THE CQ Capras were outplayed at a wet Piggabeen Sports Complex yesterday, beaten by 34 points by the Tweed Heads Seagulls.
Coach Kim Williams indicated that changes would be made to his team on the back of the performance.
Yesterday's loss has seen the Capras fall from sixth to eighth spot on the Intrust Super Cup ladder.
“This was a really big game for us and we didn't rise to the occasion,” Williams said yesterday.
“Our efforts didn't match the importance of the game and that's really disappointing.
“The first half was a bit of an arm wrestle; we were only eight down at half-time but we fell away in the second half.
“They outworked us and we deserved to lose on the back of that.”
Williams said Reece Baker, Gavin Hiscox and Samson Graham were the shining lights in a badly beaten team.
“The rest were well below par. When we have too many players who are playing nowhere near their best we are going to get beaten and beaten well and that's what happened today,” he said.
“There's too big a gap between our best and worst at the moment.
“I think we need to bring a bit more enthusiasm into the team, we certainly lacked that.
“We have some guys who have gotten a bit too comfortable and maybe it’s time to bring in some fresh faces to energise the team a bit."
In the lead-up to the game, Williams said Tweed Heads were one of the hardest away teams to play, but he never expected to be on the end of a 38-4 score line.
The Seagulls opened their account in the fifth minute and was in 10 minutes later, extending the lead to 12-0.
The Capras responded in the 33rd minute, when Adam Henry fielded a kick from Matt Minto and crashed over.
The conversion attempt was unsuccessful and the Capras went into the break trailing 12-4.
In a replay of the first half, Tweed scored in the fifth minute of the second stanza to lead 18-4 and was in again in the 15th minute to lead 22-4.
The floodgates then opened with Tweed running in three more tries to wrap up the match.
As well as picking up the important win, the Seagulls were also pleased with the performances of a number of their less experienced players, with a number of youngsters standing out in the win, including second-game winger David Sheridan who picked up a double.
Tweed Heads were also forced to contend with the withdrawal from the team of Karl Lawnton with a calf injury, but were able to overcome the loss with a strong al-round effort from the team.
TWEED HEADS SEAGULLS 38 (David Sheridan 2, Cory Blair, William Bugden, Michael Burgess, Doug Hewitt, John Olive tries; Samuel Meskell 5 goals) def CQ CAPRAS 4 (Adam Henry try) at Piggabeen Sports.
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