French im­port joins Capras ranks for round 15

The Morning Bulletin - - SPORT - Me­lanie Plane me­lanie.plane@cap­ Capras:

THE Cen­tral Queensland Capras may boast a touch of French foot­ball flair when they take to the field this week­end with Charles Bouz­inac poised to make his de­but.

The 22-year-old hooker re­cently ditched the vine­yards of Lézig­nan-Cor­bières, in the Langue­doc-Rous­sil­lon re­gion of south­ern France, for a shot at the Queensland In­trust Su­per Cup with the Rock­hamp­ton Leagues Club CQ Capras.

Bouz­inac is ex­pected to get his first taste of ISC rugby league when the Capras take on Norths Devils at Bund­aberg’s Sal­ter Oval on Satur­day night.

The in­ter­na­tional re­cruit had his in­tro­duc­tion to the Aus­tralian rugby league last week­end when he de­buted in the lo­cal league play­ing for Norths Charg­ers.

Capras coach KimWil­liams was so pleased with his per­for­mance he brought him into the CQ squad of 20 - all vy­ing for a spot in the Bund­aberg game.

“He was rec­om­mended to us by GuyWil­liams who has been play­ing over in France and is a for­mer cap­tain and vet­eran player,” Wil­liams said.

“Their sea­son ended about two weeks ago. Charles is a qual­ity player. He played for the French na­tional un­der-17 and un­der-19 teams as cap­tain and rep­re­sented the French un­der-25 team this year so he has qual­ity and is a good de­fender.”

Com­ing off the back of a nar­row win over north­ern ri­vals Mackay Cut­ters last week­end, the Capras side should be buoyed by self-con­fi­dence head­ing into their sec­ond encounter with the Devils this sea­son.

The last time these two teams met, back in round two, Norths Devils up-staged the Capras at Browne Park to se­cure a 32-24 vic­tory.

The Capras will cer­tainly be keep­ing an eye on Devils half­back Todd Murphy who se­cured a hat-trick of tries in the last encounter.

Murphy also had a per­fect night off the boot, con­vert­ing five tries and kick­ing a late penalty goal.

Sit­ting in 12th place on the lad­der and com­ing off the back of a two-point loss to Ip­swich Jets on their home turf last round, the Devils will be out to re­deem them­selves.

But with a parochial Bund­aberg crowd of CQ sup­port­ers back­ing them, the Capras will make the Devils work hard on the pad­dock.

Last week’s win saw the Capras scrape them­selves back into eighth place on the ISC lad­der and an­other win could see them into in the top six.

Capras v Norths Devils at Sal­ter Oval, Bund­aberg on Satur­day at 6pm.

Reece Baker, Ju­nior Kiri­some, Bran­don Manase, Justin Tavae, Adam Henry, Maipele Morseu, Matt Minto, Gavin His­cox, Josh Mitchell, Peter Gallen, Vic Half­penny, Bill Cullen, Sam­son Gra­ham, Aleki Fale­paini, Chanel Seigafo, Ay­den Cooper, Mark John­stone, Tar­rant Mariner, Liam Pick­ers­gill and Charles Bouz­inac.


NEW RE­CRUIT: French re­cruit Charles Bouz­inac watches on as the Rock­hamp­ton Leagues Club Capras take on Mackay Cut­ters.

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