Smith to answer SOS from Capras
RUGBY LEAGUE: Gladstone Valleys junior Sam Smith is set to answer a defensive SOS call from Capras coach Kim Williams ahead of a tough road trip to the Sunshine Coast this weekend.
The Capras were defensively poor during their Rivalry Round clash against Mackay Cutters last Saturday, leaking eight tries in a 38-22 loss at Browne Park.
With the Capras languishing in 11th spot on the Intrust Super Cup ladder after only two wins from six games, Williams admitted there needed to be a selection shake-up.
"Our edges need changing more than anything,” he said.
"We leaked points on the edges on both sides of the field last weekend so it's just trying to get that combination which works best.
"We've tried a couple of different combinations on each edge and we've tweaked that again this week.”
Those tweaks allow Smith to sneak back into Williams' line-up after a powerful two-try performance for Valleys in their 62-14 thrashing of Brothers in the Rockhampton extended competition.
"Sam gets the nod because he has experience at (ISC) level and we have quality opposition this week,” Williams said.
"Justin Tavae will push out to the wing and Sam comes back into the centres.
"Sam was quite good defensively in the three games (rounds 1-3) he had with us at the beginning of the year, so I'm looking for more of the same from him.
"Hopefully he can bring a bit more defensive starch to that edge.”
The Falcons match is the first of three away games for the Capras.
Capras co-captain Guy Williams will play his 200th Queensland Cup match.
Meanwhile, Capras prop Matt Groat has pleaded guilty to a Grade 1 striking charge and will miss one week.
Sunshine Coast Falcons v CQ Capras at Sunshine Coast Stadium on Sunday, April 16 - 2.30pm
Sunshine Coast Falcons
1. Jahrome Hughes 2. Matthew Soper-Lawler 3. Eddie Tautali 4. Justin Olam 5. Samuel Wright 6. Alex Bishop (c) 7. Guy Hamilton 19. Liam McDonald 9. Brandon Smith 10. Vincent Leuluai 22. Jye Ballinger 12. Jon Grieve 13. Lachlan Timm 14. Sean Yorston 15. Harrison Muller 16. Christian Morris 18. Martin Cordwell
Coach: Craig Ingebrigtsen
1. Tony Tumusa 2. Ken Tofilau 3. Samuel Smith 4. Junior Kirisome 5. Justin Tavae 6. Reece Baker 7. Jack Madden 8. TBA 9. Krys Freeman 10. Oliver Percy 11. William Cullen 12. Guy Williams (c) 13. Gavin Hiscox (c) 14. Maipele Morseau 15. Aleki Falepaini 16. Jack Kavanagh 17. Phill Nati 18. Ayden Cooper 19. Vic Halfpenny 21. Chanel Seigafo
Coach: Kim Williams