Taylor grabs game-decider
Dave Taylor has scored a game-clinching try in his return to the Central Highlands.
The former Test forward, who hails from Blackwater, was back in the Highlands for an Intrust Super Cup clash between the CQ Capras and Northern Pride at Emerald's McIndoe Park.
It ended in a thriller, with the game at 9-8 until Taylor crashed over with two minutes to play to make the final scoreline 15-8 in favour of the Capras.
The 'Coal Train' started on the bench, but played the last 62 minutes in a spirited performance.
He came on with the Capras up 6-0 after Maipele Morseau scored 14 minutes into the game before a pleasing crowd approaching 2000 spectators.
It was a defence-dominated affair until Jake Clifford struck back in the 58th minute for the Pride, converting his own try for a 6-all deadlock.
From there both teams slotted a penalty goal to raise the stakes to 8-all.
End-to-end attempts to break the game open in the last quarter of the game kept the crowd enthralled, before Capra Zeik Foster potted a field goal with six minutes left in the contest.
Then to put it beyond doubt, Taylor trucked the ball up the right-hand side of the field, carrying a handful of defenders across the line as he made the decisive play.
The win for the Capras came despite regular hooker Billy Gilbert being out injured.
Worryingly for Northern Pride, their club has now scored a total of just 24 points from its last three games, despite having some of the best attacking weapons in the competition.
While the result went against the visitors, Highlands fans queued to get signatures and photos with the likes of Cowboys-contracted Todd Carney, Javid Bowen and Gideon Mosby.
The sense of occasion was heightened when local teams the Emerald Tigers and Emerald Cowboys staged a nail-biter of their own in the curtain-raiser, decided by just two points.
The game ball for the main match was then brought to the field by a helicopter.
Next week both teams have stern tests, with the Capras hosting the Wynnum Manly Seagulls, while the Northern Pride hosts the Sunshine Coast Falcons.
CQ CAPRAS 15 (Maipele Morseau, Dave Taylor tries; Connor Broadhurst 3 goals; Zeik Foster field goal) def NORTHERN PRIDE 8 (Jake Clifford try; Jake Clifford 2 goals) at McIndoe Park, Emerald.