Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

In-Form Capras Outplay Pride; Forwards Give CQ Side Momentum

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

In-Form Capras Outplay Pride; Forwards Give CQ Side Momentum

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RUGBY LEAGUE: Could the CQ Capras carry on from where they left off against the Ipswich Jets last Sunday was the big question going into this game and after 80 minutes of football the answer was a resounding C[pounds sterling]yesC[yen].

For many who have watched the local team over the years Thursday night's performance at Browne Park was a revelation as the Capras matched and then outplayed Northern Pride to win 28-18 against a line-up that had a large core of players with NRL experience.

The hard part is deciding where to start when dishing out the plaudits as there was barely a weakness.

In the forwards Tim Glasby and Alan Rothery were prominent, each putting in lots of minutes and giving the Capras plenty of momentum going forward.

That is no disrespect to the other forwards as each one of them was prepared to do their share of the hard yards.

After five games the Capras were able to field their first choice combination in the halves with Gavin Duffy returning from injury.

Duffy played a leadership role, moving team-mates around the park, setting up the backline for penetrating runs and turning the Pride around with his astute kicking game.

Then there was Cheyenne Motu who was just tremendous.

Time after time Motu was able to mesmerise the Pride's defence, teasing them by holding the ball in front of him as he ran at the defensive line and then playing little dummies that confused players, leaving holes to run through.

Going into the match there had been a lot of talk about Pride having former State of Origin full back Ty Williams in the Pride line-up.

However on the night there was only one full back that impressed and that was Reece Baker as he linked up well in attack, running Pride ragged around the edges, and was again solid in defence.

In all it was a great all round display.

Pride had an obvious game plan of trying to expose the Capras' inexperience on the right wing with bombs aimed into the corner. …

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