Barba bound for Capras if errors continue

Bulldogs fullback Ben Barba kicks ahead for teammate Josh Morris to score the sensational last try against Melbourne Storm in Virgin Australia Stadium’s first NRL match in front of a sellout crowd yesterday.
Bulldogs fullback Ben Barba kicks ahead for teammate Josh Morris to score the sensational last try against Melbourne Storm in Virgin Australia Stadium’s first NRL match in front of a sellout crowd yesterday. Lee Constable

IN A timely boost to the Rockhampton Leagues Club Capras' fortunes, Brisbane Broncos fullback Ben Barba says he could be suiting up in the Intrust Super Cup club's colours in the near future.

The Capras lost 38-8 to ISC leaders Norths Devils at Browne Park on Saturday night and are yet to register a win from their first six matches of the season.

A mixed bag for the Broncos in Friday night's 12-8 loss to the Gold Coast saw Barba produce two polar opposite plays within 10 minutes.

Barba produced a stunning try-saving tackle on Titans forward Mark Minichiello midway through the second half.

Nine minutes after, the former Dally M Player of the Year allowed a high kick to bounce before leaping in his own in-goal to defuse it, only to have Titans five-eighth Aidan Sezer strip the ball and score the match-winner.

If he can't become more consistent, Barba says he may end up with his feeder club the Capras.

"It was terrible," Barba told The Sunday Mail.

"I was happy with that (Minichiello tackle) but in saying that, I have one job in particular ... and that's to be safe under the high ball.

"I have to find something soon or I could find myself playing Queensland Cup in the next few weeks."

Fellow Bronco Corey Oates is a slim chance of playing for the Capras in Thursday's round eight clash with Wynnum Manly Seagulls at Gladstone's Marley Brown after leaving the field midway through the second half.

Oates suffered what's thought to be a high hamstring strain and with just three days until the Capras play again, it's unlikely he'll be fit.

The Devils opened their account on Saturday night just four minutes into the match when lock Dean Sheppard crossed to give the competition leaders a 6-0 lead.

Mark Johnstone. Capras vs Norths Devils. Intrust Super Cup at Browne Park. Photo Sharyn O'Neill / The Morning Bulletin
Mark Johnstone. Capras vs Norths Devils. Intrust Super Cup at Browne Park. Photo Sharyn O'Neill / The Morning Bulletin Sharyn O'Neill ROK120414scapra1

The Capras hit back shortly after through Oates after consecutive sets on the Devils' tryline.

The rangy backrower dived under a couple of defenders on the 15th minute mark to score his second try of the season in Capras' colours and close the gap to two points.

Both sides traded sets for the next 10 minutes but a string of penalties to the Devils saw them perched down on the Capras' tryline.

Devils five-eighth Todd Murphy made the most of his opportunities to score the first of his two tries on the night.

Ever-consistent centre Smith Samau helped the Capras back into the game with a short-side play two minutes before half-time to have the home side trailing 12-8.

Devils' second rower Chris Faust scored five minutes into the second half to extend their lead to 12 points before the home side was denied an opportunity to close the gap when a short pass from half Duncan Paia'aua to Oates was called forward.

Oates left the field shortly after and it wasn't long before centre Dylan Galloway took the Devils' lead to 26-8 midway through the second half.


RD 7

NORTHS DEVILS 38 (Todd Murphy 2, Dylan Galloway, Chris Faust, Lachlan Maranta, Dean Sheppard tries; Todd Murphy 7 goals) def CQ CAPRAS 8 (Smith Samau, Corey Oates tries) at Browne Park.

RESULTS: PNG Hunters 36 def Tweed Heads Seagulls 26, Wynnum Manly Seagulls 36 def Sunshine Coast Falcons 0, Redcliffe Dolphins 34 def Souths Logan 6, Burleigh Bears 22 def Mackay Cutters 14. Northern Pride v Easts Tigers match postponed to July 6 due to weather.

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