Sport

Capewell's treble brings debut call

Luke Capewell
Luke Capewell Bruce Thomas

BECAUSE he was in transit from New Zealand, Anthony Griffin did not see Luke Capewell score three tries for Redcliffe last Sunday, but the news was enough to reaffirm what the Broncos coach already knew.

"The kid has been in really good form - he deserves his chance," Griffin said when explaining why he had selected a specialist half on the bench for Friday night's blockbuster against the Sea Eagles, not a hooker.

Capewell will make his Broncos debut in the No.14 jersey worn for the majority of the season by Ben Hunt, who has been called up to cover for injured halfback Peter Wallace.

The Broncos-Sea Eagles clash, with a 7pm kick-off, is the first of a Suncorp Stadium double-header with the Bulldogs and Titans to clash at 8.45pm.

Deputy hooker Kurt Baptiste was expected to fill the vacant bench spot, but Capewell's form, according to the coach, was too good to ignore.

"Luke is in better form at the moment, and he gives us a little more variety," Griffin said of the 23-year-old who played fullback, wing and in the halves during his 35-game NRL career with the Rabbitohs and Titans.

Hunt, who has made the majority of his 50 NRL appearances from the bench, was outstanding at halfback when he again deputised for Wallace against the Raiders in round seven.

The Sea Eagles have again overlooked Keiran Foran, who has been sidelined with a hamstring injury since round five. In an otherwise unchanged side, David Williams returns on the wing.

The Titans have also overlooked skipper Scott Prince for the second game of the double-header. After he trained strongly on Monday, coach John Cartwright speculated Prince may be right to return from a bicep tear, but the veteran halfback has not been named.

Will Zillman is back at fullback after missing last week's golden-point loss to the Tigers and Jordan Rankin and Aiden Sezer have swapped places in the halves.

Topics:  brisbane broncos, luke capewell, nrl, sea eagles




Join the Community.

Get your local news, your way.

Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Bushfire danger period declared over for Clarence

BE CAREFUL: Despite the bushfire danger period ending in the Clarence the community should not become complacent to the danger of bushfires.

NSW RFS has declared an end to the Bush Fire Danger Period

Short and sweet

CURTAINS, LIGHTS: Bent Bridge Film Festival organisers Wendy Gibbs, Danny Loyden and Sammy Lovejoy get ready at the Pelican Playhouse for screenings this Sunday.

Two hours, 15 films, all local flavour

Rebel’s ban supporter

Rebels Luke Welch during the first grade rugby league match between the South Grafton Rebels and the Sawtell Panthers at McKittrick Park South Grafton on Sunday, 10th April, 2016. Photo Debrah Novak / The Daily Examiner

South Grafton club ban supporter after a physical altercation

Latest deals and offers

Ben Hunt wary of Sharks Halfback

Ben Hunt of the Broncos looks to pass during the round 23 NRL match between the Brisbane Broncos and the St George Illawarra Dragons at Suncorp Stadium.

Ben Hunt talks about Cronulla's Chad Townsend.

Broncos prepare for Sharks

Defensive training session at the Broncos

Tough defensive session in preparation for Sharks game.

Port Arthur 1996

Port Arthur Tasmania

ABC news report from April 28 1996.

How a sacked real estate agent made $725k in four months

Agent is now under investigation by the industry watchdog

VIDEO: Art Deco fan pays $835,000 for Imperial Hotel

No Caption

Iconic "Impy" sold at a bargan price to bidder who loves Art Deco.

RBA warns of future apartment oversupply

Toowoomba: Crest Apartments and Burke & Wills, Ruthven Street ( view from Neil Street) Photo Bev Lacey / The Chronicle

RBA says oversupply of apartments poses risk to household finances