we are focusing on, not conceding those, so I was upset with one in particular, but in the second half we were better at defending repeat sets.
"I think they had four sets in a row where we held them out, so if we can toughen up that defence then we will be pretty hard to beat."
Captain's run injuries to forwards Bill Cullen and Michael Ki put a dampener on the win, with the former expected to be out for at least four weeks with a knee problem.
"Lost two guys at training last night, two debutants in Aidan Cooper and Liam Pickersgill… that can be a blow in confidence on the rest of the team but we reacted pretty well to that," Williams said.
"And they were very good when they came on, we overcame difficulties well.
"It's good to see (the tries shared on both sides), we are growing in confidence there.
"We have opened up our style over the last few weeks and got two good results, it was just about growing that confidence early on and we are doing that, it's good to watch," Williams said of one of the tries of the season.
Junior Kirisome, who bagged a double, finished off a brilliant ab-lib move, where the ball changed hands a dozen times before Matt Minto grubbered in behind for the flyer to swoop on.
Just like Gladstone in round 5, Williams was thrilled with the Central Queensland crowd support calling it a tough away trip for any team.
"I loved it, close to the ground which builds a good atmosphere, Seagulls did a good job overall, so happy to get the win for them," he said.
"Would have had to be over 1000 here and very vocal, and appreciative of good footy.
"Magpies looked a little flat, its a tough road trip when you play on the Sunday and then another 40 minute trip over from Rockhampton, but we want it to be a tough road trip whenever a team comes to Browne Park or here, happy to make it as tough as possible for them."