Capras’ coach wields selection axe
CENTRAL Queensland Capras' coach Lionel Harbin has injected fresh blood to his starting unit by adding Gladstone-based centre Shaun Collins and Scottish international Corbyn Kilday.
The development comes as Harbin delivered the first ruction at Browne Park by taking the axe to his starting 13 for Saturday night's clash against Sunshine Coast.
Harbin's stinging appraisal of the Rockhampton Leagues Club CQ Capras 68-16 loss to the Redcliffe Dolphins has left several enforcers on shaky ground.
"The weekend's performance wasn't up to scratch and some individuals didn't perform to the level that we wanted," Harbin said.
"The guys that we have brought in have been training really well for us for the last few weeks and we are going to give them the opportunity to see how they go."
After failing to meet early season expectations and sputtering to a 1-9 win/loss record, Harbin cautioned his starters were under the microscope.
Collins has been training with the Capras for the past three weeks and will come into the side in place of Broncos' contracted Jacob Gagai.
Rajan Opetaia-Halls will drop back to the bench, with Kilday, Garret Field and captain Guy Williams making up the back row.
Hayden Buckman will replace Clinton Mooney at wing with Dan Randall slotting into the number four jersey.
"Dan has been training well and on the weekend he was probably one of our best again," Harbin said.
"He's been playing well; his commitment to the club has been outstanding and it shows in his game."
"He has that aggression that we want and will need against Sunshine Coast this Saturday night."
Reece Baker is expected to make a return for the Capras against the Falcons after starting the season with Norths Devils.
"Reece will come back this week and train with us and we will make a decision later in the week whether he plays or not," Harbin said.
"He will come off the bench if he does play. Reece can play in several positions; he's played in the halves, hooker so he can fill that utility roll for us."
Harbin hoped the Capras would return to form against the Sunshine Coast who come off a 60-12 loss against Easts in Round 11.
"We need to look at this weekend as a new game and think positively," he said.
"This weekend will come down to who wants it more on the night and playing at home will be a big advantage for us.
"Everyone has to step up, we are a team.
"We need 17 players playing their best; they all need to step up and be ready to play."
ISC ROUND 12
CQ Capras (1. Javarn White, 2. Jake Ainsworth, 3. Shaun Collins, 4. Dan Randall, 5. Hayden Buckman, 6. Matt Minto, 7. Ian Webster, 8. Gerrad Tema, 9. Josh Mitchell, 10. Gavin Hiscox, 11. Garrett Field, 12. Guy Williams , 13. Corbyn Kilday. Interchange - 14. Aaron Watson, 15. RJ Halls, 16. Dean McAdam, 17. Tyson White, 18. Clinton Mooney, 19. Tarrant Mariner, 20. Reece Baker) vs Sunshine Coast Falcons at Browne Park on Saturday, 6pm