BILOELA Rugby Union suffered their first defeat of the 2012 season with a 15-7 loss to Cap Coast in Emu Park on Saturday.
Biloela started the game lethargically and struggled to maintain possession and field position for much of the first half.
Cap Coast opened the scoring after eight minutes with a converted try.
Biloela were unable to clear a cross field kick which was swooped on by Cap Coast who crossed under the post to give them a 7-0 early lead.
Biloela's defence tightened with Andrew Mathews, Dean McCulloch, Todd Jensen and Matt Engel leading the way.
Again Biloela paid the price for poor execution when they missed three lineouts in a row which gave Cap Coast excellent field position.
From the ensuing lineout they were able to establish a driving maul that eventually provided space for the try.
The conversion was unsuccessful and gave Cap Coast a 12-nil lead at half-time.
Biloela responded to the call with increased intensity in the second half.
Experienced players Col Ritchie, Chris Dawson and Justin Pokarier led the way.
Eventually this pressure resulted in a lineout inside the Cap Coast 22.
Biloela secured the ball through Caine Austin and formed a well constructed driving maul.
Chris Dawson was able to cross over for a Biloela try which was converted by Justin Pokarier to narrow the gap 12-7 with 20 minutes to go.
An arm wrestle ensued as both teams tried to assert their authority.
Cap Coast was able to extend their lead in the final 10 minutes with a penalty to give them a 15-7 lead.
Biloela worked hard and had the best of the opportunities in the final 10 minutes but wasn't able to close the gap.
Biloela coach Dean Brewer said the team paid the price for not being mentally ready to compete at the start of the game.
"We implemented some elements of the game plan well but basic errors and not being committed to the contest in the first half cost us," he said.
"It is important that we learn these lessons in the early stages in the season and bounce back stronger for it."
Biloela's best on the day were Col Ritchie, Justin Pokarier and Chris Dawson who was named man of the match.
The players' player was award to Col Ritchie for his strong efforts in attack and defence.
Biloela has a chance at redemption against University in Rockhampton at 2pm on Saturday.