Two Capras' players cited for shoulder charges
RUGBY LEAGUE: The Rockhampton Leagues Club Capras will fight a shoulder charge levelled at winger Chanel Seigafo.
Seigafo and Nathan Bassani were both cited for shoulder charges in the Capras 34-22 win over Wynnum Manly Seagulls last weekend.
Coach Kim Williams said that while Bassani would likely take a guilty plea, meaning he misses a week, the club would challenge Seigafo's charge.
"At this stage we're going to fight that charge and we'd be reasonably confident he'll get off,” he said. "You do take a chance but we think that one's worth the gamble.”
Williams was clearly disappointed for Bassani, who he said was outstanding on debut against Wynnum and would have been a certainty to start this week.
The absence of one or both players means Sam Smith, Junior Kirisome and Tony Tumusa come into contention for this Saturday's game against the fourth-placed Easts Tigers.
Williams hinted that while not named in the squad, Ayden Cooper was also a good chance of coming back into the top 17.
The win against Wynnum halted a three-game losing streak and the coach attributed the team's form shift to one thing - attitude.
"Last week we dropped a few players and put a few on notice specifically for that reason - to get a bit of energy and spark, a bit more desire among the guys who were already there,” he said.
"I think a few too many guys are getting comfortable thinking they were just a walk-up start each week and the performances showed that. We lacked energy and urgency at times and we haven't played a team that we thought we couldn't beat on our best day so it's not a skill level, it's not a knowledge thing, it's just attitude.
"You could tell during the week last week we were going to have a really good performance.
"Attitude is such a strong thing and when you get it right we can pretty well achieve anything and it was by far our best performance on the back of that.”
Williams will be looking for a repeat performance against Easts, who are sure to be smarting after a heavy loss to the Mackay Cutters last week.
"They got a bit of a touch-up at the weekend in Mackay and that won't sit well with them so I expect that to spark a much better performance from them.
"We expect them to be a lot better than they were last week too... a tough one but not beyond us at all.
"They're pretty strong all across the paddock. They've beaten some of the best teams... so we know they're a very strong opposition.
"We won't really be focusing on any one individual there, they've got too many good ones to focus on just one.”
Maipele Morseu, Marco de la Pena, Ken Tofilau, Jack Madden, Justin Tavae, Gavin Hiscox, Guy Williams, Nathan Bassani, Chanel Seagafo, Krys Freeman, Phil Nati, Reece Baker, Matt Groat, Jack Kavanagh, Oliver Percy, Bill Cullen, Liam Pickersgill, Vic Halfpenny