Capras' good news
WHILE not too much should be read into the Capras line-up for the game against the CQ Indigenous All Stars on Saturday, many of the players selected for the opening trial appear to have the inside running.
The good news for coach John Harbin and the Capras squad is that the injury to key forward Alan Rothery is not as serious as had been suspected.
Consequently it is expected he will play a part on Saturday, even though it is unlikely he will gain many minutes on the field.
While Harbin said Rothery had been doing a lot of cardio work in training, the player will no doubt enjoy having the opportunity of getting into the physical side of the game again.
The squad named by Harbin yesterday is, as anticipated, a mixture of a large group of players plucked from the local competition, a solid core with Queensland Cup experience through the Comets and a handful of new faces.
A disappointment for the Capras is the inability to secure the services of two Fijian players, who were keen to pay their own way to get a trial in the competition.
"They were unable to get visas," the coach said.
New players named for this game are Sailasa Vatabua, who returned to Fiji after playing with the Yeppoon Seagulls two years ago, former Penrith under-20 hooker or lock Reece Goldsmith, and five-eighth Theeran Pearson, who has come down from Cairns.
However, it is the local content that is impressive, with players like Reece Baker and Daniel Pickering coming into the squad after gaining limited Queensland Cup experience with the Comets.
Pickering is capable of making an impact as a speedy and elusive winger.
With the Comets he impressed with ball in hand but was considered at the time to be a little fragile defensively.
For Baker it is a good chance to put his undoubted talent to the test, with Harbin indicating he will be using him in the fullback position.
Returning to Rockhampton after a spell at Melbourne is Russell Webber.
The squad to play the CQ Indigenous All Stars at Browne Park on Saturday, kick-off 7pm: Reece Baker, Gavin Duffy, Cheyanne Motu, Malcolm Darkin, Jack Kavanagh, Russell Webber, Daniel Pickering, George Jarrett, Mitch Zornig, Johnathon Tavinor, Tim Glasby, Brent Williams, Ben Faulkner, John Clayton, James Crombie, Alan Rothery, Sailasa Vatabua, Reece Goldsmiith, Theeran Pearson. Coach John Harbin.