CQ Capras Vs Northern Pride in Cairns
ALAN Rothery and Brent Williams will return to the CQ Capras starting side tonight as the team clashes with Queensland Intrust Super Cup powerhouse outfit Northern Pride in Cairns.
The Central Queensland Capras forward line would be boosted this week as "big men" Rothery and Williams return from suspension and injury respectively for round 16 of the ISC competition.
Capras five-eighth Brent Crisp had displayed some impressive form over the past few weeks and was in high spirits heading into CQ's showdown with Northern Pride.
"We're looking all right," Crisp said.
"We took a bit of a confidence blow last week but everyone is still really positive in regards to the rest of the season and the finals."
CQ suffered a 46-6 thrashing by Wynnum Manly Seagulls on home soil last week. Crisp said the side was looking forward to redeeming itself against the Pride tonight and with the return of Rothery and Williams in the forward pack, and coach Jason Hetherington who was absent last weekend due to State of Origin commitments, was confident of a strong performance.
"It's good to have Butch (Hetherington) back. Damien Seibold did a great job last week with us but we were just outplayed by a stronger side," Crisp said.
"Having Alan back really helps and Brent on the sides. We were really lacking on the sides last week."
The only blow the Capras faced this round was the loss of star centre Russell Webber who withdrew from the side late yesterday due to a knee injury he has carried for most of the season.
Crisp acknowledged Webber's position would be a hard one to fill and said the centre's sheer speed and footwork in the middle would be missed.
The Pride were riding a wave of success and on a winning streak heading into the clash with CQ, with their last loss ironically handed to them by the Capras in round eight.
Crisp said the key to the Capras' success this round would be to focus on their own performance and not read too much into the game.
"We need to worry about our own backyard and getting the little things right," the five-eighth said.
(After round 15)
|Wynnum Manly Seagulls||13||8||5||0||20|
|Souths Logan Magpies||13||7||6||0||18|
|Tweed Head Seagulls||13||6||6||1||17|
|Sunshine Coast Sea Eagles||13||2||11||0||8|
1 Cameron Munster, 2 Anthony Flores, 12 Brent Williams, 4 Josh Benjamin, 5 Marco Delapena, 6 Brent Crisp, 7 Dean Blackman, 8 John Clayton, 9 Ian Webster, 10 Alan Rothery, 11 Simon Gregory, 17 Guy Williams, 13 Gavin Hiscox. Interchange: 14 Darcy Etrich, 15 Sam Pierce, 16 Mick Esdale, 18 Mitch Ireland, 19 Liam Pickersgill.