Tough test for young Capras in first hit-out
RUGBY LEAGUE: Coach Jamie Simpson is looking for a clinical performance from the Rockhampton Leagues Club Capras under-20s in their trial game against the Mackay Cutters this weekend.
The team had its first hit-out against Gladstone Valleys at Browne Park on Saturday, grinding out a dour 18-16 victory.
Simpson said it was a tough test for his players and while the effort was there, the execution at times was lacking.
"Everything we did was right but we just couldn't hold onto the ball. We completed at less than 40% of our sets,” he said.
"I can only put that down to nerves and a bit of inexperience.
"Now that the nerves are out of the way I think we'll be on the improve.”
Simpson said fullback Cam Major, who kicked the conversion to win the game, and lock Caleb Tull put in impressive performances.
The Capras will play in the newly introduced FOGS U20 Cup competition, which is aligned with the Intrust Super Cup.
Simpson said it was a learning curve for his players who are new to the semi-professional level of sport but he's expecting big things from a squad that is brimming with "raw but great talent”.
"It's just a matter of harnessing that and progressing it,” he said.
The FOGS U20 Cup kicks off in the first weekend in March but the Capras have a bye in the first round.
They will open their campaign with a home game against the Redcliffe Dolphins on Saturday, February 11.
HOW THE TEAM LINED UP
1. Cameron Oakley, 2. Darren Hodges, 3. Jayden Alberts, 4. Dajah Pulevekah, 5. Martin Crough, 6. Isiah Sullivan, 7. Kalem Pacey, 8. Riley Reid, 9. Brodie Smith, 10. Josh Irwin, 11. Chalice Atoi, 12. Braidon Mayes, 13. Caleb Tull. David Hill, Dosia Waria, Dwayne Parsons, Jacob Jones, Lawson Storey, Nick Brose, Robert Lammamour, Tycer Odell, Zac Nugent