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Strong Capras culture driving surge to the top this season

The Hastings Deering Colts competition is undergoing a revolution and all the uprising is happening in Central Queensland.

The Central Queensland Capras are in first place on the ladder with four wins from four games and head to Emerald this week keen to cause problems for their opponents Burleigh Bears.

The Capras last game was against the Norths Devils and they stole the show with a 42-10 win.

It took Central Queensland 21 minutes to settle into their work, but once they found their rhythm, they were humming along nicely and scored eight tries.

When a team has 57 per cent of the ball, it is likely they will win a lot of football games and that is what Central Queensland seem to be basing their 2022 season around; having and using the ball wisely.

Coby Williamson has led the charge for the Capras and did again against the Devils with 177 metres, while without the ball, Samuel Strohfeldt made 38 tackles.

Capras coach Kane Hardy said the culture in the team was strong this season.

“We have just been very specific in who is at the club and why they’re here,” Hardy said.

“Cody Williamson has been terrific for us, he runs hard and makes ground every single hit up and we love that about him.

“He’s just been down in Brisbane for the Queensland Under 19 camp and he won’t look out of place in that team.

“Our bench forwards have been great for us in keeping the momentum going and they have been a real weapon for us.”

This weekend's Round 7 matches begin on Friday night with Mackay Cutters hosting Wynnum Manly Seagulls. 

The Cutters are coming off a close 20-18 win against the Bears in their last match with showed plenty of grit.

The Cutters had an eight-point lead at halftime, but the Bears closed in around the Cutters and their two second-half tries to the Cutters one made things interesting.

Flynn Camilleri made sure the Bears didn’t get too close by stomping out 171 metres and Luke-David Wells Talamaivao made 31 important tackles.

Wynnum Manly won may have won 38-4 in their last match, but they will need to still clean themselves up after they played in the rain and mud against Ipswich Jets.

Wynnum Manly were never in trouble, scoring regularly from the 31st minute until the 78th.

Luke Phillip made 203 metres and hooker Harrison Graham was back to star in the Colts, making 28 tackles.

In their last match, the Jets took 47 minutes to score against Wynnum Manly and that will be one of the main things that Chris Ash wants to fix. It can’t take that long to get moving.

Samson Sauaso did his best in attack with 141 metres and Benjamin Charles made 30 tackles for Ipswich.

Their opponents this weekend are Townsville Blackhawks who were down to play Western Clydesdales last week, but due to flooding the game didn’t happen. 

The Pride will be leaving Tugun and heading home to fix their defence after missing 65 tackles in their last game. The Pride have struggled against some big scores in recent weeks and will be putting in work to defend their line.

The Pride will take on the Falcons who lost to the Tigers 32-28 in their last match.

The Falcons were the better team in lots of other departments outside of the scoreboard with some strong performers including Danny Heenan who was was exceptional in defence with 27 tackles.

In a strong defensive display, the Magpies kept the Dolphins to 0 which would please the Davies Park club more than anything.

It was a good game to be called Lachlan, with three of the five tries scored in the game coming from either Lachlan Mead or Lachlan Watt.

Tyrese Mackeen also played his part in the Dolphins not recording a point with 34 tackles.

This week's rivals Tweed went close to the perfect game after scoring 66 points via 11 tries and 10 conversions. The Seagulls were up 24-0 at halftimey, but the hard thing this week will be to replicate a strong performance this week against Souths.

Ryan Foran made 28 tackles and Malakhi Donovan made a massive 226 metres.

Heavy lifter - Malakhi Donovan

Match: Devils v Tigers

Round 7 -

Devils

Home Team

Devils

Scored 0 points
Tigers

Away Team

Tigers

Scored 0 points

Venue: Bishop Park, Brisbane

Match broadcasters:

  • Qplus

Things didn't go to plan last round for the Devils against the Capras with the top-of-the-table side flexing their muscle with a 42-10 win.

However, Zac Brooks made great metres with 127 and he also made 46 tackles in a huge overall performance. 

This week, Norths will face the Tigers who would be confident and happy after a 32-28 win.

Johan Gover has 56 points this year and he kept that total ticking over with a try in the first minute and four from six goals.

Western Clydesdales didn’t get to play last week against Townsville, so they will be super-keen to make sure the Dolphins fell the force of a fully recharged Clydesdales outfit.

The Dolphins had a hard time of it in their last match, losing 24-0 to the Magpies.

Eric Vaagusuaga was a standout for his side however and made 179 metres for the Dolphins and one line break.  

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