Front rower Matt Groat, who was one of the Capras best, is wrapped up by some solid Tweed Heads defence in the Intrust Super Cup clash at Browne Park yesterday.
Front rower Matt Groat, who was one of the Capras best, is wrapped up by some solid Tweed Heads defence in the Intrust Super Cup clash at Browne Park yesterday. Tamara MacKenzie ROK040617tkcapr

Capras squander lead to be beaten by Seagulls

RUGBY LEAGUE: The CQ Capras squandered a 16-point lead to be run down by a determined Tweed Heads Seagulls at Browne Park.

Coach Kim Williams was at a loss to explain the capitulation in which the Capras conceded 36 points in 45 minutes of football to be beaten 36-28.

"It's pretty hard to find words for how bad that was. After leading 16-nil, it shouldn't have got anywhere near that score,” a deflated Williams said in the post-match interview.

"I'm still trying to work it out ... extremely disappointed to the point of being embarrassed about that.

"It seems like for a few weeks we know how to win games and then we start to go back to bad habits.

"An occasion like today where we had an opportunity to push up the ladder and instead we've taken a really big step backwards.”

The Capras could not have asked for a better start against the bottom-placed Seagulls.

Tries to Oliver Percy and Ken Tofilau had them up by 10 points just six minutes in and they extended the lead to 16 when co-captain Guy Williams crashed over for his first try of the season at the 32-minute mark.

But a length-of-the-field try off an intercept pass and an acrobatic effort out wide in the dying seconds of the half had the visitors back in the contest at 16-8 at the break.

Tweed continued to ride the momentum early in the second half, running in two more tries to take the lead before Williams crossed for his second to level it up at 22-all with 17 minutes to go.

Capras Guy Williams celebrates with his team mates after his second try against Tweed Heads Seagulls.
Capras Guy Williams celebrates with his team mates after his second try against Tweed Heads Seagulls. Tamara MacKenzie ROK040617tkcapr

But Tweed intercepted another misdirected Capras pass to score again in the 70th minute and when they ran in their sixth try in the 74th minute they had the game won.

Hard-working front rower Matt Groat, who was one of the Capras' best, went in for a consolation try in the 79th minute to complete the scoring.

Williams said the Capras lacked the energy and intensity that had seen them draw with the Townsville Blackhawks and defeat the Northern Pride in their past two games.

"We didn't get anywhere near that today so that's going to no doubt force my hand with a few changes,” he said.

"The most disappointing thing was that the little efforts that win you games weren't there and I think we've got a few players there whose work ethic dropped off significantly today.

"I don't think we got a lot of energy from our bench and then again when our starting guys came back on from interchange. When we needed a bit of a lift we didn't get it at all.”

The Capras have won just one of their home games this season and the loss to Tweed has them sitting 11th on the ISC ladder, six points adrift of the top six.

They are on the road this weekend to take on the second-last Burleigh Bears.



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