Capras player Tim Glasby in trial game against the CQ invitational side at Browne Park.
Capras player Tim Glasby in trial game against the CQ invitational side at Browne Park. Chris Ison

Baker bags a triple treat

REECE Baker hardly needs to put his hand up to tell coach John Harbin he's ready for the Intrust Super Cup season, but he did anyway.

The CQ Capras fullback put in a stunning display against a willing CQ Invitation side at Browne Park on Saturday scoring a hat-trick of tries, making a number of electrifying breaks and pulling off a try- saving tackle.

The Capras won the match by 38-22, a scoreline that does little credit to an opposition that was within touching distance of the Capras all night.

By half-time it was obvious the game would not provide the Capras with a runaway victory, as the two sides were locked at 10-10 and midway through the second spell at 22-22, before new recruit Josh Tanner sent a little grubber into the Invitation team's in-goal which Baker got to first to make it 26-22.

With just over three minutes left, Baker's pace set up another try as he took the ball close to the Invitation team's line.

From the play-the-ball Sailasa Vatabua was found running the angle at pace to score. Halfback Kayan Davis sealed the win in the dying moments.

Davis produced another lively run before feeding Dave McLellan who dived over for the four-pointer.

Ryan Wilson converted the tries of Vatabua and McLellan to give the Capras a healthy margin of victory.

While it was far from a convincing display from the Capras, it did serve its purpose.

Players in both teams showed they can lift their game while others like Dave McLellan again was the workhorse of the side.

Apart from his late try, McLellan hoisted the Capras ahead after 13 minutes with a powerful run and great off-load to send Daniel Pickering over in the corner.

Gavin Hiscox, playing in his first trial of the season, did not look out of place while Josh Tanner is another capable of doing a job for the Capras.

While Alan Rothery enjoyed more minutes, he let himself down by talking his way into the sin-bin during the second half and that could have proved costly for his side as the Invitation side got on a roll while they had superior numbers.

For the Invitation team, Anthony Raymond showed he has the pace to trouble any defence while Sione Tonga would not look out of place in a Capras jersey.

Woorabinda product Jack Bond had a solid game at five-eighth but overall the side's performance belied the fact they had only trained together once.

Next weekend coach Harbin will have the players in camp at Yeppoon in a two-day training camp as they prepare for the season opener at Browne Park on March 11.

 

MATCH STATS

Capras 38 (Daniel Pickering, Reece Baker 3, Sam Pierce, Sailasa Vatabua, Dave McLellan tries Ryan Wilson 5 goals) def CQ Invitation Team 22 (Anthony Raymond 2, Sione Tonga, Manz Ronga tries Yoren Major, Jack Bond 2 goals)



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