MACKAY CUTTERS 38
Tries: Nathan Maumalu (13m), Johnny Faletagoa’i (25m), Setaimata Sa (28m), Andrew Davey (34m), Andrew Davey (55m), Nathan Maumalu (57m), Nathan Maumalu (70m), Braden Uele (78m)
Goals: Nick Hynes 2 Conv, 1 Pen
CENTRAL CAPRAS 22
Tries: Justin Tavae (8m), Reece Baker (44m), William Cullen (50m), Justin Tavae (64m)
Goals: Tony Tumusa 3 Conv
By Dan White
Both sides enter the park after being given lessons the previous weekend. Which side will bounce back, which side will lift and how will the field be after the rains of the previous weeks?
Last Time Out:
The Capras head home after being soundly beaten by the surprise packet of 2017 the Devils. The Capras were restricted to just two tries whilst the Devils piled on seven. They will need to fix the holes as these tries came from all parts of the park. Left wing/ Fullback Tony Tumusa scored all twelve points and is suitably rewarded with a spot on the bench.
The Cutters had hosted the PNG Hunters and they were also taught a football lesson. A six try to three loss was not the way they wanted to lift the spirits of those flooded by Debbie but they had had a very hard week and could be excused for their performance. However, they did let tries in from all parts of the attacking line and will need to also improve their defensive efforts if they are to head home with the points.
Who to Watch:
Important battle between the Five-Eighths in this clash. Nicholas Hynes was a valuable source of the points scored by the Cutters and he will be working hard to get them on the board. That will be challenged by Reece Baker who is also a strong contributor and key component for the Capras when they are in scoring mode.
How They Will Win It:
Both sides need to reduce the errors, both sides need to step it up in defence and both sides will need to get the combinations working when it gets close to the line. For the Capras to get it done will need them to get their backline working hard of the ball coming from Baker and Madden. The Cutters will need more out of their forwards, but they are probably still feeling last week’s contacts.
A close game is expected and it would not surprise me greatly if the Cutters can return the favour from last season when the Capras took the points in the opening round and doomed the Cutters to a very mediocre year. But the Capras are at home and are more than capable of a win. With the home field advantage, I will lean towards the Capras, but it should be close.
Capras by 4.
1. Maipele Morseau 2. Ken Tofilau 3. Justin Tavae 4. Junior Kirisome 5. Chanel Seigafo 6. Reece Baker 7. Jack Madden 8. Matthew Groat 9. Krys Freeman 10. Oliver Percy 11. Ayden Cooper 12. Guy Williams (c) 13. Gavin Hiscox (c) 14. Tony Tumusa 15. Aleki Falepaini 16. Jack Kavanagh 17. William Cullen 18. Phill Nati 19. Samuel Smith 20. Vic Halfpenny
Coach: Kim Williams
1. Jack Joass 2. Yamba Bowie 3. Setaimata Sa (c) 4. Jordan Pereira 5. Nathan Saumalu 6. Nicholas Hynes 7. Cooper Bambling 8. Braden Uele 9. Aaron Booth 10. Nicholas Brown 11. Andrew Davey (c) 12. Shane Wright 13. Lona Kaifoto 14. Jake Eden 15. Jacob Pottinger 16. Kouma Samson 17. Gareth Moore 18. Johnny Faletagoa’i
Coach: Steve Sheppard
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