Capras handed heaviest defeat in 2015 season by Redcliffe
ROCKHAMPTON Leagues Club CQ Capras have been handed their heaviest 2015 Intrust Super Cup defeat after a 68-16 thrashing by Redcliffe yesterday.
The loss eclipsed 50-point defeats to Easts in Round 7 and Blackhawks in Round 4 as the Capras' worst and cast serious doubts over the club's finals hopes.
Redcliffe was merciless at Dolphin Oval, running in twelve tries to three as it piled on 42 points in the second half.
Central Queensland has now lost nine straight matches and its struggle to finish inside the top four again seems under threat.
The Capras opened the scoring in the seventh minute when a barn- storming Garrett Field capitalised on a Dolphins' attacking error to charge over left of the posts.
Things were looking promising for the visitors when last week's milestone-man Ian Webster slotted the conversion.
But a ninth-minute try from Redcliffe's Curtis Johnston was enough to strike momentum in the home side's attack.
A second try to Dolphins second-rower Anthony Cherrington, the first of his three for the night, was followed by another four-pointer to fullback Josh Beehag in the 22nd minute.
But rather than fight their way back in, the Capras struggled to remain in the contest as the Dolphins piled on another two tries to lead 22-6 at halftime.
Redcliffe made easy yards, particularly down the left side through Johnston, but the Capras struggled to appear dangerous with the ball.
But the under-strength Central Queensland side proved its desperation to score an impressive team try through centre Jacob Gagai in the 60th minute.
Former The Cathedral College student Jake Ainsworth backed it up to cross in the left-hand corner six minutes later to bring the score to 44-16.
Ill-discipline allowed Redcliffe to balloon the margin to 52 points.
"We had the opportunity to show the positive direction we were heading in but failed to deliver," Capras captain Guy Williams said.
"We didn't hold the ball and that meant we were doing a lot of extra work in defence," Williams said.
Williams praised the returning efforts of centre Dan Randall, and the enthusiasm of five-eighth Matt Minto in attack.
"Dan played really well for us in the centres. He ran the ball hard and was strong in defence," he said.
"I think a few of us need to take a leaf out of his book."
The Capras have a chance to redeem themselves against the Sunshine Coast Falcons at Browne Park on Saturday night.