Redcliffe run riot over disappointing Capras
RUGBY LEAGUE: Two tries in the space of three minutes by winger Ken Tofilau looked set to spark a second-half comeback by the CQ Capras in their Round 2 Intrust Super Cup against the Redcliffe Dolphins on Saturday night.
The quick-fire double got the home side within eight points of the Redcliffe Dolphins and right back in the contest at 24-16 with 25 minutes to go.
But the Capras were unable to sustain the pressure and the quality Dolphins outfit, minus Benji Marshall, ran in three more tries to record a 41-20 victory at Rockhampton's Browne Park.
Errors proved costly for the Capras, with the Dolphins seemingly able to register points from every one that was made.
"Disappointing" was the word that echoed through the post-match press conference with coach Kim Williams.
"We worked really hard to get back into the game in that second half and completed our first nine sets and we're back in the game and then the one error and we let in a try and it snowballed from there," Williams said.
"That was our talking point in the shed, just being able to move on from errors and not snowball and make it worse.
"The last 20 minutes we were our own worst enemy again and disappointing to concede that many points, for sure."
"Forty points is bordering on embarrassing and the boys aren't happy about it."
The Dolphins capitalised on a slow start from the Capras to lead by eight after 11 minutes with tries to Jonus Pearson and Brandon Lee.
The Capras were on the scoreboard with 15 minutes left in the first stanza when an inside ball from Tofilau sent fullback Tony Tumusa over for his first try of the night.
The Dolphins hit back with four-pointers to Thompson Teteh and Troy Giess to take a 18-6 lead into the break.
The visitors were first to score in the second half when barnstorming forward Matt Lodge crashed over three minutes in to extend the lead to 24-6.
That stung the Capras into action and enterprising attack on the left edge led to Tofilau landing his double to take the score to 24-16.
The Dolphins were in again to lead 30-16 before some individual brilliance from Tumusa got it back to 30-20.
But the points dried up for the Capras and the Dolphins kicked a field goal and crossed twice in the last 10 minutes to wrap up the game.
The Capras will now prepare for a third consecutive home game in Round 3.
They'll face reigning champions Burleigh Bears at 5pm on Saturday.