Capras player Arlin Paki will be looking for space in his squads clash with Tweed Heads at Biloela tonight.
Capras player Arlin Paki will be looking for space in his squads clash with Tweed Heads at Biloela tonight. Chris Ison

The Seagulls and the Capras will go head to head

HAYDEN Buckman takes to the field for the CQ Capras tonight following the suspension of winger Marco Delapena for a dangerous throw.

Coming off the back of a fantastic win over competition heavyweights Northern Pride at Gladstone last weekend, the Central Queensland Capras will head into their clash with Tweed Heads Seagulls at Biloela tonight with new-found confidence.

Capras' coach Jason Hetherington will call on his team to build on last week's impressive performance and said the side was looking great heading into round 10 of the Intrust Super Cup.

The Seagulls take a strong record of wins against the Capras into the game, having won the past four encounters, but Hetherington was not too worried. "We've had a really good week, we have to keep moving forward and maintain that high intensity and confidence," Hetherington said.

The outfit was virtually at full strength despite the loss of Delapena and boasted a strong front row with the return of injured players, the coach added.

Delapena faced the judiciary on Thursday night over charges of a dangerous throw in the Capras' game against Northern Pride last round and was handed a one-week suspension.

Hetherington said Delapena would be replaced on the wing by Buckman, who was coming through the Capras' development program and would be a key player into the future. Hetherington expected a good, fit and speedy Tweed Heads squad to run out on to the field tonight and said the Capras would be doing their best to build pressure and remain consistent for the full 80 minutes.

"We need to play percentage football, build pressure and if we keep doing what we're doing, we should do well," he said. "Last week we were terrific as a team and I think we have a lot more success when we play as a team."

As well as an overall team performance, Hetherington said he would anticipate strong form from Cameron Munster, Simon Gregory and Darcy Etrich as well as a consistent kicking performance from Ian Webster.

Tonight's game kicks off at 7 o'clock at Biloela.

ISC LADDER

(After round nine)

Team P W L D Pt
Mackay Cutters 8 5 2 1 13
Northern Pride 8 5 3 0 12
Ipswich Jets 9 6 3 0 12
Wynnum Manly Seagulls 8 5 3 0 12
Souths Logan Magpies 8 5 3 0 12
Easts Tigers 8 4 4 0 10
Norths Devils 8 4 4 0 10
Redcliffe Dolphins 9 4 4 1 9
Tweed Heads Seagulls 8 3 4 1 9
Central Capras 8 2 5 1 7
Burleigh Bears 8 2 6 0 6
Sunshine Coast Sea Eagles 8 2 6 0 6


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