Capras' Reece Baker scores in the corner.
Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin
Capras' Reece Baker scores in the corner. Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin Allan Reinikka ROK190316acapras9

WATCH: Last year it took some Baker brilliance to over come the Jets

RUGBY LEAGUE: It took a moment of courage from live wire fullback Reece Baker to turn the tide in the CQ Capras corresponding fixture against the Ipswich Jets last year.

It was round three and the Jets were about to kick away when Baker produced the try-saving tackle of the year on the flying Marmin Barba.

Spurred on by his heroics, the Capras had the vigour and fortitude to beat the then premiers, 23-14.

Going up against the eighth placed Jets on Saturday, Capras coach Kim Williams hopes to do the job without that added drama.

 

Reece Baker miracle : Re-live Capras fullback Reece Baker's try saving tackle against the Ipswich Jets last year.
Reece Baker miracle : Re-live Capras fullback Reece Baker's try saving tackle against the Ipswich Jets last year.

And he goes in confident, aided by a fresh roster thanks to the rep bye.

"We see this as an extremely important game for the season and all the players look mentally up for it," Williams said.

"Ipswich force you to defend differently. They make you maintain space in defence and really test you with angles, offloads and inside plays.

"We are conceding over 25 points a game and that is the issue. So if we can defend well against them it will set us up really well for the season."

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Fast Facts

  • 12th placed Capras vs 8th placed Jets
  • Coaches: Kim Williams vs Ben and Shane Walker
  • Capras have scored 184 to the Jets 192
  • H2H in 2016 - Round 3 Capras 23-14 and Round 13 Jets 34-20
  • Last three games
  • Capras 36-24 loss to Easts, 34-22 win over Wynnum-Manly, 38-14 loss to Sunshine Coast
  • Jets 18-12 win over Burleigh, 36-30 win over Souths Logan and 24-10 win over Norths

Williams watched on at Browne Park from his usual spot near the scoreboard in the round three upset. He struggled to split the Jets win and the PNG Hunters win of the same season.

"Browne Park was really loud both days," he recalled.

"They really helped us out and we will need them on song again.

"That was a really tough one but one of our best wins."

Capras Squad

  • Maipele Morseu
  • Ken Tofilau
  • Justin Tavae
  • Nathan Bassani
  • Tony Tumusa
  • Reece Baker
  • Jack Madden
  • Matt Groat
  • Krys Freeman
  • Oliver Percy
  • Marco de la Pena
  • Guy Williams
  • Gavin Hiscox
  • Bill Cullen
  • John Filipo
  • Jack Kavanagh
  • Liam Pickersgill
  • Vic Halfpenny
  • Phil Nati

The Capras have not fielded the same run-on 17 in any of the ISC contests this season. It might seem like a problem for some, but Williams believes the merit-based rotation game is key, particularly for motivation.

He was again forced into changes again this week. Ayden Cooper misses out after a dangerous throw handed him a two-week ban.

Nathan Bassani returns after a one-week ban, Chanel Seigafo is still suspended while Jack Kavanagh and Liam Pickersgill are recalled to the extended bench.

"We have a large squad and have plenty of local players who are constantly putting the pressure on. It is a good position for me to be in," he said.

"Our depth gives me the option to rotate if one player performs badly but also for the type of opposition."

The 6pm match finishes off a bumper day at Browne Park with games from 12pm onwards including Norths Chargers and Emu Park doing battle.