Harbin chases elusive wingers
CQ Capras coach John Harbin has done it hard selecting a winger.
An ankle injury to Dan Pickering left the door open for Mal Darkin's return to the Capras after he missed last week's loss to Wynnum Manly.
But Harbin said Darkin had also pulled out on medical advice as he was still fighting the effects of a virus.
Russell Webber was next on the list but the wing hoodoo struck again - he injured a shoulder during the week.
The news was better for 22-year-old Tyron Cranston.
He will make his Intrust Super Cup debut at Gladstone's Marley Brown Oval tonight.
Harbin said Cranston, a former St Brendan's College player, was at centre for Yeppoon Seagulls last week after returning to CQ in search of a start in Queensland Cup football.
Cranston too has not had the best of luck since returning to the region - he had a limited pre-season due to injury.
Dan Randall is not a certainty to start against Souths Logan Magpies and he is looking for medical clearance to play tonight.
"We are giving him every chance to recover," Harbin said.
The coach said the players trained well during the week while at last night's session they studied match videos.
A week after the Capras received a severe mauling from Wynnum Manly, Harbin remains confident the loss has not left a mental scar on his young players.
"I said to them, when they get to my age and look at the 10 worst things that have happened in their lives, the loss to Wynnum Manly will not be one of them," he said.
"There is no feeling of doom and gloom at the club."
All the players are keen to get on the park tonight as it is a great opportunity to erase any lingering memories about the 84-6 loss.
"That is the good thing about football, there is always the chance to come back," he said.
Harbin is showing respect to the Magpies and rates them a far better team than the two game-two loss record they have for the season.
"I thought they were a bit unlucky in stages of the game against Sunshine Coast," he said.
"We are expecting a tight game. They played well against Easts and they are a good team."
Harbin expects Gladstone to put on a good show for the game with a large crowd attending.
However, recent heavy rain may make conditions a little tricky with forwards expected to play a big role in both teams.
Players like Alan Rothery will have to step up and make the hard yards while the backs feed off his intelligent offloads to test out the Magpies defence.
The visiting team, although it is officially Souths Logan's home game, will see its captain Phil Dennis making his return after knee surgery during the off-season while centre Mat Templeman will need no introduction to Central Queenslanders after playing the second half of last season with the Comets. Kick off is at 7pm.
The CQ Capras squad to meet Souths Logan at Gladstone this evening is:-
CQ Capras: Reece Baker, Mitch Zornig, Dan Randall, Sailosi Vatubua, Gavin Hiscox, Jon Tavinor, Tim Glasby, Cheyenne Motu, James Crombie, Brent Williams, Ben Faulkner, Jakk Kavanagh, Alan Rothery, Dave McLellan, Sam Pierce, James Livock, Caleb Littleboy, John Clayton, Casey Bromilow, Tyron Cranston.
Coach: John Harbin.