TOUGH CHALLENGER: Mark Johnstone worked well in his role as hooker to set up two tries for the Capras in their match against Burleigh Bears at Pizzey Park yesterday afternoon.
TOUGH CHALLENGER: Mark Johnstone worked well in his role as hooker to set up two tries for the Capras in their match against Burleigh Bears at Pizzey Park yesterday afternoon. Chris Ison

Capras hoping to bounce back from record losing streak

THE ROCKHAMPTON Leagues Club Capras may have equalled their worst losing streak of 11 loses recorded in 2006, but skipper Guy Williams isn't losing hope.

Despite registering a 28-12 loss to Burleigh Bears at Pizzey Park in round 13 of the Queensland Intrust Super Cup yesterday afternoon, Capras stalwart Williams said the positives gained in the second half far out-weigh the negatives of the first stanza.

Burleigh opened the scoring with Connor Broadhurst over for the home side before team mate Kevin Gordon followed in his footsteps. A conversion from Tyler Chadburn had the Bears skipping clear 10-0.

With about eight minutes to go in the first half, Capras standout Matt Minto ran on the fifth tackle and passed to team mate Dan Randall who crossed to give CQ their first try of the day.

Minto followed up his good form to covert the try and it seemed the Capras were in with a winning chance approaching halftime before Burleigh's Josh Ailaomai snuck through with just one minute left on the clock, taking the score to 16-6.

"We didn't work hard enough early on in the game and lacked a bit of energy," Williams said.

"Burleigh has some pretty big guys. We knew what we were in for but we just couldn't stop their momentum."

Williams said a half-time talking-to from coach Lionel Harbin saw the Capras enter the second half with plenty of energy.

"We'll take plenty out of the second half though," he said.

"We had a chat at halftime and it really lifted the energy."

The hosts entered the second half with just as much gusto as the first and clinched a converted try through Chadburn with 33 minutes left on the clock.

The Capras hit back with 22 minutes to go when Gavin Hiscox scored under the posts off a superb Mark Johnstone pass.

Minto's perfect kicking form continued and the score was 22-12 in Burleigh's favour before Williams said things went pear-shaped for the Capras.

"The game was really in the balance and we had the opportunity to close the gap but didn't get there," the skipper said.

With eight minutes to go, a final burst from Mark Loane saw Burleigh extend their lead to 28-12.

Despite the 16-point loss, Williams praised his team mates for working hard right until the end.

"We handled the ball really well, defended well and the effort was really good," he said.

"We were there for each other and that really pleased me."

Williams hoped his squad would be a bit more consistent and energetic when they go head-to-head with top-of-the-table side Townsville Blackhawks at Browne Park at 6pm on Saturday.



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