Capras will be right at home and keen to clip Magpies’ wings
CONFIDENT and revived, the Central Queensland Capras return home to Browne Park on Saturday, certain of springing an upset over the fifth-placed Souths Logan Magpies.
With CQ Capras coach Jason Hetherington in State of Origin mode, performing his role as Queensland assistant coach to Mal Meninga, Capras assistant coach Damien Seibold will take the reins for this weekend's crucial clash.
The game, which kicks off at 6pm on Saturday night at Browne Park, will be part of a huge day of rugby league in Rockhampton, with the Rockhampton Junior Rugby League grand finals running all through the day, from 11am.
CQ Capras operations manager Walson Carlos said the Souths Logan Magpies would present a formidable challenge.
"Souths Logan Magpies have been the surprise packets of the Intrust Super Cup competition this year.
"I don't think many people would have expected them to be sitting in fifth place on the ladder after 11 rounds.
"The Capras' home form has been outstanding so far this year with two wins, a draw and a close loss to Ipswich, so this game has all the makings of a great clash," Carlos said.
"We need a strong crowd Saturday night at Browne Park to really get behind the Capras, because this is a crucial game in the context of our season."
In team changes, the Capras elevated former Canterbury Bulldogs player Brent Crisp to five-eighth for the weekend's clash and big prop Arlin Paki succumbed to a serious ankle injury that will see him sidelined indefinitely.
Local Rockhampton Brothers front-rower Rhys Chapman will replace Paki after impressing coaching staff with his dominant displays at local league level.
Tannum Sands recruit Anthony Flores has been added to the top-17 for the Capras after impressing Hetherington at the 47th Battalion carnival at Gladstone three weeks ago.
Ian Webster will start from the bench and fulfil the utility role.
In other Capras news, the team will now feature in the Intrust Super Cup Match of the Round on WIN Television in both rounds 13 and 14.
In round 13 the Capras will travel to the Gold Coast to take on Burleigh Bears at Pizzey Park, in a game that will be televised live on WIN TV from 2pm next Sunday, June 9.
The following weekend on Sunday, June 16, the CQ Capras will host the televised game against Easts Tigers; live across the state from 2pm.
1 Cameron Munster, 2 Jackson McEwan, 3 Russell Webber, 4 Josh Benjamin, 5 Marco Delapeno, 6 Brent Crisp, 7 Dean Blackman, 8 John Clayton, 9 Darcy Etrich, 10 Alan Rothery, 11 Simon Gregory, 12 Brent Williams, 13 Gavin Hiscox (c). Interchange: 14 Ian Webster, 15 Reggie Saunders, 16 Rhys Chapman, 17 Anthony Flores, 18 Nathan Young, 19 Jonathon Tavinor (two to be omitted).