Capras unchanged for round five opponents in Gladstone

AFTER three games this year, the new-look Capras are playing with an up-tempo, speedy style with a high fitness level.

Add to that a strong kicking game and high completion rate and the Capras' have the competition struggling to contain their smaller but skilful side.

Wins over premiers Ipswich Jets and the Mackay Cutters have the Capras sitting in fourth place ahead of their round five opponents Easts Tigers.

Coach Kim Williams named an unchanged 17 this week and said it was a bonus to train with the same run-on squad.

"The 17 that played against Ipswich deserve to be there, it's just good to get that consistency there," Williams said.

"We named Mark Johnstone but it is unlikely that he will play.

"Easts are another big side, so our kicking game and completion rates need to be spot on, against the Jets we had 70% and our kick and chase was excellent.

"Our fitness has been great, we have finished over the top of most teams we have played, not being a big team we have to have an edge by being more mobile and fitter than the other teams and that's how we have devised our gameplan."

Their 23-14 win over Ipswich was arguably their biggest scalp in three years and Williams said it was important to "build confidence early", particularly to avoid momentum after a bye round.

"This last week was a great week at training, a lot of upbeat faces," he said.

"I needed to make sure the week off was a positive one so we didn't lose that moment… so we had a tough week in terms of what we did on the paddock, this week will be a lot lighter.

"The attitude has been great all along but certainly beating the reigning premiers helps, especially early in the year, it was important to build confidence from the start and we have done that."

Throughout his involvement through Intrust Super Cup competition, Williams labelled Easts the benchmark side in the game.

He said playing the up-tempo brand of play produced this season and limiting the Tigers' go-forward would go a long way to the two points.

"Reduced interchange is working in our favour at the moment, it's our speed and tempo that have an edge on the other teams, he said.

"But Easts have been the benchmark team the last three or four years I have been involved and I expect another tough game.

"We have to group their forward pack in particular, their middle channel is very strong… Francis Taulau is very good, big Matthew Zgrajewski is a giant of a man and they have good halves.

"They have some outstanding backs in their squad this year, Cheyse Blair for instance, and on the back of their sizable forward pack, are very dangerous."

Williams was yet to take a team to play at Gladstone's Marley Brown Oval, but he said he looked forward to the passionate crowd.

The Capras home game kicks off at 7pm.

Capras Squad

  •  Reece Baker
  • Junior Kirisome
  • Brandon Manase
  • Adam Henry
  • Marco De La Pena
  • Maipele Morseu
  • Matt Minto
  • Gavin Hiscox
  • Ian Webster
  • Jack Kavanagh
  • Vic Halfpenny
  • Bill Cullen
  • Aleki Falepaini
  • Josh Mitchell
  • Peter Gallen
  • Michael Ki
  • Mark Johnstone
  • Samson Graham

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