Wynnum’s Sean Loxley tries to break clear of the Central Capras defence.
Wynnum’s Sean Loxley tries to break clear of the Central Capras defence. Charles Knight

Capras won't say die

THE OLD rugby league anthem says "I get knocked down and I get up again" and it could not be more appropriate for the CQ Capras.

A massive 84-6 loss can have two widely contrasted responses for the beaten team; one is they throw the towel in and the other is they show determination and learn from the lesson dealt.

Capras coach John Harbin said he is delighted because his players have embraced the latter in the wake of their thrashing at the hands of Wynnum Manly last week.

Although heavily beaten, there has been no panic among the coaching staff with a similar squad named for Saturday night's match against Souths Logan.

Harbin does not rule out positional changes but he has kept faith with the personnel upstaged by Wynnum Manly.

However, injuries have forced two changes with Reece Goldsmith out for an unspecified period with a rib problem while winger Dan Pickering (ankle) is out for two weeks.

Harbin said enthusiasm in the camp remains high.

"We train Monday which was our recovery session," he said. "On Tuesday we were at the ground and worked on weights.

"The boys can't wait to get back onto the footy field."

Saturday's match against Souths Logan is likely to be played on a heavy pitch which means a battle in theforwards.

"I'm quite happy with our forwards," Harbin said.

Harbin believes with players like Alan Rothery, Tim Glasby, Dave McClennan and Ben Faulkner the Capras can match most of the teams upfront in this year's intrust Super Cup.

"Dave (McClennan) has done his apprenticeship and is learning with every game," Harbin said.

"All the boys are learning with every game.

"The boys are not going to walk away, they had to cop it on the chin and move on.

"In the end it (the loss) might be what we need."

Replacing Goldsmith and Pickering are Mal Darkin, Kaleb Littleboy and John Clayton while Casey Bromilow returns to the squad.

Harbin said Littleboy's kicking game could be an important part of the Capras game plan.

"Kaleb has a massive kicking game and that could save us a lot of work," he said.

The players coming in to the squad this week have done it on the back of good performances for their club teams at the weekend.

"Every Capras player who was playing club football was watched," Harbin said.

Saturday night's game at Gladstone is scheduled to kick off 7pm.



The CQ Capras squad:

CQ Capras: Reece Baker, Mitch Zornig, Dan Randall, Sailosi Vatubua, Gavin Hiscox, Jon Tavinor, Tim Glasby, Cheyenne Motu, James Crombie, Brent Williams, Ben Faulkner, Jakk Kavanagh, Alan Rothery, Dave McLellan, Sam Pierce, James Livock, Mal Darkin, Kaleb Littleboy, John Clayton, Casey Bromilow

Coach: John Harbin.

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