JMK Central Queensland Capras under-16s punished Central Crows' lacklustre defence in a thumping home display on Saturday afternoon.
The Capras took full advantage of the Crows' defensive disarray, pounding to a 10-0 lead before settling for a 28-22 win at Browne Park.
Hooker Kobe Hetherington was ever-present as the home side controlled the centre of the park, while Zaine Hammond, Jack Pattie and the fast-emerging Corey Armstrong, with three tries, led the home attack.
Two late tries frustrated the Capras outfit but they held firm when the game was theirs to be won.
Hetherington busted through an unimpressive Crows' defensive edge leaving Pattie to finish off the 40m try.
But Capras under-16s coach Allan Frost said his side's defence gave plenty of metres to the Crows pack late in the second half.
"We played really well in patches but the last 15 minutes were disappointing - we put the cue on the rack too early," he said.
"Our defence was a bit sloppy at times and our speed moving off the defensive line was erratic.
"We didn't wrap the ball up enough, allowing a few offloads in the back half."
While Frost urged his players to finish the job, he commended their variations around the ruck.
"We were really good around the ruck and in the midfield," he said.
"In terms of our variety, they executed everything we worked on exceptionally well.
"Hopefully we can now build on that confidence and put in a little extra effort at training this week."
The Schwarz Excavations CQ Capras under-18s thrashed the Central Crows 58-0.
Both teams head to Townsville this weekend to take on the Townsville Stingers at Jack Manski Oval.