CENTRAL CAPRAS 10
Tries: Ken Tofilau (5m), Justin Tavae (18m)
Goals: Cody Grills 1/2 Conv
NORTHERN PRIDE 4
Tries: Marcus Jensen (12m)
By Daniel White
The Capras were unlucky to leave Townsville with only a point whilst the Pride were well beaten by the Magpies. With the sides three and two wins out of the finals, how will they get the victory?
Last time out:
The Capras were the better side for most of the game, with only short lapses that were exploited and a final conversion that was an amazing conversion from the sideline. Some games you are destined just not to win. The Capras had pounced on the Blackhawks errors, but they need to keep their eyes on the prize for the entire match, or this will happen again.
Sometimes a draw can be seen as a loss, how the Capras bounce back will be interesting.
The Pride did score five tries in their loss to the Magpies. But two of those were when the game was over. With 42 points on the board, the Magpies were already up in the bar looking at their first celebration coldie. So, they need to work on their defence (sad that so many sides seem to require this, this far into the season, but they were not far off in the numbers.
Who to look out for:
The Capras look to have shuffled there back three of the scrum. It will be interesting to see how Guy Williams goes against Patrick Mago. Both had similar minutes last game, although Williams was in off the bench. Similar production for time on the field and both locks named play behind 80 minute players. How they are matched during the game will determine if the gaps will open up and how they will make best use of them.
The Lock position has become the impact player location, and both of these men have that ability in spades.
How they will win it:
If the Capras stick to their level of gameplay from their display last week, then they should be able to win this. At home, even more so. A higher level of defensive focus at the play the ball and not letting the Pride get a roll on will be key areas they need to address.
The Pride have been the hardest to predict side this season. A number of games that they should have been in with a chance, they have gone missing. Their win against the Devils was unexpected and shows that on their day, they are a very competitive team. On a dry track, they may very well cause the upset.
The Capras went down in heartbreaking fashion and how a team responds is always unpredictable. But they are at home and, based on last weekends performance, be the better side than the Pride. Not writing the Pride off in this game, but if it was coming down to this for the rent, I would be placing the bet on the Capras. Capras by 4.
1. Maipele Morseau 2. Ken Tofilau 3. Justin Tavae 4. Nathan Bassani 5. Chanel Seigafo 6. Reece Baker 7. Jack Madden 8. Matthew Groat 9. Krys Freeman 10. Oliver Percy 11. Marco Delapena 15. William Cullen 13. Gavin Hiscox (c) 12. Guy Williams (c) 16. Jack Kavanagh 17. Phill Nati 18. Ayden Cooper 19. Cody Grills 20. Liam Pickersgill
Coach: Kim Williams
1. Khan Ahwang 2. Matthew Musumeci 3. Javid Bowen 4. Justin Castellaro 5. Marcus Jensen 6. Jordan Biondi-Odo 7. Ryan Ghietti (c) 8. Darryn Schonig 9. Colin Wilkie 10. William Bugden 11. Tom Hancock 12. Graham Clark 13. Patrick Mago 14. Connor Jones 15. Troy Kapea 16. Jack Brock 17. Aidan Day 18. Keelan White 19. Sheldon Powe-Hobbs 20. Bradley Stephen 21. Jared Allen
Coach: Ty Williams
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