VIDEO ANALYSIS: Why Burleigh are still real deal ahead of Capras clash
RUGBY LEAGUE: Staring down the barrel at three opening losses at home is a waking nightmare for Kim Williams.
The Rockhampton Leagues Club CQ Capras have been right in the mix in both contests this year but come away empty handed. Saturday's opponents the Burleigh Bears have done it equally tough.
Like all teams who take out the comp, Burleigh's most prized assets have been stripped. Their best players picked up by NRL clubs or rival sides. Jamal Fogarty and Cam Cullen headline the departures.
Williams is a coach who knows all too well of the struggles that face a club after a premiership year.
"I know that year at Mackay we lost six or seven players straight from our grand final team, they were our main players too," he said.
"Burleigh have basically lost their entire spine.
"You certainly do face some challenges and it can be hard to keep them constantly motivated.
"They are desperate for a win and their pride will be hurting.
"Every team is out to get you and this week is no different. It is a crucial game for both teams."
Burleigh rely heavily on their power pack of muscle. Led by Luke Page and flexed by Pat Vaivai, Jamie Dowling and Matt White, Capras will have their work cut out.
"Their big forwards go very well and have some offloads and second phase in them. Page runs as hard as anyone in the comp. Containing them is our main priority," he said.
"They will challenge us strongly through the middle, it really is shaping up as a huge game.
"Fullback Kurtis Rowe was one of their best players last year, very dangerous and adds a lot."
- Tony Tumusa
- Ken Tofilau
- Justin Tavae
- Junior Kirisome
- Chanel Seigafo
- Reece Baker
- Jack Madden
- Matt Groat
- Krys Freeman
- Oliver Percy
- Guy Williams
- Ayden Cooper
- Gavin Hiscox
- Maipele Morseu
- Phil Nati
- Jack Kavanagh
- Bill Cullen
- Vic Halfpenny
- Aleki Falepaini
- Sam Smith
Burleigh have no shortage of NRL experience, with 201 games between their 17.
Not that Williams is too worried. He knows a mistake free outing from the home side will considerably enhance their chances.
"I hope the mistakes are gone," he said,
"If we eliminated them last week we are right in the contest both rounds but we let the opposition off the hook with our mistakes.
"We have shown we can put points on when we have the ball but our errors are our number one priority."
As he threatened to do, Williams had no choice to tinker with his line-up.
Reece Baker, while still subject to a fitness test, returns to the side. Sam Smith has been dropped for Rocky Brothers winger Chanel Seigafo. Aleki Falepaini and Vic Halfpenny make up the extended bench.
"We needed to re-shuffle the backline with Reece returning. Sam has played quite strongly and didn't really do anything wrong.
"Bit it is a big game for us and I had to make changes, so Sam is more of a victim of circumstance.
"Junior Kirisome is experienced and Chanel was fantastic in pre-season. That new combination deserves a chance so ideally it clicks straight away."
Capras and Burleigh kick off at Browne Park at 5pm.