Cooper Bambling is not a newcomer to the Capras and was scoring tries when he played for them in under-14.
Cooper Bambling is not a newcomer to the Capras and was scoring tries when he played for them in under-14. CHRIS ISON

Young Capras hit top form

MORE than 200 points scored in their past three Cyril Connell Cup matches means the Young Capras under-16 team is headed for this year's competition semi-finals.

At the weekend the team had two cup matches, which were expected to test the Central Queensland players.

It did not happen, with the Capras too strong for the Ipswich Jets, winning 70-24, and then crushing the Toowoomba Clydesdales 58-4.

Little wonder coach Steve Parle was a happy man after two resounding victories, which came on the back of another big win, over Mackay at Gladstone.

"The boys are really in top form," he said.

"Each week they are getting better."

Just as well there is still a little improvement left in the side because the competition is heading towards the final stages, with the Capras set to meet the top-placed team in the South-Eastern Conference in Brisbane on April 21.

First the Capras must face Northern Pride at Browne Park in two weeks but Parle said the result would not matter because the Capras had already booked their place in the semis.

The team might have done well scoring so many points but five-eighth Cooper Bambling can take a big chunk of the credit.

The young playmaker has been in sparkling form in his second year with the team and at the weekend gave the opposition a hammering as he scored 56 points himself.

"He scored more points than most teams," Parle said.

Bambling's total came from five tries and 18 goals.

"It's a bonus when he kicks goals," Parle said.

"He sets up teammates and defends like a front-rower.

"He earned his keep."

While some individuals excelled, Parle was happy with the team performance.

"We are actually playing football," he said.

Lock Kieran Duffin was another to earn praise from the coach, as was front-rower Dean McAdam, while second-rower Jonathan Stoll put in a gutsy display on his return from a break after suffering concussion.

The under-18 Capras were not quite so fortunate in the Mal Meninga Cup, winning well against the Clydesdales but faltering in their match with Ipswich Jets. 



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