Coach Kim Williams says defence continues to be a focus for the CQ Capras.
Coach Kim Williams says defence continues to be a focus for the CQ Capras. Allan Reinikka Rokacapras

Capras unchanged for Magpies

CQ CAPRAS coach Kim Williams has rewarded his players for their win over the Burleigh Bears by naming an unchanged line-up for this weekend's game against Souths Logan Magpies.

The CQ Capras are feeling confident heading into the game, to be played at 7pm on Saturday at Yeppoon's Webb Park, with a victory giving them back-to-back wins for the first time this season.

Williams yesterday said there were no injury concerns but Vic Halfpenny was battling a bout of tonsillitis, something he was sure he would recover from before Saturday's kick-off.

While he was pleased with the victory against the Burleigh Bears, Williams stressed that defence remained an area that needed improvement.

"Our attack, in particular, was excellent on the weekend. I think we probably scored some of the best tries of the season so far," he said.

"Defence still needs some work - 32 points conceded probably isn't going to win you too many games during the season but we were good enough in attack to get the victory.

"(I'm) not happy when we concede that many tries in a game. We try and set our mark at three or less a game and if you do that you're going to just about win all of those games.

"I'd much prefer a 14-10 score line to a 38-32. I'm not a big fan of poor defensive efforts so it's a continued focus."

Williams is expecting a similar game this weekend.

"Souths Logan are probably quite a similar team to Burleigh; they've got a big forward pack and they can score some points but they also leak some points," he said.

"I know they're going to throw a fair bit at us. They have some offloaders in the team and that's hurt us in the past.

"They certainly like to throw the ball around so we're just going to have to be better on our edges which has been a bit of an ongoing weakness."

Williams said it was also likely the Magpies would be boosted by some players from the Brisbane Broncos.

"Until you see what the Broncos give them back, it's pretty hard to make any solid commitments to the way you're going to play," he said.

CAPRAS SQUAD

1. Reece Baker, 2. Junior Kirisome, 3. Brandon Manase, 4. Justin Tavae, 5. Adam Henry, 6. Maipele Morseu, 7. Matt Minto, 8. Gavin Hiscox, 9. Josh Mitchell, 10. Jack Kavanagh, 11. Vic Halfpenny, 12. Bill Cullen, 13. Samson Graham, 14. Mark Johnstone, 15. Peter Gallen, 16. Michael Ki, 17. Aleki Falepaini

ISC LADDER

Townsville Blackhawks 12

PNG Hunters 12

Northern Pride 10

Recliffe Dolphins 10

Burleigh Bears 10

Easts Tigers 9

Sunshine Coast Falcons 8

CQ Capras 8

Norths Devils 7

Souths Logan Magpies 6

Ipswich Jets 4

Tweed Heads Seagulls 4

Wynnum Manly Seagulls 2

Mackay Cutters 0



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