By Liam Emerton
With the announcement of the big game this Saturday, there’s one team that will benefit enormously from the heightened crowd.
The Rockhampton League’s Club Central Queensland Capras are set to play after the NRL match between St George Dragons and South Sydney Rabbitohs on Saturday.
The Capras had a tough outing early against the Redcliffe Dolphins but a very late left-side ambush by our local Intrust Super Cup side almost drew them back into the match.
Three tries down the left touchline at Rugby Park drew the team within six points, but after a dropped ball at the death the Capras ultimately fell 30-24.
Nixon Putt, Caleb Tull and Bailey Butler were standouts in the match and will need to play with the same intensity this weekend.
There’s hope the majority of a sell out crowd for the match before will stay to watch the Capras take on the Tweed Seagulls.
The sides clashed back in round one in Tugun where the Seagulls earned a gruelling 28-18 win over the local side.
But this weekend’s match at Browne Park will be a different kettle of fish with a potentially huge crowd backing the local boys home.
Central Queensland Capras head coach Guy Williams said his players will be rising for the massive event.
“It’s a big occasion for Rockhampton but it will also be a big occasion for our players to play after the NRL match,” he said.
“I’m hoping plenty of people stick around and stay for the Capras game.
“Tweed Heads are going really well at the moment, so it’ll be another tough ask for us next weekend.
“We will take plenty out of the game [against Redcliffe] and one of those things is just our fundamental errors, things that you can fix up nice and easily. So there’s plenty of things to work on from Saturday’s performance.”
CQ Capras CEO Peter White said he was really pleased to have the NRL match hosted at Browne Park, especially with two prominent Central Queensland figures coming back to Rockhampton.
“It’s fantastic whenever CQ boys come home. Not just Ben Hunt but Hook (Anthony Griffin) as well,” he said.
“It’s a great occasion and I’m sure their family and of course the community loves seeing those guys come back and do their thing in front of their home crowd.
“Everyone is going to love the occasion and really soak it up.”
Speaking on the Dragons, White said the team will be ready for the match especially against a top side like the Rabbits.
“Knowing Hook as I do, he’s going to get them up for the challenge, the fact that it is in his home ground in front of his home crowd, he will have the boys up for sure.
“They’ll be underdogs but they’ll have a red hot crack at it for sure.”