Yeppoon Seagulls lock Gavin Hiscox will take every opportunity in his first trial match with the Capras.
Yeppoon Seagulls lock Gavin Hiscox will take every opportunity in his first trial match with the Capras.

Capras are on trial

CQ Capras coach John Harbin has named another experimental squad for Saturday's trial match at Browne Park against a Central Queensland Invitation team.

However, he is adamant it is up to the players to decide if they are in the 18 to be named for the season opener.

"What we are looking for is the players to help me pick the 18 for the Sunshine Coast game," he said.

"They have to have trained hard, have the right attitude and are prepared to put their hands up."

The coach said despite the one-sided scoreline in last weekend's trial against Mackay he took more positives than negatives from the game which the Cutters won 30-0.

"We made massive improvements and we want to keep that going," he said.

Once again players carrying injuries will not be considered and that means Hayden Davis and Mal Darkin have a very slim chance of playing after collecting knee injuries.

With Gavin Duffy still a few weeks away from returning, Harbin is searching for the right combination amongst the playmakers. Casey Bromilow is likely to start, but this week will be partnered by Kane Davis.

"People say he (Davis) is too small to play Queensland Cup, but they said the same thing about Alfie Langer when he was at Ipswich," Harbin said.

Davis last played for Port Macquarie, but prior to that was in Rockhampton at Brothers.

"He trained really well this week, I think he can sniff there's a place for him," Harbin said.

Sam Pierce comes back into consideration after a shoulder dislocation while Gavin Hiscox has been named at lock after missing the opening trial matches.

New to the Capras squad is big front-rower James Livlock who Harbin approached at the Indigenous Reconciliation Carnival after he made a big impact with the winning Munns Memorial team.

Another new face is Josh Tanner who has been playing his football at Bundaberg.

"He is a Wide Bay representative player and recently got a job at Gladstone," Harbin said.

Tanner is from a well-known rugby league family in Bundaberg and plays halfback or hooker.

Dave McLellan followed up from his good performance against Gladstone with another exceptional display at Mackay and is now very much in the picture for the Capras this season.

Justin Loomans is not only putting the CQ Invitation team together, he is also the coach.

"This time I am the man," he joked.

Loomans said the Invitation team would contain players on the fringe of Capras selection, but who need to show they can make that transition.

Also there are six or seven from the CQ Indigenous team and a similar number of Gladstone players.

"There are plenty of great players in CQ who could play Capras, but have work commitments," he said.

"This is a building year for the Capras.' Loomans said an important ingredient for playing Queensland Cup is having the right attitude.

"Players have to be honest with themselves, they have to have a full-time attitude," he said.

 

CAPRAS

Players named for a trial game at Browne Park on Saturday against a CQ Invitation side:

CQ Capras: From-Reece Baker, Mitch Zornig, Ryan Wilson, Sailasa Vatabua, James Waterton, Casey Bromilow, Tim Glasby, Reece Goldsmith, James Crombie, John Clayton, Brent Williams, Russell Webber, Cooper Nobbs, Jack Kavanagh, David McLellan, Josh Tanner, Alan Rothery, Cheyanne Motu, Luke Crumblin, Chris Saunders, James Livlock, Kane Davis, Gavin Hiscox, Sam Pearce Coach John Harbin.



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