Wind not the only thing blowing in CQ on the weekend

IN the end the score blew out, as the CQ Capras thumped the Moranbah Miners 62-10 in Moranbah on Saturday in their second pre-season trial game.

But it wasn't the score which interested Capras coach Kim Williams.

It was the manner in which it was made.

And overall the Capras mentor was "pretty pleased".

"That was pretty good," Williams confirmed.

"I am reasonably happy with our performance. In particular, our ball control was better and we made far less errors."

But another slow start by the Capras has given the coach something to work on.

"Yes, it was another slow start," Williams conceded.

"I thought our forwards lacked aggression early on and that is something we really need to focus on.

"Certainly as the game went on we got better and in the end the score blew out as the Moranbah boys tired badly. But we will not be able to ease our way into matches in the ISC, that's for sure."

Again, new recruit Michael Ki was outstanding up front, the big Kiwi prop voted players' player for the second consecutive week, while Williams singled out locks Samson Graham and Aleki Falepani as also playing well.

Falepani played the first two quarters before being replaced by Graham for the last two.

And veteran Ian Webster also had a strong game.

"Ian played half back in the first quarter, then had a spell before playing the last two at hooker," Williams said.

"And he was very good at hooker for us. That's when he was at his best for us."

Williams said the four-quarter format didn't really test the players' fitness too much in what he described as "ideal conditions, not too hot."

But that will change in next week's third and penultimate trial at home at Browne Park in two 40-minute halves of rugby league.

There was one injury, sustained by trial player Dylan Webber who dislocated his shoulder when landing in a tackle after a strong carry. He is expected to be out for four to six weeks.

"That's disappointing for him," Williams said.

"Because he had a couple of good hit-ups. He was going all right."



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