Injuries and tough calls slow
A COMBINATION of wet weather, controversial referee calls and a load of injuries doesn't make for ideal conditions in any sport but Central Queensland Capras coach John Harbin remains pleased with his team's efforts.
The CQ Capras went down 26-12 to the Ipswich Jets at Blackwater on Saturday in round 17 of the Intrust Super Cup.
"I am not the best of losers but I was very pleased with the effort the boys put in," Harbin said.
"Sometimes I pinch myself to remember where the team has come from.
"They are very competitive against a top team."
There was not much between the teams in the first half with the scores 8-6 at the half-time hooter, but it was what happened seconds after that proved the unravelling thread in the game.
"It was a little bit controversial - the ref didn't blow the whistle (at the hooter) and allowed play to go on," Harbin said.
In that time, the Jets managed to score and went into the break 14-6.
"There was one or two other incidents that went against us … I'll be contacting the Queensland Rugby League director of referees."
Despite the controversial call, Harbin said the half-time talk was spent focusing on solutions, not the problems.
"We only consider things we control - defence, attack and play the ball," he said.
"I was very pleased with defence. We had to play the ball a lot quicker when we had it."
But the second half didn't get any better for the Capras as things turned from bad to worse with a host of players succumbing to injuries and the wet weather not helping.
"The conditions weren't good… but so what, it was a miserable day," Harbin said.
Second rower John Clayton suffered a foot injury, Russell Webber and Gavin Hiscox both had ankle injuries and Tyron Cranston hurt his shoulder.
"The injuries disturbed the flow of the game," Harbin said.
"It just came at a bad time and worse that it was together. It just creates a few minutes of turmoil particularly in a cluster.
"Ipswich ... played very good in the wet weather and kept us pinned in our half for long periods. It all added up."
Reece Goldsmith was named players' player of the match.