Groat blow: Leading Capras prop ruled out for season
RUGBY LEAGUE: Capras coach Kim Williams is taking the positives from the negatives after a number of injuries swept through his side during the past week.
The biggest blow is the loss of leading prop Matt Groat, who is likely to miss the rest of the Intrust Super Cup season with a grade-three bicep tear.
"That will be surgery and pretty well his season (gone) right there given recovery and rehab on any surgery of that nature,” Williams said.
"Matt was considered our marque signing for the season so that's a big blow.
"We feel for Matt and he's been excellent for us on and off the field.”
The Capras have a bye this weekend and is Williams relieved with the timing, allowing a key trio of forwards to recover in time for their next game against Easts Tigers at Browne Park on June 24.
"Gavin Hiscox has a slight calf tear but he'll be back after the bye,” he said.
"Oliver Percy and Bill Cullen had some positive updates from their injuries and I also expect them back.”
Williams said the club is considering signing a replacement for Groat, but have enough depth in their forward pack should nothing come to fruition.
The club is unlikely to allow any of its forwards to drop back to the Rockhampton extended competition this weekend, although Williams could make an exception for his backs.
"There could be some fringe players dropping back,” he said.
"It will be a case-to-case basis, but a few guys are keen on supporting their local clubs.”