Capras player Aleki Falepaini in the trial game against the Yeppoon Seagulls at Browne Park.
Capras player Aleki Falepaini in the trial game against the Yeppoon Seagulls at Browne Park. Chris Ison ROK120217ccapras9

TEAMS LIST: Capras' squad for the weekend's Cutters clash

RUGBY LEAGUE: Aleki Falepaini's versatility has seen him likely win the race for the hotly contested CQ Capras five-eighth jersey.

He will partner Jack Madden in the halves for the weekend's final trial with the Mackay Cutters.

Dynamo Maipele Morseu was widely tipped to secure the spot but his fitness is not quite up to speed.

While things may change before round one, Capras coach Kim Williams was relatively happy with his top squad.

"Maipele is on the bench but could be an option for round one, he has had a month off in pre-season and is very dangerous from the bench," Williams said.

"His fresh legs against tired defence is a real asset and Aleki can cover anywhere.

"It gives me an option to push Reece Baker into five-eighth and play Maipele at the back.

"Aleki has played a lot of his footy in the middle as a lock and is probably the quickest in our team over 30 metres. Against tired defence early in the year he can be a real weapon in the middle."

READ: What we learned from the weekend's games against Rocky Brothers and Yeppoon Seagulls.

Williams said he was very close to his top squad and the weekend would confirm that.

"It gives them a look at where they sit at the pecking order currently and there are a handful in the second squad still in contention if they have a good performance on the weekend it may change.

"But I wouldn't expect too many changes from there for round one."

Capras and Cutters squads

1 Reece Baker 1 Jack Joass

2 Ken Tofilau 2 Yamba Bowie

3 Justin Tavae 3 Setaimata Sa

4 Brandon Manase 4 Jordan Pereira

5 Junior Kirisome 5 Nathan Saumalu

6 Aleki Falepaini 6 Nicho Hynes

7 Jack Madden 7 Cooper Bambling

8 Matt Groat 8 Gareth Moore

9 Krys Freeman 9 Jake Eden

10 Jack Kavanagh 10 Nick Brown

11 Guy Williams 11 Andrew Davey

12 Marco De La Pena 12 John Faletogoa'i

13 Gavin Hiscox 13 Jack Blagbrough

14 Oliver Percy 14 Aaron Booth

15 Bill Cullen 15 Lona Kaifoto

16 Vic Halfpenny 16 Jacob Pottinger

17 Maipele Morseu 17 Alex Farrell

18 Phil Nati 18 Isaac Richardson

19 Sam Smith 19 Blake Atherton

20 Chanel Seigafo

Aside from his halves, Williams' biggest headache came in the outside backs. The experienced Justin Tavae the only certainty.

"My extended bench shows how difficult it has been, Chanel Seigafo and Sam Smith in particular," he said.

"Junior Kirisome was outstanding last year but has missed a month of training and needs minutes. Sam has had more time than Brandon Manase at right centre so that is why he gets the start. But they are neck and neck and I have told them that, performance is everything for them."

READ: Marco De La Pena's road to the starting side.

Former St Brendan's College star Cooper Bambling will debut for the Cutters at the weekend, a player in high regard by Williams.

Ex Emerald Brothers back-rower Andrew Davey will captain the northern side.

Williams was looking forward to playing a team on their level.

"I am really looking forward to the Cutters, from what I am hearing they are a lot better than last year," he commented.

"They have signed some quality players, Jayden Hodges, Cooper Bambling, I think they will be very competitive.

"We are hoping for a really tough game to get us ready for the PNG Hunters."



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