Capras coach's priority check-in
BLAME the away game atmosphere, homesickness or even bus lag but the Capras' inability to consistently win outside of Rockhampton has haunted the club since its inception in 1996.
But coach Lionel Harbin insists the Rockhampton Leagues Club Central Queensland Capras are ready to stage a comeback at Marley Brown Oval on Saturday night.
"We haven't travelled well so far this season; we have lost a couple of games that we probably should have won," Harbin said.
"But last week was a big turning point for us; we took the lead and proved we were in contention right throughout."
Industrial powerhouse Gladstone will provide the fuel for the Capras' engine room in Round 10 of the Intrust Super Cup against the Wynnum Manly Seagulls.
"Gladstone has always been a big part of the Capras and the crowd there is always tremendous," Harbin said.
"It's only an hour down the road and we have a strong Gladstone representation in our team.
"I have no doubt the boys can prove themselves against the top-quality side."
The Capras have made changes to their recovery before and after away games in an effort to remain in contention for the full 80 minutes.
"We need to be in the game for the full 80 minutes. A couple of lapses cost us again on the weekend," Harbin said.
"Each tackle and each carry is a contest, so we need to be focused for that."
Harbin said Hayden Buckman was a confirmed starter at centre this weekend, with Ian Webster moving into the halves.
"Dan Randall, who has been playing very well for us, unfortunately won't be able to play this weekend so Bucky will come in for him," Harbin said.
"Tarrant Mariner and Mark Johnstone are still at least two weeks away but we are going to give them all the time they need."
Harbin said his side's hunt for a win would be driven by strong defence against the second-placed Seagulls.
"They are a well-drilled, structured side with strength and firepower right across the board," he said.
"Wynnum have a very strong forward pack and are led around by two quality halves."
ISC ROUND 10
CQ Capras (1. Javarn White, 2. Jake Ainsworth, 3. Jacob Gagai, 4. Hayden Buckman, 5. Clinton Mooney, 6. Matt Minto, 7. Ian Webster, 8. Gerard Tema, 9. Josh Mitchell, 10. Gavin Hiscox, 11. Rajan Opetaia-Halls, 12. Guy Williams (c), 13. Garret Field. Interchange: 14. Aaron Watson, 15. Josh Johnston, 16. Dean McAdam, 17. Tyson White, 18. Corbyn Kilday, 19. Dean Allen) vs Wynnum Manly Seagulls at Marley Brown Oval on Saturday, 7pm.