The Central Queensland Capras had a season they would like to forget, finishing last on the ladder after recording just one win in 2019.
With the 2019 Intrust Super Cup season having drawn to a close, we take a look back through the year that was for all 14 clubs to see what went right, what went wrong, and what the clubs may focus on heading into the 2020 season.
The first club to feature is the Capras.
The season by the numbers
Final position on the ladder
- Won: 1
- Drawn: 1
- Lost: 21
Home and away record
- Home: 0-10
- Away: 1-11
- Scored: 318
- Conceded: 820
- For and against: -502
Players in focus
BJ Aufaga-Toomaga was a shining light for the Capras in 2019, and was often their most notable performer. The 22-year-old centre finished the season with 142 points, with 14 tries and 43 goals to his name. To put this into perspective, the young centre scored 45 per cent of the Capras' total points for the year.
Tackle breaks: 99
Line breaks: 9
Try assists: 5
Average run metres: 143 metres
Aaron Pene and Jamie Hill
Notable player achievements and milestones
- Aaron Pene - signed by Melbourne Storm
- Elijah Anderson - selected for Queensland Under 20 team
- Jamie Hill - Most tackles in the Intrust Super Cup and CQ Capras Players' Player
- Nathan Bassani - 50 Intrust Super Cup games
- Bill Cullen - 50 Intrust Super Cup games
- Eddy Pettybourne - CQ Capras Best Forward
- BJ Aufaga-Toomaga - CQ Capras Player of the Year, Best Back, Top Points Scorer and Top Try Scorer
- Jack Madden - 50 Intrust Super Cup games
- Kainoa Gudgeon - CQ Capras Rookie of the Year
Key factors to season result
The Capras were dealt several key blows throughout the season, losing some key players to injury and retirement. Star recruits Eddy Pettybourne and Matthew Wright both missed numerous games due to injury, whilst Dave Taylor called time on his Intrust Super Cup career mid-season. The Rockhampton-based club also lost one of their form players in Aaron Pene to the Easts Tigers mid-season after he was recruited by the Melbourne Storm.
Poor home win record
The Capras were the only club in the competition who failed to win one home game in 2019, losing all 10 games at Browne Park.
Looking ahead to 2020
After finishing the season at the bottom of the ladder, the Capras will be looking to bounce back in 2020, and make amends for their poor result in 2019.
With BJ Aufaga-Toomaga scoring 45 per cent of the Capras' total points for the year, it is imperative the club secures the services of the young powerhouse for season 2020.