CQ slips to gritty Gullies

Lachlan Hubner was very strong from the bench on Saturday.

By Liam Emerton

The Rockhampton Leagues Club Central Queensland Capras have suffered a devastating first home defeat at the hands of the Tweed Seagulls.

In horrible conditions, the Seagulls made the venture to Browne Park in hopes of making strides toward the top four.

And they made an immediate impact when they scored in the opening 11 minutes through Will Brimson.

Lindon McGrady’s cutout ball hit Brimson on the chest and put him into open space where he passed to Sosefo Fifita before the winger returned the favour to his centre who opened the scoring.

A successful conversion meant the Seagulls led 6-0, which would soon become 12-0 when Fifita crossed four minutes later.

And in the 31st minute a sweeping backline play gave Scott Galeano an easy four-pointer.

That meant the Seagulls had a 16-0 lead heading into the break with our Capras needing something special in sloppy conditions to pull back the win.

It took 12 minutes of the second half before the Central Queenslanders finally had something to celebrate.

Trey Browne stabbed a grubber into the legs of the defence which deflected off PNG representative McKenzie Yei’s legs and into the path of Jesse Jennings.

Jennings made a great pick-up off the damp pitch and dove over the line to bring Capras back to a 10-point deficit.

But a penalty given away by CQ directly in front of the uprights allowed the Seagulls to score their only points of the second half when Lindon McGrady slotted home a two-pointer.

Tweed’s defence was very impressive to say the least, keeping out the Capras from the previous try right up until the 76th minute.

It took a great kick from captain Jack Madden and an even better leap from Jonus Pearson to break that defence with a successful conversion bringing the Capras to within touching distance as the scoreboard read 18-12.

The Capras knew they had to act fast and despite having multiple chances in the final three minutes the side just couldn’t level the game up, losing 18-12.

It must be said that Central Queensland’s new style of free-flowing football was hindered by the rain and the seemingly excessive 18 penalties in the contest.

That number was the highest of any Queensland Cup matches this weekend although having 13 errors in a tight match is always going to hinder a side.

It wasn’t all bad news for our top squad however with the first placed Burleigh Bears suffering a 26-22 loss at the hands of the Northern Pride.

The Capras did slip to fourth place on the Hostplus Cup ladder with the Wynnum Manly Seagulls leapfrogging our side after their win over Norths Devils.

This week CQ has a chance to make up that ground and potentially move as high as second place when we welcome the Sunshine Coast Falcons to Browne Park.

The Falcons are in second place currently but will have to make the tough trip to Rockhampton which will kick off at 4pm on Saturday.

In the Hasting Deering Colts matchup prior to the Queensland Cup match, our Capras came away with a great victory.

Peyton Jenkins’ double as well as Ilami Buli, Owen Pattie and match-winner Christopher Lee’s tries were enough to overcome the Seagulls 28-26.

Despite the win the Capras were overtaken on the ladder by the Redcliffe Dolphins and now sit in fourth.

The under-21s will face the Sunshine Coast Falcons as well on Saturday afternoon.