Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)


Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)


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Byline: Pam McKay

RUGBY LEAGUE: Coach Kim Williams hinted that changes will be made to the bench in the wake of the Rockhampton Leagues Club Capras' 21-point loss to the Redcliffe Dolphins on Saturday.

Despite a slow start to the game, which resulted in an early eight-point lead to the visitors, the Capras did enough to stay within reach of the visitors.

And just as they did last week against the PNG Hunters in their opening game, they looked set to stage a stunning second-half revival when dynamic winger Ken Tofilau crossed for two tries in the space of three minutes.

Unfortunately, the home side could not maintain the momentum and the Dolphins ran in three more tries to wrap up the game 41-20.

Despite the scoreline, there were good signs such as the attacking flair of the Capras' left-hand edge led by Tofilau who combined well with fullback Tony Tumusa, who also bagged two four-pointers.

Tofilau is fast firming as a fabulous finisher, his double on Saturday coming on the back of last weekend's hat-trick against PNG.

Hooker Krys Freeman again produced another gutsy performance, working tirelessly in both attack and defence, while Aleki Falepaini was busy at five-eighth, trying to conjure up some attacking magic.

Williams was understandably disappointed with the final result, especially given the way the side worked its way back into the game.

"We completed our first nine sets in the second half and we're back in the game and then the one error and we let in a try and it snowballed from there," he said.

"The last 20 minutes we were our own worst enemy again and it's disappointing to concede that many points, for sure," he said post-match.

"Forty points is bordering on embarrassing and the boys certainly aren't happy about it."

Errors proved costly for the Capras but concerning for the coach was his players' inability to get past them.

"That was our talking point in the shed - just being able to move on from errors and not snowball and make it worse and worse," he said

"That's a mental thing; players get down on themselves and don't get to the next job or move on quick enough and it hurts us."

Williams said the bench failed to make a big enough impact on Saturday and there could well be changes made for the game against defending champions, the Burleigh Bears, this weekend. …

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