TEAM LIST: Guy savouring extra workload as sub
RUGBY LEAGUE: Guy Williams is relishing his new role in the middle despite coming from the bench.
Tasked with replacing fellow skipper and workhorse Gavin Hiscox, Williams comes on after 25 and continues the momentum - importantly for his side, he still averages 50-plus minutes.
It is quite the change from the industrious backrower Browne Park has been used to but he isn't shying away from it.
Williams' middle involvement in the weekend's sour defeat to Tweed Heads saw him rack up 29 tackles and 95 metres.
"It is a different role but I am enjoying it,” the co-captain said on his new gig.
"I feel more involved in the middle and I am happy to come on and lift the energy and continue the talk.
"Gav is a great talker and so it is good to work in tandem with him.
"Sometimes in the backrow, if the ball is not going down your side you miss out on seeing the footy a bit - it was nice to get a couple of tries (on the weekend).”
1. Maipele Morseu
2. Ken Tofilau
3. Justin Tavae
4. Nathan Bassani
5. Chanel Seigafo
6. Reece Baker
7. Jack Madden
8. Matt Groat
9. Krys Freeman
10. Oliver Percy
11. Marco De La Pena
15. Bill Cullen
13. Gavin Hiscox
12. Guy Williams
14. Tony Tumusa
16. Jack Kavanagh
17. Phil Nati
18. Billy Gilbert
19. Cody Grills
20. Vic Halfpenny
21. Liam Pickersgill
The man who technically replaced Williams, Calliope's Bill Cullen, had been knocking on the door for some time.
According to his captain, he has well and truly earned it.
"Bill has put on a few kilos this year, eight I think and is going really well,” Williams said.
"He is a smart footballer, runs the right lines and has good skills in ball play.
"As a front-on tackler, he is probably our best. He is a textbook tackler and can really hit guys.
"And for a big fella he has a good engine and can really bend the line back and get us going forward.”
Williams and co head to Pizzey Park to face the defending premiers Burleigh.
Capras were one of few sides to taste victory at the Bears home ground and will be buoyed on by their round 3 win in Rockhampton this year.
Williams though is wary.
"They're the reigning champions for a reason and are a quality side,” he warned.
"It is a crucial game for both sides and their position is no indicator.
"We have to start well and continue it. We are good enough and have to prove it.”