Learning to stop making mistakes
SPIRITS are still high in the CQ Capras camp as the reality of life in the Intrust Super Cup kicks in.
A win and two heavy defeats could destroy team confidence but coach John Harbin is happy with the response of the players in training.
"They have been excellent in training and now they have to transfer it onto the playing field," he said, "We knew at the start of the season it wasn't going to be easy."
It's an old rugby league adage about playing for the full 80 minutes but never the less it is true as too many lapses in concentration are adding to an already high error count.
Last weekend against Souths Logan the Capras had two spells where they played with high intensity and that was at the start of both halves.
Unfortunately this is insufficient at any level but for players stepping up from local football to a state competition it can be expected.
The major test for the Capras will be round two of the competition when individuals and the team make an assessment of whether improvements have been made.
This Sunday the Capras meet the Ipswich Jets at Browne Park in a game that, on paper, the local team should be competitive.
So far this season Ipswich is winless but Harbin warns, as he did last week for the Souths Logan game, that the league position is false.
"They have played some of the top teams," the coach said. "They are the biggest and most physical team in the league."
Harbin said yesterday he was yet to watch the tape on the last Ipswich game but picked out former Bronco and Rockhampton star Ian Lacey as the player who makes them tick.
"He is the type of player I would like to bring back here," he said.
While not having watched Ipswich, Harbin said he and the players had viewed footage of the Capras match against the Magpies at Gladstone last weekend.
"They (the players) couldn't believe how many errors they made," he said.
"Some of the sets should have finished on their try line but ended up on ours.
"We made 360 tackles in the game."
That is an energy-sapping statistic and therefore it is of little wonder Souths were able to pile on points near the end of the match.
However the game with Souths is now history and the problem now facing the Capras squad is naming a team to face Ipswich.
The biggest problem for Harbin is at centre where Brent Williams filled in last week.
Williams is an excellent back-rower but didn't look happy against his opposite number or facing the Logan winger when he cut in. Dan Randall is still in doubt and so Harbin may have to look at further positional changes.
Wingers Russell Webber and Mal Darkin come into consideration for starting spots after injury and illness respectively.
Unfortunately Caleb Littleboy has now succumbed to illness and his position in the squad is bracketed with Josh Tanner.
Also added to the team list is Brothers young star Cooper Nobbs.
The CQ Capras squad to meet Ipswich Jets at Browne Park on Sunday:-
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, Caleb Littleboy (Josh Tanner), Cooper Nobbs, John Clayton, Casey Bromilow, Tyron Cranston, Dan Randall, Russell Webber, Mal Darkin
Coach: John Harbin.