“Norths out-enthused us in every aspect” - Capras coach
FURIOUS Capras coach Lionel Harbin labelled the Central Queensland capitulation to Norths Devils disgraceful and promised there would be repercussions.
Harbin pulled no punches in the aftermath after his side was trounced 38-6 at Browne Park yesterday afternoon.
"To be perfectly honest, it was very disappointing for the players and the supporters. They deserve better than that," Harbin said.
"The boys' attitude wasn't on, their effort wasn't there and it showed on the scoreboard.
"Norths out-enthused us in every aspect of the game."
The 32-point defeat had the Capras slumping to an 18th consecutive loss, firmly cementing their position at the bottom of the ladder.
"Norths were in a similar position to us, second from the bottom. But they came out and were the better team and deserved the win," Harbin said. "They had 20 points from halftime and we couldn't stem the flow."
Chasing their second win of the season, the Capras silenced the Devils' faithful when a Marco Delepena fend and off-load sent Jake Ainsworth over the paint to level the scores 6-6 in the opening half.
The Capras had the Brisbane unit on the ropes before the Devils' Rogan Dean and captain Brett Grienke helped the visitors storm back to an 18-6 lead.
Capras player Ian Webster was put on report for a dangerous tackle in the 37th minute, which handed Norths another two points and a 20-6 lead at the break.
Sloppy defence from the Capras' right-edge allowed Norths to steamroll into the second half with two quick tries.
Ill-discipline and missed opportunities haunted the Capras attack, with the home side struggling to convert.
The Devils had the final say in the 77th minute with a gutsy chase from Capras' Dan Randall and Tarrant Mariner not enough to stop the six points.
"I thought Reece Baker tried hard all day for us. For a guy that is only small in stature, he brings a lot of enthusiasm for this team. He didn't stop trying the whole game," Harbin said.
"He is one of the few guys who can hold his head up high."
Devils coach Mark Gliddon said a wealth of possession helped his side to the winning result.
"We knew if we held them out for long periods, they would get frustrated," Gliddon said. "We were pretty clinical. We completed at 94% in the first half ... and overall I think we were at 84%."
"We worked hard, built pressure and took our opportunities. When the Capras were given opportunities, they didn't take them as well as they should have."
It's back to the drawing board for the beaten Capras who prepare to take on the Falcons at Sunshine Coast Stadium on Sunday.