Hetherington praised PNG Hunters and was critical of his team’s ability to retain the football.
Hetherington praised PNG Hunters and was critical of his team’s ability to retain the football. Sharyn O'Neill

It is back to the drawing board for a badly beaten Capras

IT'S back to the drawing board for Rockhampton Leagues Club Capras coach Jason Hetherington.

Hetherington and his playing group have two weeks to regroup after their 46-14 loss to Papua New Guinea Hunters at Kalabond Oval, Kokopo, PNG on Saturday afternoon.

Hetherington said the Capras were in for a much needed shake-up before they hosted Souths Logan Magpies at Browne Park in round five of the Queensland Intrust Super Cup on March 29.

"There will be changes," Hetherington said.

"We have the bye next week, but the week after there will most certainly be some changes. The Q-Cup is a very high standard of football and each week preparation has to be treated that way; the individual preparation and the team preparation.

"We're not playing club football here; this is one of the strongest competitions in the world, apart from the Super League in England and the NRL."

Hetherington praised PNG Hunters and was critical of his team's ability to retain the football.

"It was good for the Hunters but it wasn't real good for us," he said.

"Full credit to the Hunters, they kept coming and their commitment in the last 10 minutes was outstanding. (They had) numbers in tackles, they were driving us back. It was a good performance on their behalf.

"We were at about 50% completion and at this level you just can't compete at that, so we paid the price.

"I don't mind if execution is down a bit, but I just thought there was a lot of attitude problems out there, (and no) commitment.

"We couldn't control the ball and one thing led to another and it just compounded; it wasn't a good day for us."

Down 22-10 at half-time, Hetherington said he was hopeful his side could turn it around in the second half.

"We had the ball six times (in attack), we completed six sets in the first half and scored three tries, so I just thought if we completed and kept the pressure on, we might have been able to turn it around," he said.

"It was only 22-10 at half time and I thought we were still in the game, well and truly, but the second half was probably just as bad as the first for us. We gave PNG too many opportunities and they took advantage of them."

Hetherington said Gladstone-based pair Smith Samau and Aaron Hall were his team's best.

Intrust Super Cup

RD 3: PNG Hunters 46 (G Benson 2, N Zemming 2, A Wera, T Teteh, R Laka, W Minoga tries; N Zemming 6, R Laka goals) def CQ Capras 14 (R Williams 2, G Rogers tries; T Pearson goal) at Kalabond Oval, Kokopo on Saturday.

Cyril Connell Cup: Central Crows 26 def CQ Capras 24.

Mal Meninga Cup: Central Crows 56 def CQ Capras 36.

RD 3 ISC results: Ipswich Jets 32 def Wynnum Manly Seagulls 22, Northern Pride 20 def Redcliffe Dolphins 12, Norths Devils 24 def Tweed Heads 12, Easts Tigers 50 def Sunshine Coast Falcons 6, Souths Logan Magpies 28 def Burleigh Bears 26.

"Aaron Hall on his debut; I thought he tried really hard in a side that really struggled," the coach said.

"I thought Smith Samau tried hard too. I can't question their commitment and their efforts, but there are a few guys that we'll need to have a look at."



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