Capras hooker Billy Gilbert slotted into footy at ISC level with ease.
Capras hooker Billy Gilbert slotted into footy at ISC level with ease. Chris Ison ROK120217ccapras7

Crippled Capras may look to recruit

RUGBY LEAGUE: The bye can't come quickly enough for the Rockhampton Leagues Club CQ Capras at the minute.

Injuries have decimated Kim Williams' side, forcing changes for just about every game this season.

On that front, things went from bad to worse in the weekend's 28-18 loss to the Burleigh Bears on the Gold Coast.

Having already lost Jack Kavanagh, Bill Cullen and Oliver Percy mid-week, Matt Groat's season could be cut prematurely short.

The monster prop has a ruptured bicep and will go have scans today, lock Gavin Hiscox and Justin Tavae were also forced from the field.

"It was a big struggle, a small pack of forwards and one sub left, we just couldn't dominate that middle channel,” Williams said.

"We knew we were up against it, it was a real tough slog. And a pretty dour, boring old game, in cold, rainy conditions.

"They skipped out to an early lead and while we were in it at half-time, the injuries hurt.

"We scored two late tries at the end and showed some positive spirit but the game was sowed up.

"I am very glad we have the bye next week.”

Interchange hooker Billy Gilbert was a shining light in the defeat, coming on for a 25 minute spell.

His form for Yeppoon has proved him too hard to ignore and showed he belongs at this level.

"Billy was excellent, played more minutes than I originally planned and was very, very good,” he said.

With such a crippling injury toll, Williams is seriously considering making a play for another big man.

He has three weeks before the June 30 deadline to sign a player.

Should Groat, Cullen and Kavanagh be out long-term, the shear size of the Capras pack is diminished.

A new signing could bring both size and help to lift attitude and morale.

Capras face Easts Tigers at Browne Park in two weeks time.



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