Promising signs but be patient
RUGBY LEAGUE: Kim Williams calls a spade a spade. He pays credit where and when it's due.
Saturday night's trial games against feeder clubs Yeppoon Seagulls and Rockhampton Brothers showed two things - promise, and that patience is required.
The signs of a good core squad are there and the side can be built around a smart spine and sturdy forwards. But they are still a work in progress. Williams is only one year into his tenure, and there are problems still to be ironed out.
On a hot night, both Yeppoon and Brothers caused problems at times, with the Capras' superior fitness and attacking flair saving their skin.
Williams called it too "up and down" for his liking.
"I would have liked to be a bit more dominant in our forwards, we lost our way a bit. When we should have been charging in, we were forcing passes when they weren't on and getting sloppy," Williams said.
"The most disappointing thing was our lack of energy and aggression out there. For our first real full-contact game I was expecting the guys to jump out of their skin.
"I am quite concerned about our discipline. We have three penalties away in succession, just needed more urgency as well."
Hooker Krys Freeman was sharp and halfback Jack Madden has the vision and smarts to make a fist of Intrust Super Cup level. Combined with dynamic duo Reece Baker and Maipele Morseu, the Capras have a spine to be reckoned with. And a spine that will only get better the more games they play.
Co-captain Guy Williams took time to praise his halfback.
"Jack steered the ship around really well, he takes the ball right to the line and isn't afraid to cop a hit," he said.
"I think he will be really good for us, he gets us around the park really well.
"It was great to get back into full-contact. We made a few little errors but we defended our line well."
With the engine room led by new enforcer Matt Groat, the likes of Jack Kavanagh, Gavin Hiscox and Oliver Percy can do their own game.
All four played big minutes and will form a formidable rotation.
"That was the area I was most pleased with. I got big minutes out of them, most went for 50 minutes straight," the coach commented.
Despite the convincing 28-0 and 28-8 score lines, Williams is not sold on his best 17.
"We will sort through our video and pick our best 17 or 18 and see how they go against Mackay.
"There were good signs but a bit inconsistent across the night. I think tonight helped pick a side, a couple stood up but others haven't taken their opportunity.
"I dare say a few will be disappointed next week, then it is their challenge to force their way back."