Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Capras Take Scalp of ISC Champions; Coach Praises His Team's Tough Win over ISC Premiers

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Capras Take Scalp of ISC Champions; Coach Praises His Team's Tough Win over ISC Premiers

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Byline: Pam McKay pam.mckay@capnews.com.au

SOME Reece Baker brilliance and Matt Minto magic has inspired the CQ Capras to a nine-point win over the Intrust Super Cup premiers, the Ipswich Jets.

There were euphoric scenes at Rockhampton's Browne Park on Saturday night as the home team sealed a momentous 23-14 victory.

The excitement was palpable as the players embraced on the field and the crowd stood as one and launched into the CQ Capras chant.

The win, the team's second from its opening three matches, has the Capras in third place on the ISC ladder.

Jubilant coach Kim Williams said he was in awe of the team's performance, which saw the Capras shut down the dangerous and unorthodox attacking game of the Jets.

He said the victory demonstrated the players' character, their work ethic and their willingness to work for each other.

"I'm just really proud of the boys and the way they keep showing up," Williams said.

"This win is important in giving the boys the belief that they can match it with these top sides.

"The defensive effort... that was probably the key factor in our win."

And that was personified perfectly by fullback Baker who, in scenes reminiscent of Penrith Scott Sattler's brilliant try-saving tackle in the 2003 grand final, mowed down a flying Marmin Barba to stop a certain Jets try with just 15 minutes left on the clock with the teams locked at 14-all.

The tackle, which saw Barba bundled into touch just metres from the Capras line, brought the crowd alive.

Williams said it was the turning point in the game and could well prove to be a defining play of the Capras' season.

Baker, who was the player of the match, was safe as houses at the back and equally good in attack.

He bulldozed his way over the tryline, carrying a defender with him, to score the Capras' second try in the 22nd minute of the game. …

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