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The Central Queensland Capras went toe-to-toe with the Burleigh Bears and found the upper hand in a battle of the forward packs in Rockhampton on Sunday.

In wet and muddy conditions, the Capras - buoyed by the presence of Dolphins NRL duo Jarrod Wallace and Anthony Milford - engaged in a gritty arm wrestle with the Bears and managed to overcome a potential comeback push to claim a 30-24 win.

Winger Bob Tenza scored a double for the home team, with the Papua New Guinean locking in the two points for his side with a four-pointer in the 74th minute.

Wallace, Edrick Lee and Jack Madden also crossed while Hayden Schwass bagged two tries for the Bears and Troy Leo scored his 50th Cup try.

Capras coach Lionel Harbin said he always knew it was going to come down to a battle between the forward packs and that was the challenge he lay out for his team before kick off.

"It was tough conditions and that’s the way we had to play, really physical and tough," Harbin said.

"We spoke early in the week about how Burleigh had a really strong pack and we wanted to match it with them.

"Before the game we said these games are won through the middle in these conditions and that's what we did.

"We weren’t quite happy with the way we performed (in Round 3 against Mackay) and a lot of that came down to our effort, especially in defence. I thought everyone brought that today."

Anthony Milford in action. Photo: Luke Fletcher/Central Queensland Capras
Anthony Milford in action. Photo: Luke Fletcher/Central Queensland Capras

Despite the presence of star players Wallace and Milford, Harbin said he felt it was a true team effort to get the two points over last year's grand finalists.

He was happy to see the team didn't rely on their Dolphins affiliates and stood up across the park.

"Jarrod and Lachie Hubner did a really good job," Harbin said of his forwards.

"Anthony Milford was really good for us as well... with his kicking game and Jack Madden, we were apply to a bit of pressure and come away with a couple of tries.

"It took everyone. It took a team effort today, it really did.

"One through to 17, there was a lot of effort. Everyone had to play their part."

Elsewhere on Sunday, the Redcliffe Dolphins snatched a late win over the Ipswich Jets in a high-scoring affair at North Ipswich Reserve.

With 13 tries scored in total, it was hooker Harrison Graham in the 71st minute who helped his side take back the lead and then forward Nathan Watts in the 79th minute who crossed to seal the deal.

For Ipswich, they were boosted by the addition of star winger Alofiana Khan-Pereira, who came back from the Gold Coast Titans to score a double.

Aaron Schoupp also earned two tries for the Jets while Aublix Tawha crossed twice for the Dolphins.

For a wrap of Saturday's games, click here.

Main image: Jarrod Wallace. Photo: Luke Fletcher/Central Queensland Capras

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