Capras turn to Walters
CQ Capras roller-coaster Intrust Super Cup season continued after a Billy Walters-inspired Easts Tigers inflicted a 30-10 win over the hosts at a packed Marley Brown Oval on Saturday night.
Walters ignited the Tigers with five conversions to go with a try on way to a 30-10 win.
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Gladstone's Peter Gallen said the whole side was down after defeating last year's premiers Ipswich just two weeks ago.
"It was very disappointing and I was disappointed in my own game," Gallen said.
"In the second half we tried to play with more flair and run harder."
He added he could not pinpoint as to why the Capras are inconsistent.
"In the third game against Ipswich, we defended really well and in the first game against Mackay Cutters we were fast and good," Gallen said.
Easts Tigers' Jeremy Hawkins found space to glide through a try and get the first score on the board before Capras' five eighth Maipele Morceau placed a wonderful kick to Kirisome Kirisome for a try to have the crowd on its feet.
Walters then silenced the pro-Capras crowd to make it a six-point play when he pounced on a kick to extend the Tigers lead to eight points.
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Despite the massive crowd which kept building throughout the afternoon, the Melbourne Storm feeder club made all the running.
When Brent Warr found space - and almost ended up in the Harvey Road Tavern beer garden - to be the last player to touch the ball - the alarm bells rung for the home team.
Walters duly slotted his second conversion to extend the lead to 14 points.
Dropped balls plagued the Capras and there was despair when Kirosome fumbled a pass that otherwise was to have presented him an opportunity to perhaps send the ball deep into the forward half.
Walters rammed home his fourth conversion and it was all uphill for the home side.
Capras coach Kim Williams said the team lacked urgency and played catch up football in the second half.
"We started really well in the second half, then after that we lost our way and composure," Williams said.
"Our leaders were down as well.
"We dropped far too much ball, but also didn't run hard as well."
Tigers coach Scott Sipple said his team executed well in the first half and expected a baptism of fire from the Capras.
"Capras came out really strong and physical but our combinations were good," Sipple said.
Easts Tigers (Tries: B Walters; J Hawkins; B Warr; G Hamilton; M Kai. Conversions: B Walters 5) d CQ Capras 10 (Tries: K Kirisome; B Manese. Conversions: I Webster).