Trio are on trial for more

Coach is keen to test all play­ers

The Observer - - SPORT - Nick Kos­satch and Pam McKay nick.kos­satch@apn.com.au pam.mckay@cap­news.com.au

RUGBY LEAGUE: Glad­stone’s Jyde Dwyer said he was en­cour­aged with the feed­back he got from CQ Capras coach Kim Wil­liams last week­end.

Af­ter a coura­geous 16-6 loss to NRL pow­er­house Bris­bane Bron­cos at Theodore, Dwyer is con­fi­dent of an­other solid show­ing in trial num­ber two against Townsville Black­hawks to­mor­row night in Mackay.

“He started me off the bench but once I went on, I ended up play­ing a lot more min­utes than I thought and ended up fin­ish­ing the game out there,” he said.

Dwyer will be in the start­ing line-up and joins fel­low Glad­stone play­ers Ryan Flintham and Tyson White.

The pow­er­fully built Dwyer said fit­ness was the key in last week’s ef­fort against the NRL club. “Yes, it def­i­nitely was a faster-paced game but the fit­ness Kim has put us through in pre-sea­son showed out there and we were able to hold our own and sur­prise a lot of peo­ple,” he said.

White, who will play at sec­ond row with Dwyer, missed all of last sea­son with a knee in­jury.

But he said his knee was all good and that he was rea­son­ably happy how he played last week.

“There’s ob­vi­ously room for im­prove­ment and the knee was fine,” he said.

“I’m ex­cited for Ryan (Flintham) to get a crack and also to give us blokes a few more min­utes.”

Wil­liams ex­pects a “highly en­thu­si­as­tic and en­er­getic per­for­mance” from his charges. “It’s a good po­si­tion for us to be in. We’ve got an op­por­tu­nity to see all the play­ers that didn’t get a run this week,” he said.

“It’s the Black­hawks’ first hit-out so I ex­pect they’ll name a very strong line-up.”

Lock Jerry Key will be rested, which will al­low Jamie Hill, who im­pressed off the bench last week, the chance to get some good min­utes.

PHOTO: CHRIS ISON

LEADER: Cap­tain Jack Mad­den led the Capras against the Bris­bane Bron­cos last Satur­day night.

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