Falcons show class against Capras
By QRL Media
The Sunshine Coast returned to their winning ways in Round 6, overcoming a Capras side who fought hard but were left to rue costly defensive lapses.
The Falcons were put under early pressure from the home side however and they conceded the first try of the match when Ian Webster did some mopping up of a kick and went over wide for a 4-0 lead.
The Capras pushed hard again and were over the line soon after, but William Cullen was up by the Falcons and unable to get the ball down.
Browne Park was celebrating a beach theme for the game which arguably made the visitors feel right as home as they began to build into their win.
Some good lead-up work from Nafe Seluini had him sell a dummy before putting Tui Kamikamica over to level the scores, with Joe Stimson’s conversion giving them a 6-4 lead.
Impressive half Ryley Jacks – who was in most the Falcons creative plays – set up his side’s next try when he threw the ball to Stimson to score in the 19th minute to push the lead out to 12-4.
The Capras however fought back when Joshua Mitchell darted over from dummy half to bring the Capras back into the match after the Capras got the ball from a scrum.
However – the Falcons scored the next two tries – the first to Richie Kennar, again from good work from Jacks, and the next to Kamikamica who picked up his double – to give the visitors a 22-8 lead at the break.
They continued their scoring ways at the start of the second with Sam Wright dotting down in the left corner to go out to an unassailable 26-8 lead.
Capras five-eighth Maipele Morseau added one more for the home side to reduce the deficit to 12-26 before that man Jacks scored one for himself to push the Falcons further in front.
From there though, the Capras mounted a mini-comeback to the delight of the crowd with Junior Kirisome producing a ripper take to claim a Morseu kick and touch down before Mitchell got his second in a similar fashion to his first; diving over the line from dummy half next to the post.
Matt Minto then landed the first conversion of the game for the Capras to them trail 32-22.
Alex Bishop added to the Falcons score with 40 seconds left in the game when he dummied his way over next to the post.
In a tough match, the Capras lost both Marco Delapena and Ian Webster in the first half which cost them as the game wore on – while the final scores would have been closer had the conversion attempts been more on target.
SUNSHINE COAST FALCONS 38 (Tui Kamikamica 2, Joe Stimson, Richard Kennar, Samuel Wright, Ryley Jacks, Alex Bishop tries; Joe Stimson 5 goals) def CQ CAPRAS 22 (Joshua Mitchell 2, Ian Webster, Maipele Morseau, Kirisome tries; Matthew Minto goals) at Browne Park.