Sunshine Coast Falcons vs Central Queensland Capras

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Recap

RESULT

SUNSHINE COAST FALCONS 38
Tries: Sam Wright (1m), Joe Stimson (17m), Guy Hamilton (25m), Whetu Austin (39m), Tui Kamikamika (69m), Alex Bishop (72m), Guy Hamilton (76m)
Goals: Guy Hamilton 5 Conv

CENTRAL CAPRAS 14
Tries: Krys Freeman (7m), Tony Tumusa (41m), Maipele Morseau (47m)
Goals: Tony Tumusa 1 Conv

PREVIEW

By Dan White

The Sunshine Coast head into this clash after comfortably downing the PNG Hunters. The Capras head south after a string of home games that did not end with a win. It will be a tough challenge for the visitors, but they will be ready for it.

Last Time Out:

The SC Falcons are benefitting from their association with the Melbourne Storm. Former Blackhawk Jahrome Hughes has been a major upgrade at fullback and a number of players would normally be on a number of clubs’ radars, if they were not already committed to the Storm. The faced up to one of the hardest competitors in the ISC and downed the Hunters convincingly. They led at all times, and the six try to three defeat showed that they could limit one of the more dangerous attacks quite comfortably.

The Capras were beaten at home by an improving Mackay Cutters. Going down to his former side, Kim Williams must look for the positives in this loss and that can be based around Justin Tavae and Reece Baker. Alongside consistent conversions from Tony Tumusa, some of the building blocks are there, now they need to start beating the teams above them to prove they do not belong towards the bottom of the standings.

Who to look out for:

Battle of the Fullbacks? Both are good but Jahrome Hughes is a step above the very good Tony Tumusa. Alex Bishop against the Capras Reece Baker, again a good contest, but the sum of parts for the the Falcons currently benefit from a better engine room. The players to watch in this matchup are the locks. The Capras co-Captain, Gavin Hiscox, will be up against Lachlan Timm. Timm was a Storm NYC player and earmarked for more as he develops. This will be a real test for Timm, facing down not only a skilled and talented player in Hiscox but also one of the leaders. The game will be played at him a lot, especially if I was Mr Hiscox.

How they will win:

The Capras will need to play well above themselves if they are to mount a serious challenge and this is why it is a danger game for the Falcons. Too many times, teams have taken care of business against stronger foes, only to come in to the game, poorly prepared or with an attitude of the game is already in the books. I doubt the Falcons will let this happen, but it is the Capras best chance.

For the Falcons to take the points, they need to continue with the gameplan that worked well last weekend. They will be fielding the stronger side and should be able to make short work of the Capras. It is never nice to be so blunt about the difference in standard of the two teams, but last weekend showed that the SC Falcons will be a strong force in this competition this season and will be most vulnerable around Origin time. Unfortunately for the Capras, that is still weeks away.

Prediction:

The gentle reader may believe that this writer is going to favour the Falcons in this contest. They are correct, it will be a moral victory for the Capras if they can get more than 20 points on the board and restrict the Falcons to less than forty. SC Falcons by 14+.

TEAMS

Sunshine Coast Falcons

1. Jahrome Hughes 2. Matthew Soper-Lawler 3. Eddie Tautali 4. Justin Olam 5. Samuel Wright 6. Alex Bishop (c) 7. Guy Hamilton 19. Liam McDonald 9. Brandon Smith 10. Vincent Leuluai 22. Jye Ballinger 12. Jon Grieve 13. Lachlan Timm 14. Sean Yorston 15. Harrison Muller 16. Christian Morris 18. Martin Cordwell

Coach: Craig Ingebrigtsen

CQ Capras

1. Tony Tumusa 2. Ken Tofilau 3. Samuel Smith 4. Junior Kirisome 5. Justin Tavae 6. Reece Baker 7. Jack Madden 8. Matthew Groat 9. Krys Freeman 10. Oliver Percy 11. William Cullen 12. Guy Williams (c) 13. Gavin Hiscox (c) 14. Maipele Morseau 15. Aleki Falepaini 16. Jack Kavanagh 17. Phill Nati 18. Ayden Cooper 19. Vic Halfpenny 21. Chanel Seigafo

Coach: Kim Williams

Results

TeamTriesConversionsFGPointsOutcome
SCF75038Win
CQC31014Loss

SCF

Position T G P DG

CQC

Position T G P DG
T
0
0
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0
0
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0
0
DG
0
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Venue

Sunshine Coast Stadium
31 Sportsmans Parade, Bokarina QLD 4575, Australia