Capras Krys Freeman was named man of the match.
Capras Krys Freeman was named man of the match. Allan Reinikka ROK130517acapras6

Video ref's call costs Capras the win in Townsville

RUGBY LEAGUE: A controversial video referee's decision has cost the Rockhampton Leagues Club Capras a much-deserved win against the Townsville Blackhawks.

The on-field referee ruled "no try” when Blackhawks' winger Jonathan Reuben dived over in the left-hand corner in the 79th minute, with the ball appearing to have touched the sideline.

But the video referee overruled the on-field decision, awarding the try which was then converted from the sideline by Carlin Anderson to level the scores at 26-all.

The Capras, who led at 6-4 at half-time, had to show some real grit when the Blackhawks ran in three quick-fire tries early in the second half to race away to a 20-6 lead.

They responded in kind, scoring four tries in the space of 17 minutes - which included a four-pointer to debutant Sam Lollo and a double to Maipele Morseu - to wrestle back the lead.

The Capras looked to have the game sewn up until the Blachkawks launched an attacking raid with just minutes left on the block.

They were awarded a penalty with just over a minute on the block and they spread the ball wide to Reuben, who crashed over for the controversial try, his fourth of the game.

Hard-working Capras hooker Krys Freeman was named co-man of the match and applauded his team's defensive effort, particularly in the first half.

"We've leaked a lot of points in the first half this season so it was good to turn a bit of a page today but unlucky we didn't come away with the points,” he told Channel Nine post match.



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