Williams proud of tough Capras win over Pride
RUGBY LEAGUE: It wasn't a pretty win by any means but Capras coach Kim Williams was happy to take two Intrust Super Cup competition points back to Rockhampton after a 10-4 win over the Northern Pride at Gladstone's Marley Brown Oval on Saturday night.
The Capras were made to dig deep throughout the contest with both sides engaging in a genuine arm wrestle over the entire 80 minutes.
Ball handling dogged both sides throughout the Round 12 encounter, hindering the Capras' ability to put the contest beyond doubt with no points scored during the second half.
Williams signalled that improvement was needed heading into the Capras' next two games ahead of their Round 15 bye.
"We did it the hard way but two points is two points,” Williams said. "It was good to get away with the victory but we'll certainly need to improve on that.
"We were under the pump for long periods in the second half and had a few injuries so the strength of character and toughness was what got us over the line.
"That was an arm wrestle and we just hung in there ... that was a really tough game to be involved in.
"Both teams were going as hard at it in the last minute as they were in the first minute and that's what we expected so I'm very happy to get away with the win.”
The Capras opened up a 6-0 lead after four minutes when exciting winger Ken Tofilau snuck over in the corner.
The Pride struck back in the 12th minute through opposite winger Marcus Jensen who finished off a neat backline play to take the score to 6-4.
It only took the Capras five minutes to respond when the Pride lost possession in their own in-goal with centre Justin Tavae cleaning up.
Cody Grills couldn't land his wide conversion keeping the score at 10-4 after 18 minutes and for the rest of the match.
The Capras play the struggling Seagulls at Tweed Heads on Sunday.