Who impressed in Capras tough loss in Emerald
Local product Caleb Tull shone in his Intrust Super Cup debut with the CQ Capras, who were beaten in an epic encounter in Emerald on Saturday night.
For the sixth time this year, the Capras led at half-time only to be run down by their opposition.
This time it was the Norths Devils who came back from an eight-point half-time deficit to register a 24-16 win.
They scored three tries in 10 minutes in the second half to secure their sixth win of the season while the Capras are still chasing their first.
It was a similar scenario in the Hastings Deering Colts game.
The Capras led Norths in the second half before a three-try flurry saw them beaten 30-20.
There was no joy for the Capras women either, who lost 20-14 to the Tweed Heads Seagulls.
Capras ISC coach Guy Williams said it was another spirited showing from his troops.
“We started the game really well and we brought lots of energy,” he said.
“We had some opportunities at the end of the game but we couldn’t make the most of them.
“We’ve led at half-time in all our games, bar last week against Wynnum, and that’s pleasing - the fact that we’re right in games.
“We just need to find a way to finish them off.”
Williams was forced to make some changes to his line-up after several players were injured in the loss to Wynnum.
He said the players who came into the side “really stood up and had a good crack at it”.
They were centre Tull, front rower Sione Veukiso and hooker Caleb Daunt who was playing his first game with the Capras after making the move from the Easts Tigers.
The Capras next opponents are the eighth-placed Souths Logan Magpies.
They will play at 2.10pm on Sunday at Browne Park, with the game streaming for free on Kayo Freebies.
Williams expects another tough contest.
“It’s a really close competition in terms of the teams. If you turn up and play really well then you’ll win games, if you’re a bit off you’re not going to win,” he said.
“Souths are a good, solid team who have been playing well.
“They’re typically a big, powerful team so it will be about handling their strength and power game and making their big guys work hard.
“For us, it’s about playing for longer periods of time.
“It’s about delivering good performances and being a bit more consistent in our game and we’ll get that win soon enough.”