Coach Williams apologetic after Capras fail to deliver victory
RUGBY LEAGUE: "We completely let them down.”
That is how coach Kim Williams said he felt after the CQ Capras failed to deliver for the Rockhampton community last night, beaten 38-22 by the Mackay Cutters in the XXXX Rivalry Round.
About 2300 people packed Browne Park after the Capras and the State Government joined forces to make entry free in a bid to lift community spirits in the wake of the city's floods.
Unfortunately, they watched the Capras slump to their fourth loss of the season - and the coach could not mask his disappointment.
"There's no one in our club that should be happy about that,” Williams said post-match.
"I feel really bad for the big crowd that came along. We had a great opportunity to give the community a bit of a boost at the back end of a tough week and we completely let them down.
"We're a lot better than that and that's 40 minutes of last week and now 80 minutes of this week of pretty disappointing play so obviously some things need to change.”
The Capras looked set to impress from the opening kick-off, pressuring the Cutters line and dominating possession.
They scored their first points when centre Justin Tavae crossed for the first of his two tries in the eighth minute off the back of a good backline movement.
Tony Tumusa converted for the Capras to lead 6-0.
But from about the 10-minute mark, the pendulum swung firmly back in the visitors' favour and they ran in four unanswered tries in the 13th, 25th 28th and 34th minutes to lead 18-6 at half-time.
The Capras were first on the board in the second half, with five-eighth Reece Baker diving over for a try to take the score to 18-12.
A comeback looked on the cards when Bill Cullen scored in the 50th minute to close the gap to 20-16 but the Cutters rallied, scoring two tries in two minutes to go to 30-16.
The Capras were in again in the 64th minute through Tavae but the Cutters ran in two more tries to seal the victory.
Williams said defence was again a major concern for the Capras but they were also guilty of not sticking to the game plan and failing to build pressure on the opposition.
"Every time that we had them under pressure we found a way to give away a penalty late in the tackle count and that's just really disappointing,” he said.
"We just handed them points and we should be able to defend more resiliently when the oppositions in our territory.
"There's no way we should concede more than 30 points and that's now two weeks in a row. That's an attitude and effort thing... and it's an area we've got to fix.
"It's attention to detail and doing the little things well and we've got too many players not focusing on that part of their game at the moment "
Williams said changes would be made to the team as it geared up for a run of three away games, starting with the Sunshine Coast Falcons this Sunday.
"It's a phase of three away games now where we've got to win if not all of them then at least two to get back and take some pressure ourselves,” he said.