Capras ready to ground the Jets
OPPOSED touch football sessions have been incorporated into the Rockhampton Leagues Club Capras training regime this week in preparation for the Ipswich Jets.
The Jets are still the reigning premiers renowned for their unorthodox ab-lib attacking style play. They opt for short kick offs and drop-outs and attack from anywhere on the field.
Despite the Jets roster assembling a shadow of their premiership winning roster, Capras coach Kim Williams is wary.
"It is a different build-up for Ipswich," Williams said.
"We play a bit of touch footy to encourage the attacking team to throw the ball around and run a lot of angles to link up through the middle. That's the Ipswich way.
"We were successful earlier in the year by getting up on our line and holding and working inside and outside in defence.
"You have to stay switched on. That's the key. Any lapse in defence and they find a hole."
For a side who lost talents Marmin Barba, Rod Griffin, Josh Cleeland and Matt Parcell - Jets are still a side capable of anything. Competing for 80 minutes is a must this weekend. A loss for the 12th placed Capras could be fatal.
"We are just off the mark which is a frustrating thing. For 38 minutes of the first half against Burleigh we were right in it before conceding a late try just at the end," he said.
"It makes this week even more important, we can't lose touch with the top six.
"It is a mental thing in the last 20 minutes of any game. Just have to be a bit tougher in the big moments.
"It's as frustrating for the players as for the coaching staff. It's an area we continue to work on, but it's something that comes with experience - which we are lacking."
North Ipswich Reserve is a ground where Williams holds dearly.
"I won a grand final there (with Mackay Cutters) so I like going there," he said.
"Otherwise my record is okay there."
Williams named a squad of 19 for the Jets but admitted forward Vic Halfpenny was the most likely to drop off the bench.
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