Young Capras miss chances
THE Young Capras had a disappointing weekend against Townsville Stingers in both the Cyril Connell and Mel Meninga Cup matches at Browne Park.
Steve Parle, coach of the under-16 team, said the match was one his team should have won.
"We made too many mistakes. It was like saying: 'Come at us'," he said. Late in the match the Capras were still in the contest when down by 26-24 but the Stingers got away again to record a 32-24 victory.
"It was an important game for us as we only got one point against Sunshine Coast (18-18 draw)," he said.
While the result was not what the experienced Parle wanted, he said there were some stand-out performances from team members.
The coach singled out front-rower Wade Fickling, lock Kieran Duffin and centre Charlie Mayne for special praise while Sam Smith was another Parle said could hold his head high.
"For us it was a game of missed opportunities," he said. "However, Townsville was a step up in class (in opposition)."
It was a similar story from coach Aaron Earnshaw as his team went down 40-22 in the Mel Meninga Cup at Browne Park.
"It was not us losing, we should have given a whole lot more than what we did," he said.
"Our preparation was good but we went in with a relaxed mindset and got caught out.
"This is a very good team and capable of much more."
Earnshaw said despite not playing at their best the Capras were still in the game until the final stages.
"When we decided to play for 20 minutes just after halftime we matched them," he said.
However, the fightback was brought to an abrupt halt when the Capras conceded a very soft try near the fulltime siren.
Earnshaw picked out brothers Dan and Hayden Collins for their efforts in the front row while centre Kalani Anau was also impressive.
Both Young Capras teams are in action on Saturday against Mackay at Gladstone as curtain-raisers to the Capras Queensland Cup game with Souths Logan.
Mal Meninga Cup
North West Conference
Townsville Stingers 40 (Dan Clarke 2, Gary Bradtke, Val Holmes, Corey Jensen, Tom McLellen, Jack Kelleher tries; Corey Jensen 6 goals) def CQ Capras 22 (Hayden Buckman, Cameron Munster, Hayden Collins, Zach Mulholland tries; Cameron Munster 3 goals).
Cyril Connell Cup
North Western Conference
Townsville Stingers 32 (Jesse Pomare-Anderson, Viliami Uhatafe, Adam Bugeja, Cameron Griffith, Regan Grieve, Henco Oosthuizan tries; Cameron Griffith 4 goals) def CQ Capras 24 (Charlie Mayne, Matthew Reece, Jonathan Still, Wade Fickling, Brady Mayne tries; Sheldon Bobbert 2 goals).