Capras player Bill Cullen in the QRL game against East Tigers at Browne Park on Saturday night.
Capras player Bill Cullen in the QRL game against East Tigers at Browne Park on Saturday night. Chris Ison ROK110318ccapras5

Big Bill back for Capras

RUGBY LEAGUE: An impressive 80-minute performance in the Yeppoon Seagulls' 44-point demolition of Norths in local league last week has Vic Halfpenny poised for his first start of the season with the Capras.

The skilful second rower was named in the 19-man Capras squad for Saturday's Intrust Super Cup Round 3 clash against the Mackay Cutters at BB Print Stadium at 6pm.

The Capras will again be without skipper Jack Madden, who suffered a lower leg injury in the closing stages of their dramatic one-point win in the season opener against Easts.

Coach Kim Williams said he would not be rushing the playmaker back in, especially given the Capras had just a four-day turnaround before their next game against Ipswich at Browne Park.

But in welcome news forward Bill Cullen is set to return after being sidelined for a week with a rib injury, with Williams saying he will be given until Friday to prove his fitness.

"We just don't see a need to push it until that point," Williams said.

"He's probably a 90 per cent chance of playing at this stage so we'll keep him in cotton wool until Friday and then we'll let him loose Saturday night."

Williams said the Mackay Cutters boasted plenty of strike power, particularly in the hooking role, and would be keen to score their first points of the season.

"At none from two they're going to be pretty desperate for their first win in front of a home crowd as well so we're expecting a very tough challenge there," he said.

"We're well prepared, we're ready to go and we're quietly confident going into this one."

CQ Capras team to take on Mackay Cutters at BB Print Stadium Mackay on Saturday, March 24 - 6pm

1. Zeik Foster 2. Ken Tofilau 3. Connor Broadhurst 4. Nathan Bassani 5. Chanel Seigafo 6. Blake Goodman 7. Aaron Teroi 8. Bill Cullen 9. Billy Gilbert 10. Phil Nati 11. Jerry Key (c) 12. Dave Taylor 13. James Hill 15. Tyson White 16. Brad Lupi 17. Luke George 18. Vic Halfpenny 19. Aaron Flanagan 20. Peter Rogers.