TALENTED: Capras player Sam Smith in the trial game against the Yeppoon Seagulls at Browne Park.
TALENTED: Capras player Sam Smith in the trial game against the Yeppoon Seagulls at Browne Park. Chris Ison ROK120217ccapras4

Smith is ready for Benji Marshall's best

RUGBY LEAGUE: Former Gladstone junior and CQ Capras centre Sam Smith wants to test himself against the best the Intrust Super Cup has to offer and that continues later today against a star-studded Redcliffe Dolphins line-up.

Rumours circled that current Brisbane Broncos utility and former New Zealand international Benji Marshall would play for the Dolphins.

However, Redcliffe chief executive officer Grant Cleal confirmed Marshall would not make the trip to Browne Park for the 5pm game.

Whether Cleal is pulling the wool over the Capras' eyes remains to be seen, with Broncos coach Wayne Bennett telling the media on Thursday that "he (Marshall) will play this weekend, but he won't play NRL".

Marshall did not play in Brisbane's heartbreaking 21-20 golden-point loss against the North Queensland Cowboys at Suncorp Stadium on Friday night.

Benji Marshall of the Broncos runs the ball during the 2017 Auckland Nines match between the Broncos and the Storm at Eden Park on February 4, 2017 in Auckland, New Zealand.
Benji Marshall of the Broncos runs the ball during the 2017 Auckland Nines match between the Broncos and the Storm at Eden Park on February 4, 2017 in Auckland, New Zealand. Anthony Au-Yeung

Smith isn't phased if Marshall plays in Rockhampton or not, but said it would be a thrill if he did.

"I wasn't thinking about it too much but it would've been pretty exciting to play against him - I use to watch him while I was growing up," Smith said.

The Capras suffered a 22-16 loss against the PNG Hunters in Round 1, but Smith says only minor improvements are needed against the 2016 runners-up, who exacted some revenge for last season's grand final loss against Burleigh with a 26-8 win over the Bears last weekend.

"If we do exactly what we did last week but cut out penalties and ball-handling errors we can definitely win," he said.

"We should have won against PNG - we would've beaten them 24-22 if we got our conversions but we missed them all."

The 198cm, 104kg giant, who only turned 21 yesterday, will mark former PNG Hunters' centre Thompson Teteh. Although Redcliffe coach Adam Mogg may need to rethink his tactics, as Teteh gives away 20cm in height and almost 10kg in weight against Smith.

The Gladstone Valleys junior has set himself some lofty goals, with breaking back into an NRL system top priority after prior stints with the Broncos and Cowboys.

Smith moved to Rockhampton at the start of the year, but wouldn't hesitate on moving to any NRL club.

"I want to work my way back into an NRL system - that's the main goal," he said.

"That's also why I'm really excited to verse NRL players that get dropped back to Redcliffe. "If you can put it on (against) them it makes you look a lot better."



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