Back to back wins for the Capras
GRIT and character were ever present for the CQ Capras to grind out the Souths Logan Magpies in Yeppoon, 28-16.
It was an eight point ball game late into the half before a late Capras try on the back of stoic defence handed Kim Williams and his chargers back to back wins for the first time in 2016.
For a side who managed one win last year, it caps off a remarkable turnaround.
The Capras ascended onto the home of the mighty Yeppoon Seagulls, Webb Park for the first time since 2010. While light drama delayed kick-off, the club had never seen a bigger crowd.
All season the Capras had been mounting a strong case as the most improved team in the Intrust Super Cup and this battle was a prime example.
Both teams and littlies linked as one pre-game as the chilling last post was played to Webb Park's biggest ever crowd.
Like their hosts Yeppoon were in the pre-game, the Capras were just too strong in every department with Matt Minto guiding his side to an important win.
Capras big men set it up on a plate for the slick outside backs to produce the goods, with Junior Kirisome in particular bagging a double.
After leading at the break, just one minute into the second stanza, the Capras put on one of the tries of the year ending with a Minto grubber swooped on by Junior Kirisome. The razzle dazzle attacking Capras had shifted the ball through a dozen sets of hands to find the chalk for a fourth time.
A Brandon Manase break, compounded by a spear tackle gave the Capras ideal field position from which Peter Gallen forced his way over. Gallen was a man on a mission, beating three defenders to crash over under the posts.
Souths Logan hit back at a crucial time for the trailing side with a smart play down the short side to make the scores 24-10 with a quarter to go.
Mistakes had crept in to the Capras game giving Souths Logan another try. With only 15 to go, the Webb Park faithful had a real arm wrestle on their hands.
The teams exchanged sets at will with either side able to inflict further pain, though the Capras had the upper hand. A penalty brought it undone to allow the Magpes an opportunity in attack, however their spread sailed over the touchline to end the raid.
With five minutes to go an offside penalty gifted the Magpies in an outside chance to score, as they had done all game, the Capras brute defence shone, this occasion by captain Gavin Hiscox.
Another penalty, this time to the home side helped the Capras soak up time and gain good ground. Two minutes left and the game was sealed with a fine try to Brandon Manase down the short side.
Earlier, it took the Capras only one set to post points on with a polished set-play ending in Justin Tavae crossing in the corner. Minto unfortunately watched his kick waved away.
Errors came to the fore in the tail end of attacking sets and 18 minutes later the scores were unchanged.
Capras coughed up plenty of ball but backed their in half defence to grind out the Magpies for most of the half.
That goal line defense paid dividends for the home side as they raced up field, clearly riding on the crowd support the Capras crossed under the posts by a tough run from Maipele Morseu.
Just five minutes left in the half, Capras really switched off to allow the Magpies a chance late in the half. The visiting side annoyingly crossing through the rampaging bench prop George Fai.
Not to be outdone, with seconds left on the clock, Capras put the icing on a solid first half cake with a try to Kirisome.
Capras went into the break the dominant side with a deserved 10 point lead.
Capras 28 (J Kirisome 2, Brandon Manase, J Tavae, M Morseu, P Gallen tries; M Minto 2 conversions)