LISTEN: Giant killing Capras second upset win of the year
THE rugby league gods smiled on the Capras as they endured eight heart-pulsating minutes camped on their own goal line to prevail over competition heavyweights the Burleigh Bears 38-32.
Lock forward Samson Graham was a colossus, while Brandon Manase and Maipele Morseu were wizards with the ball in hand, but their most important contribution came from a sidelined player.
Winger Marco De La Pena tore his ACL last week and will miss the entire season. Before the game coach Kim Williams spoke to his chargers about playing for their injured mate, and play they did.
"We talked about how important the game was, and we wanted to win it for Marco, that was important and they responded," Williams explained.
"He is one of those guys who puts in 100%, really highly regarded in the group. It is a position we are lucky to have cover in but he will definitely be missed.
"We started well, one of our better first halves and went into the break at 22-10 up.
"We let ourselves down straight away and had to start again but we halted their momentum and got ourselves back on top.
"It was pretty tight at the end, they had a lot of sets on our line but we were able to lift in defence, forced a double-movement and made held them up. It was a bit of a worry but we earned it."
Williams rated the upset win as their best of the season.
"We had to avoid going on a downward spiral but three losses in a row would have done that," he said.
"The boys were over the moon, probably rate that above our Ipswich win, being away and taking on an inform side.
"It was an entertaining game, free-flowing and most pleasing thing was that we stuck to our game plan, played with a lot of width.
"Got a few tries down our left, Brandon and Maipele had good games, and Samson Graham players player - he played 60 minutes straight in the middle."
Despite their strong start, Williams said there was a slight lack of belief from his side but in the 29th minute, that all changed thanks to one run.
"When Aleki Falepaini came on, he made a huge difference," he said.
"It was a crucial point in the game and Aleki scored a great solo try. Broke the line, ran 40 metres and beat the fullback.
"We grew in confidence and all lifted and believed we could win.
"Our bench players came on and really increased the tempo, that was the plan to combat Burleigh's size and power and it worked. Aleki, Josh Mitchell, Michael Ki and Peter Gallen were very strong."