A strong session against the Brisbane Broncos has prepared Norths Devils for tomorrow night’s home clash with Hostplus Cup competition leaders CQ Capras.
The Devils had an opposed training session with the Broncos on Wednesday night as the NRL team prepared for its Queensland derby with the Gold Coast Titans.
When the Broncos run out to meet the Titans, the Devils will be deep in battle with a Capras team that has been the most improved in the Hostplus Cup over the last two seasons.
The Capras finished last in 2021, winning just one match.
But they were transformed last year, almost knocking over the Devils in a thrilling Bishop Park clash in the rain on an autumn night. It took a late try from the premiers to hold off the Capras.
Later in the season, the Devils travelled to Rockhampton for a tight win during the seven-game winning streak that delivered Norths back-to-back premierships.
This year, the Capras have won all four matches and head to Bishop Park on top of the ladder.
Devils back Connor Broadhurst – a Central Queensland product and former Capra – said the visitors were showing the strength of good recruitment and retention.
“They’ve been able to put together a really good squad and they’re a very difficult team to play,” Broadhurst said.
“And now that they’re successful, they’re able to better attract players so we know this will be a really tough match.
“We had a good hitout with the Broncos on Wednesday night which was a good way to keep focused after having last weekend off (for Easter break). We’re really looking forward to the challenge tomorrow night.”
Devils coach Dave Elliott will welcome back Liam Horne tomorrow night from a one-game suspension that kept the PNG international out of the 18-18 draw with Souths Logan Magpies.
The Devils have drawn two of their opening four matches and return home for the first time since the Round 2 draw with Redcliffe in the rematch of last year’s grand finalists.