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Blackhawks continue fine form against Capras

Townsville Blackhawks were too strong for Central Queensland Capras with a dominant 32-6 win at Browne Park.

Jaelen Feeney scored a hat-trick in the Blackhawks' eighth-straight win, which is equal to the club's record achieved in 2015.

The Blackhawks posted first points in the third minute with a try to Bacho Salam, which was followed five minutes later when Feeney crossed for his first four-pointer of the match.

In the 31st minute, the Blackhawks extended their lead through a try to Kalifa Faifai Loa and the added extras gave them a commanding 18-0 lead at the break.

With just over 20 minutes left in the game, Feeney found the line for the second time and the extras added off the boot of Nona put the Blackhawks out to a 24-0 lead.    

Minutes later, Feeney found the line for his third try which blew the Blackhawks lead out to 30-0 after Shaun Nona slotted the extras.

When a Capras player was dispatched to the sin bin in the 75th minute, the Blackhawks capitalised soon after with a penalty goal by Nona and a dominant hold of the game to lead 32-0.

The Capras remained scoreless until a converted try by BJ Aufaga -Toomaga in the final minute of the game registered six points before the fulltime siren. 

Blackhawks coach Aaron Payne said he was pleased with his side's defence, with the opposition only scoring a try right at the end from one of their errors.

He said the Blackhawks created a lot of opportunities, which weren't executed, so that was something they would talk about in their review during the week.

At halftime, Payne told his troops they were keeping the opposition in the game due to their poor completion rate and said this was what they needed to focus on in the second half.

He said tonight it was even more rewarding for the side to equal the club's all-time record of eight wins on the trot.

"The boys are really looking forward to testing themselves against the benchmark in the competition, the Sunshine Coast Falcons," Payne said. 

The victory was dampened however when a player sustained a broken arm, while Cade Maloney has a torn hamstring.

Nathan Traill was a late omission to the side due to a niggling injury so Zac Santo moved back to fullback and had some good touches in his 50th Intrust Super Cup game.

Payne said Feeney "really straightened our attack up" and he had a couple of run options, which he took and proved really hard to stop close to the line; and many of the middle forwards had some really strong carries out of their own end. 

Nona followed up from a perfect record with the boot of eight from eight last week by kicking all five conversions and a penalty goal.

The Blackhawks, who have now moved to second on the ladder, are strong finals contenders, being well in the top eight and have set themselves a goal to finish as high up on the ladder to give them the best opportunity to play finals footy.

Payne said their improvement in form was due to a combination of a few things.

At the start of the season they showed how good they could play, but were too inconsistent.

He said their defence was keeping them in games, but now their attack was also starting to fire, which is really pleasing.

"Now I feel we are being more consistent and the players have a good understanding of what we're trying to achieve," Payne said. 

"We've tweaked our attack and have seen some real benefits in that area."

Payne said he wasn't even thinking about finals, just concentrating on one week at a time. He said there was a really good feeling among the group, they were enjoying themselves and had a lot of confidence in what they were doing.

"There is a lot of trust in each other which I feel are important ingredients to a team that is running well," Payne said.

"Sunny Coast are a strong defensive side and won't be giving us as many opportunities, so when we do we need to make the most of them."

Capras will face Redcliffe Dolphins in Round 21.

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