Capras’ Mitchell Zornig hopes his team will show high intensity in the match at Browne Park.
Capras’ Mitchell Zornig hopes his team will show high intensity in the match at Browne Park. Allan Reinikka

Zornig happy as old hand

AT 21 years of age, Mitch Zornig is in the position of being one of the most experienced players in the Capras squad.

The nuggetty centre does not see that as a negative and is happy with the progress being made by his teammates.

"It's pretty good, considering our boys have not played much Queensland Cup," he said.

The squad does have players with experience, like Tim Glasby, Alan Rothery and James Cronbie, and they have earned the respect of the younger members.

Zornig said Rothery put in a great show against Ipswich Jets and was inspirational but admits the big forward carries his rampaging style on to the training pitch.

"He is a hard man to tackle," he said.

Despite enjoying being a part of the young Capras line-up, Zornig still holds ambitions of an NRL career.

Having been a part of the Cowboys set-up during his teens, Zornig had the misfortune to suffer an ASL injury in 2010. He returned to play most of last season with the Comets and has impressed in the opening games of this year's Intrust Super Cup with the Capras.

"The knee is fully good now," he said.

Zornig is aware his NRL dream will remain alive, as long as he continues playing good football, until he is in his mid-20s.

The young centre is thrilled with the atmosphere at Browne Park this season, especially for Sunday's match with the Jets.

"Hopefully everyone in CQ will support us," he said. "On Sunday you could hear everyone yelling in the background.

"It definitely helps when the crowd is getting into it."

However, it wasn't just the crowd that prompted the Capras' second-half comeback.

"John (Harbin) gave us a good speech at half-time," Zornig said with a grin, "If the game had gone an extra five minutes we would have had them."

Zornig calls on the players and crowd to bring that enthusiasm into tonight's match with Northern Pride.

"Coming off a loss to Souths they will be fired up and ready to go," he said.

The Pride will be full of experienced players like former Cowboy and State of Origin star Ty Williams and Brett Anderson, the man Zornig is expecting to mark up against, who has played NRL with clubs like the Eels.

Zornig is confident the Capras can give pride a shock, given some of the inexperienced players have surprised with the speed they have adapted to the state competition.

Sailosi Vatubua has been impressive, as has big forward Dave McCellan, while fullback Reece Baker has been outstanding.

"He has put in a Matty Bowen effort, as he's so hard to tackle. He is pretty slippery," Zornig said of Baker.

Coach John Harbin has added two to the squad of 17 players beaten 36-28 by the Ipswich Jets on Sunday for tonight's match with Northern Pride.

"We've added Reece Goldsmith, who is getting over a rib injury, and Gavin Duffy," he said. "I thought Gavin led Brothers (local competition) around pretty well on Saturday."

With two to drop out, it gives Brent Williams and Russel Webber, who was injured at training, a chance to prove their fitness today to gain selection.

Like Zornig, Harbin wants the Capras to show the same intensity as they did in Sunday's second half.

"They were too willing to accept what was happening to them," he said. "At half-time I was trying to get them to change their attitude."

Harbin, too, believes the players' willingness to learn is winning over fans.

"If they are willing to have a go then the fans will stay with them," he said. "Crowds at home give us a bit of confidence.

"It (Sunday) brought back memories of the old Capras' days."

With a four-day turn around the players have had some light training sessions this week.

"We've probably focused on recovery," Harbin said. "At the pool session there was plenty of laughter, which shows the spirit is good."

Kick-off at Browne Park is at 7pm, with gates opening at 5.30pm.

Qld Cup round 5

CQ Capras: 1. Reece Baker 2. Tyron Cranston 3. Brent Williams 4. Mitch Zornig 5. Sailosi Vatubua 6. Casey Bromilow 7. Jon Tavinor 8. Tim Glasby (c) 9. Cheyenne Motu 10. James Taputu-Crombie 11. Alan Rothery 12. Ben Faulkner 13. Gavin Hiscox 14. Josh Tanner 15. Dave McLellan 16. John Clayton 17. Russell Webber, 18.Gavin Duffy, 19. Reece Goldsmith

Northern Pride: 1. Ty Williams (c) 2. Hezron Murgha 3. Brett Anderson 4. Davin Crampton 5. Kalifa Faifai Loa 6. Ryan Ghietti 7. Mitchell Seri 8. Scott Bolton 9. Jason Roos 10. Ben Laity 11. Ethan Lowe 12. Cory Paterson 13. Ben Spina 14. Rod Jensen 15. Noel Underwood 16. Luke Saunders 17. Luke Harlen.

Kick-off tonight: 7 o'clock.

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