Glasby leads by example
WHEN Tim Glasby was named the CQ Capras captain it was because of his qualities in inspiring his teammates.
Yesterday at Browne Park he proved that decision right.
After a bright start the Capras found themselves down 10-0 early in the first half and many of the sizeable crowd could have been forgiven for thinking "here we go again".
Capitulation certainly wasn't in the mind of Glasby, however, who has perfected during the off-season the Jonah Lomu sidestep, picking out a member of the opposition and running straight through him.
It was very effective and a part of the massive forward effort from the Capras as they out-muscled a Sunshine Coast team that was rarely allowed to use its running skills with ball in hand.
Two tries in the space of two minutes to Glasby and the Capras turned the game around. From there the home side rarely looked back, going on to win 40-22.
It wasn't a one-man show, however, with many success stories in the Capras team.
The combination in the halves of Casey Bromilow and Jon Tavinor became more effective as the game progressed, with Tavinor scoring two well-taken tries and leading the team around the park with his astute kicking game.
Following Glasby's two tries fullback Reece Baker showed more power and courage than his frame should allow by charging at the Sunshine Coast defensive line and getting the ball down when it looked like he might be held up.
Nobody was going to hold up Alan Rothery as he charged forward like a wounded bull to ensure the Capras went in at the break with a healthy 22-10 lead.
As would be expected of a team in arrears, the Sea Eagles flew into the second half with a flurry of attacking plays, usually set up, and finished, by livewire half back Todd Murphy.
When Kane Richards burrowed through to score early in the half it looked as if the Sunshine Coast could fight its way back into the contest but hooker Cheyenne Motu ended that revival with a great run to send Tavinor over.
Try number two then went to Tavinor, and one to Mitch Zornig took the Capras to a 34-16 lead, with the Coast looking tired and beaten.
To their credit the players did stick to the task, with Murphy taking advantage of a lapse in Capras' concentration.
However, the expected Coast final flourish was killed off when Gavin Hiscox finished a powerful run by offering the Sunshine Coast defence a couple of dummies, which were accepted, opening a big hole, which he ran through to score.
John Harbin comments
"It was great, an enjoyable day," he said.
"I'm very happy. They got the jump on us but we dug deep, even though it was not a perfect game."
Harbin said his captain Glasby was superb and deserved his reward of players' player and man of the match.
The coach paid tribute to the big men, with second-rower Ben Faulkner battling it out for the full 80 minutes.
INTRUST SUPER CUP
CQ Capras 40 (Jon Tavinor 2, Tim Glasby 2, Reece Baker, Mitch Zornig, Gavin Hiscox, Alan Rothery tries; Tavinor 3, Reece Goldsmith goals) def Sunshine Coast 22 (Todd Murphy 2, Rowan Klein, Kane Richards tries; Dale Middleton 3 goals)
Easts Tigers 38 def South Logan 16
Northern Pride 22 def Ipswich Jets 14
Redcliffe 28 def Mackay Cutters 18
Wynnum Manly 26 def Tweed Heads 24
Burleigh Bears 36 def Norths Devils 24
Points: 2 Easts, Capras, Burleigh, Redcliffe, Northern Pride, Wynnum Manly: 0 Tweed Heads, Ipswich Jets, Mackay Cutters, Norths, Sunshine Coast, Souths Logan