JACK'S BACK: CQ Capras halfback and captain Jack Madden has been named to return from injury against the Burleigh Bears.
JACK'S BACK: CQ Capras halfback and captain Jack Madden has been named to return from injury against the Burleigh Bears. Chris Ison ROK250218ccapras1

Captain Jack back at the helm for Capras

RUGBY LEAGUE: CQ Capras face its toughest test of the Intrust Super Cup season when they take on the undefeated Burleigh Bears at Marley Brown Oval on Sunday.

The top-of-the-table Bears, one of two feeder teams to the Gold Coast Titans, are the only ISC side with a clean record in 2018, with four wins from as many games.

Burleigh will face a Capras side fresh from a nine-day break after an impressive 28-18 win against Ipswich at Browne Park last Thursday night.

In a further boost for the CQ side, captain and halfback Jack Madden has been named to return from a leg injury for his first match since Round 1.

Oliver Percy has been named on the bench and will play his first match of the season, which kicks off at 11.45am.

Capras coach Kim Williams said both he's hopeful both players will be right to take on the Bears.

"Oli has been out since the pre-season so he's very likely to play and Jack's probably 70/30 at this stage of the week, but with three days to go we're pretty confident he'll get over the line," Williams said.

"They've both got to pass fitness tests and we'll wait until Saturday to do that."

Williams said the team was looking forward to challenging themselves against the competition leaders.

"(Burleigh) are the benchmark of the competition early on and we're looking forward to it for that very reason," he said.

"We're pretty keen to see where we're at - we've taken a couple of big scalps but we've lost a game or two that we though we could've won as well."

Meanwhile, former Test forwards Dave Taylor and Ben Hannant could give fans another reason to arrive early for Sunday's NRL clash.

 

Ben Hannant could play for Burleigh Bears this weekend.
Ben Hannant could play for Burleigh Bears this weekend. contributed

Previous teammates at club, state and national level, the two big boppers are a potential match-up in Gladstone.

Taylor has been named for the Capras, while Hannant has not been officially listed by Burleigh, despite speculation he is ready to return from hamstring injury.

Interestingly, Hannant was in the same team as Taylor when he made his debut for the Broncos, Queensland and Australia.

The last time they played on opposite sides at NRL level was September 5, 2015 when Hannant's North Queensland Cowboys defeated Taylor's Titans 42-12.

- with QRL Media

CQ Capras v Burleigh Bears at Marley Brown Oval, Gladstone on Sunday, April 8 - 11.45am

1. Zeik Foster 2. Junior Kirisome 3. Connor Broadhurst 4. Nathan Bassani 5. Chanel Seigafo 6. Blake Goodman 7. Jack Madden (c) 8. Bill Cullen 9. Billy Gilbert 10. Jerry Key 11. Dave Cowhan 12. Dave Taylor 13. Jamie Hill 14. Aaron Teroi 15. Brad Lupi 16. Oliver Percy 17. Luke George 18. Tyson White 19. Peter Rogers 20. Aaron Flanagan.



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