A high scoring match in Mackay between the Cutters and the Capras saw 11 tries and 10 different try scorers and a 38-20 win for the Cutters which sees them still a mathematical chance for finals, although unlikely.
The Cutters were in control for most of the game having established a 10-0 lead by the 10th minute. The Capras chipped away at Mackay’s lead but everytime they scored the Cutters put on another, or even two tries in response.
Mackay held a 22-10 advantage at the break, and the two teams continued to trade tries in the second half, but the Cutters always seemed to have upper hand. Jack Joass, the only multiple try scorer notched up 18 points for the Cutters.
Mackay can still make the finals, whilst Central are hovering just the one point above the bottom two sides.
MACKAY CUTTERS 38
Tries: Andrew Davey (4m), Braden Uele (10m), Yamba Bowie (20m), Johnny Faletagoa’i (34m), Aaron Booth (54m), Jack Joass (65m), Nathan Saumalu (79m)
Goals: Jack Joass 5/7 Conv
CENTRAL CAPRAS 20
Tries: Tony Tumusa (12m), Nathan Bassani (38m), Maipele Morseau (61m), Oliver Percy (76m)
Goals: Tony Tumusa 2/4 Conv
Mackay Cutters probably lost their chance to play finals football last weekend when they went down to the Tigers in Brisbane, but the five point gap is not a ridiculous mountain to climb, but to do so will need to beat their rival Central Queensland side the Capras.
The Cutters were on a good run before last weekend, and the 34-0 loss to Easts will have taken the wind out of their sails, but they have a great record against the teams lower than them and should inflict more pain on the Rockhampton based Capras this weekend.
Central Capras haven’t been too far away in a lot of games this season, but still find themselves just one point above last spot. The Capras have had some good results from home in 2017, a draw against Townsville being a highlight, and this will be their shortest road trip of the year at just over 300 kilometres.
Previous 2017 Result – Central Capras 22 Mackay Cutters 38
1. Jack Joass 2. Yamba Bowie 3. Semisi Tyrell 4. Kellen Jenner 5. Johnny Faletagoa’i 6. Nicho Hynes 7. Cooper Bambling 8. Braden Uele 9. Aaron Booth 10. Nicholas Brown 11. Andrew Davey 12. Setaimata Sa 13. Thomas Murphy 14. Lona Kaifoto 15. Bennett Leslie 16. Kouma Samson 17. Leonati Feiloakitau-Fetuani 18. Nathan Saumalu 19. Blake Atherton
Coach: Steve Sheppard
1. Tony Tumusa 2. Ken Tofilau 3. Junior Kirisome 4. Nathan Bassani 5. Chanel Seigafo 6. Reece Baker 7. Jack Madden 8. Jack Kavanagh 9. Krys Freeman 10. Oliver Percy 11. Vic Halfpenny 12. Guy Williams (c) 13. Gavin Hiscox (c) 14. Maipele Morseau 15. John Filipo 16. Liam Pickersgill 18. Billy Gilbert 19. Nathan Young 20. Phill Nati
Coach: Kim Williams
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