Capras development squad coaches Steve Parle and Aaron Earnshaw are preparing their teams for this weekend’s double-header on the Sunshine Coast.
Capras development squad coaches Steve Parle and Aaron Earnshaw are preparing their teams for this weekend’s double-header on the Sunshine Coast. Allan Reinikka

Capras ready for big season

IT IS countdown time to a big season of rugby league with the Central Queensland Capras making their final preparations ahead of this weekend's double-header at the Sunshine Coast.

The Capras development program teams, under-16s and under-18s, put on some enterprising football and solid defence during Saturday's final trial match against the Central Queensland invitational sides.

The afternoon proved to be a triumph for the Capras youngsters with a 38-12 win by the under-16 side backed up by an overwhelming 68-0 win by the under-18s.

Coaches Steve Parle and Aaron Earnshaw can be satisfied with the way their respective teams performed, but will also be aware there is still hard work to be done heading into this weekend's first rounds of the Cyril Connell and Mal Meninga Cup series.

Parle had his under-16 side face an under-18 Central Queensland Invitation side, completing their 2012 pre-season program with a 38-12 win.

"The side we played were a bit short of players, therefore some of our players played for them," Parle said.

"Even though they were an 18-year-old team, we were a lot fitter and our skill level was generally a lot higher."

The Capras came into the match in hot form after a strong trial performance last weekend against the under-16 Mackay Cutters side.

"The young man I initially had at fullback was unavailable, so Isiah Huet stepped in and played exceptionally well," Parle said.

"I haven't seen him play a lot, but he proved to be a highlight at the weekend's game.

"The halves also worked well.

"Cooper Bambling and Julyess Jarvis have played together for quite a while and it showed."

The under-16s' coach said he would be taking 20 players away to this weekend's double-header against the young Central United and Sunshine Coast sides.

"All players in the squad are strong," Parle said.

"If we can come up with two wins we are set for the season."

Under-18s' coach Aaron Earnshaw hoped to continue his side's solid build-up heading into this weekend's double-header.

Earnshaw said he was happy with the weekend's result with players taking control in attack.

"Five-eighth Cameron Munster and half-back Angus Duranti showed some good organisational skills when organising their players around the field," he said.

"Forward Dan Collins contributed well for us getting the play forwards."

The under-18 side's success proved to be a team effort with players stepping up and attacking the under-20 invitational side.

"Everyone contributed with getting us forward. It was our centres, our wingers, our backs and our forwards, it wasn't just left up to a few," Earnshaw said.

The development squads and Capras sides will again this week continue to work on their defensive line in preparation for this weekend's season openers at the Sunshine Coast.

"I have no doubt that it is going to be tough, but I think we can do well, considering our potential," Earnshaw said.



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