Capras hooker Darcy Etrich is coming into impressive form with two tries ahead of the Intrust Super Cup.
Capras hooker Darcy Etrich is coming into impressive form with two tries ahead of the Intrust Super Cup. Chris Ison

Capras surge in a tight trial

A DETERMINED Central Queensland Capras fought off a Moranbah Miners comeback in the third and final preseason trial for the Intrust Super Cup Capras squad, to triumph 46-24.

Coach Jason Hetherington and the Capras squad travelled to Moranbah for Saturday's trial, anticipating a tough Miners unit lead by former Melbourne Storm forward Jaiman Lowe.

While greeted by a physical Miners team, the visitors got away to a flying start in the first half with quick tries from Gavin Duffey, Reggie Saunders, Cameron Munster and Darcy Etrich and goals from Munster and Marc Webb. "We were strong in the first quarter - we played really well with a lot of intensity, our structure was good and our defence was spot on although in the second quarter we started to drop away a bit from our structure and what the team is about," Hetherington said.

As the second quarter progressed, front-rower Lowe used his experience to set up a try for the Miners while centre Zac Walker snuck through the Capras defence. Late in the first half they trailed 14-24. The Miners muscled in on the Capras, who struggled to complete sets in the third quarter, and the hosts drew equal 24-24.

But in the fourth quarter the Capras found their second wind going back to the game plan which gave them an early lead. With the forwards laying a platform, winger Tyson White capitalised on a chance and scrambled over the line in the corner, while back- rower Sione Tongia backed up with another try. With five minutes to go, centre Josh Benjamin dotted the ball down and just to ensure the game was well and truly stitched up, hooker Etrich crossed for a second time with a try set up by Tongia.

"We will look at what we've been doing - what's in place already is good, we just need to keep doing it right," the coach said.

"The Miners were nice and physical, it was a good trial. I was really pleased with how each and everyone of the forwards went and the backs and edges played well too. We've had a really good three trials and they've been exactly what we wanted - everything has fallen into place."

The coach will now sit down with the "brains trust" to name a starting 18 for round one of the Intrust Super Cup, where the Capras will play Sunshine Coast Sea Eagles, at Stockland Stadium, on March 16. Meanwhile, the Villa Capri CQ Capras Under-21s were dominant in their match against the Moranbah reserve grade, also played at Moranbah on Saturday. They won 52-10.

Game ResultsIntrust Super Cup Trial

CQ Capras 46 (Darcy Etrich 2, Gavin Duffey, Reggie Saunders, Cameron Munster, Tyson White, Sione Tongia, Josh Benjamin tries; Cameron Munster 6, Marc Webb goals) defeated Moranbah Miners 24 (Saia Mateaele 2, Zac Walker, Matt Nuttall, Jaiman Lowe tries; Buchanan Rawhiti 2 goals).

Villa Capri CQ Capras Under-21s v Moranbah Reserve grade

CQ Capras Under-21 52 (Sam Kitchin, Jordan Milburn 2, Kieran Pratt, Jaron Goodman, Brendan Grulke, Nathan Young, Sterling Broadhurst tries; Dave Munns 4, Jordan Milburn 3, Brent Breckon goals) defeated Moranbah Reserves 10 (Dylan Smith, Mark Finlay tries; Luke Dwyer goal).



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