BIG TEST: Capras halfback Theeran Pearson fires off a pass as a PNG Hunters player attempts to bring him down. The Capras face the Hunters at 7pm on this Saturday at Marley Brown Oval.
BIG TEST: Capras halfback Theeran Pearson fires off a pass as a PNG Hunters player attempts to bring him down. The Capras face the Hunters at 7pm on this Saturday at Marley Brown Oval. Allan Reinikka Rokacapras

Capras ready to put a stop to the Hunters on home turf

MARLEY Brown Oval has proven a happy hunting ground for the Central Queensland Capras, but now it is the home team who is going to be hunted.

Clashing with the PNG Hunters, who were introduced into the Intrust Super Cup this season, the Capras are wary of the newcomers and know they will have to be very alert for 80 minutes to secure a win.

The Hunters have shown talent playing a flashy style of rugby league all season, and the Capras are ready to put a stop to the visitors.

Capras Operations Manager Walson Carlos said the Gladstone crowd will no doubt be entertained by the Hunters.

"It is a great opportunity, they have set the competition alight and the crowds around have been huge," he said.

"We had a really big trial crowd and we would expect a big crowd in Gladstone."

Not expected to be competing quite so well in the early stages of this season, the Hunters currently sit fifth on the ladder in the Super Cup, while the Capras linger in 12th position.

The current state of proceedings does not worry the Capras though, who were able to outplay Wynnum Manly Seagulls (third on the ladder) earlier this season in impressive style at the Marley Brown venue.

"We have been playing pretty well in Gladstone," Carlos said.

"I think that was a really impressive win."

The crowd was extremely vocal in support of the Capras in the opening match this season, and Carlos has called on Gladstone to again produce the same.

The match is set to be broadcast in Papua New Guinea, giving the Hunters fans a chance to see the match, which the Capras think can be heavily impacted by Gladstone talent.

"I think we can look forward to a great game," Carlos said.

"Brent Crisp is coming back into his self again and if we can get Smith Samau back it will be good for us."

Matthew Mizzi and Peter Gallen are two other Gladstone players expected to take the park on Saturday when the match kicks off at 7pm.



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