Feast of football as Capras take on Moranbah Miners tomorrow
RUGBY LEAGUE: There will be a feast of football when the Central Queensland Capras head north to take on the Moranbah Miners in the club's final preseason trial tomorrow .
Ahead of the main feature, the Villa Capri Capras Under-21s side will play the Moranbah Reserve Grade in the rugby league-mad town.
Capras' head coach Jason Hetherington will use the trial to see his squad in action once more against a quality side before choosing an 18-man squad to go up against the Sunshine Coast Sea Eagles at the Sunshine Coast in the Intrust Super Cup March 16 season opener.
"The Moranbah side will be tough...a lot of the Mackay guys are there working and playing for the Miners," Hetherington said.
"They've also got Jaimin Lowe playing for them - he was part of the Melbourne Storm side who played in last year's NRL grand final and he will still have a bit of football in him after retiring and returning home."
After last weekend's trial at Browne Park against a young Brisbane Broncos side which the Capras lost 20-26, the side had been working hard at training in areas they need to improve on.
"Looking at the tape of last week we certainly created a lot of opportunities but we didn't capitalise or execute them all of the time. I'm very happy with what we are doing...we're starting to get there, we just need to look at executing it well," the coach said.
Hetherington selected a similar squad to the one that played last weekend, but James Nightingale will come in for forward Johnny Clayton, who strained his groin and will be out for up to six weeks.
"It's a similar line up to last week but there are still a few spots up in the air. This is our last trial effectively before naming the first top 18 but we still have two weeks after this weekend to prepare for the opener," he said.
This match in Moranbah was more than a trial for Hetherington, who thought the regional games would work for the club.
"These games give the club the opportunity to promote our brand in regional Central Queensland and playing games at home is always an advantage over playing games away. Not only are they great for the Capras they are great for the community's we take them to like Moranbah. It gives local rugby league a big boost. I am really looking forward to it," he said.
The Villa Capri CQ Capras Under-21s play Moranbah Reserve Grade tomorrow at 5.30pm, before the Instrust Super Cup CQ Capras kick off against Moranbah Miners at 7.30pm. Both games will be staged at Moranbah Rugby League Grounds.
Capras: 1 Cameron Munster, 2 Tevita Jurgensen, 3 Russell Webber, 4 Joshua Benjamin, 5 Tyson White, 6 Marc Webb, 7 Gavin Duffy, 8 Reggie Saunders, 9 Jonathon Tavinor, 10 Rhys Chapman, 11 Daniel Bertucci, 12 Sione Tongia, 13 Gavin Hiscox, 14 Darcy Etrich, 15 Blake Wallace, 16 Ian Webster, 17 James Nightingale, 18 Alan Rothery, 19 Brent Williams, 20 Jackson McEwan, 21 Arlin Paki, 22 Ben Faulkner.
Villa Capri CQ Capras Under-21s: 1 Jeff Russell, 2 Hayden Buckman, 3 David Munn, 4 Sterling Boardhurst, 5 Jaron Goodman, 6 Ben Breckon, 7 Jacob Langdon, 8 Sam Kitchin, 9 Luke Guinane, 10 Nathan Young, 11 Fletcher Jarrett, 12 Alex Choyce, 13 Kieren Pratt, 14 Brendan Grulke, 15 Kurt Newman, 16 Jordan Milburn, 17 Mitchell Ireland, 18 Glynn Delley, 21 Jamie Cairney.