With the 2018 Intrust Super Cup season having drawn to a close – QRL Media have decided to take a look back through the year for all 14 clubs to see what went right, what went wrong and what the club are likely to focus on going forward into the 2019 season.
The series kicked off last week with the Mackay Cutters; and the second club to feature will be the CQ Capras.
Keep an eye on QRL.com.au for the remaining club reviews.
The Season By-The-Numbers
Finishing Position on Ladder: 13th
Regular Season Win %:
- Won: 7
- Draw: 0
- Lost: 16
Home and Away Record:
- Home: 7-4
- Away: 0-12
- Scored: 390
- Conceded: 576
- F/A: -186
Players in Focus
Standout Player: Jerry (Jet) Key
- Tries: 4
- Line Break Assists: 3
- Offloads: 38
- Tackles: 712
- Average Run M: 134m
- Tackle Breaks: 77
- Post Contact M: 1054m
Highlight: The Capras upset a PNG Hunters side (38-22) that was looking to cement their spot in the Top 6 in Round 24
Intrust Super Cup Rd 24 HLs: Capras vs Hunters
Notable Player Achievements and Milestones:
- Jet Key (Capras 2018 Player of the Year & Best Forward winner)
- Jamie Hill (CQ Capras 2018 Rookie of the Year winner)
- Maipele Morseu (50 Intrust Super Cup games for the Capras – Round 12 v Redcliffe)
- Brad Lupi (50 overall intrust super Cup games – Round 21 v Northern Pride)
Key Factor – Away Record
The defining factor for the finishing position of the CQ Capras in the 2018 season was their away record. The side did manage to win seven from 11 “home” games at Browne Park (as well as McIndoe Park, Marley Brown Oval and Barcaldine Showgrounds in Country Week), the Capras lost all 12 of their away games.
Looking ahead to 2019
The CQ Capras have a lot of potential for 2019, particularly in their forward pack, with of former NRL player Dave Taylor set to stay on with the club. The Capras managed to earn wins against sides who played in this year’s finals series, with results against Northern Pride, Easts Tigers, and Ipswich Jets. This shows they have the potential to challenge even the top teams at the best of times.
If Capras can manage to string a few away wins together next season; as well as maintain their solid standing in their CQ regional home bases; they’ll be a side to reckon with in 2019.
More in the Intrust Super Cup Year in Review series