HARD WORK: Just like his teammates, Capras centre Tarrant Mariner worked hard all game.
HARD WORK: Just like his teammates, Capras centre Tarrant Mariner worked hard all game. Allan Reinikka Rokacapras

GALLERY: Capras brave in loss to Townsville

DESPITE the 46-6 defeat to the Townsville Blackhawks the CQ Capras can hold their heads high.

They worked tirelessly in defence for much of the match and the scoreline could have been much worse if they had not.

It was a true 80-minute performance from the Capras; not once did they give up on the game and were duly rewarded with a try to Rajan Opetaia-Halls late in the second half, Webster converting.

Not helping the Capras' cause were some dubious refereeing decisions, particularly for knock-ons, which were reasonably frequent, given the wet, slippery conditions, as a misty rain fell for most of the match.

Silly mistakes again crept into the Capras' game, particularly as they tired, including kicking the ball out on the full from a restart.

On the positive side, the Capras displayed on-field intelligence, working out how to bring the Blackhawks undone from their kick-offs.

Coach Lionel Harbin admitted it was not on his instructions and something the players worked out for themselves.

The Capras went to the break 30-nil down but came back out all fired up.

They kicked off high and shallow and ran through, tapped the ball back and regained possession.

They did it again, and this time the Blackhawks spilled the kick.

And they almost regained possession from their third restart, with the Blackhawks failing to realise what was going on.

The fact the second-half scoreline was only 16-6 to the Intrust Super Cup leaders, the Townsville Blackhawks was testament to how hard the Capras worked, particularly in defence - which they were forced to do a lot.



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