By George, the big fella's back
REBORN Central Comets enforcer George Tuakura would love nothing more than to prove his critics wrong once more in Mackay this weekend. Tuakura, 32, will continue his Queensland Wizard Cup comeback in the Comets' long-awaited round 10 grudge match against competition newcomers the Mackay Cutters on Saturday night. After falling out of favour with former coach Steve Anderson last season, Tuakura is back to his barnstorming best after receiving a call-up for the Comets' 34-32 round six win over Tweed Heads. The former New Zealand Warriors forward admitted yesterday he was going to "chuck it in" during the off-season until he rediscovered his love for the game with Rockhampton Brothers. "The enjoyment's back, especially coming from Brothers," Tuakura said. "I was going to rest up and chuck it in (but) they gave me the fire in the belly to get back into it." Tuakura, who will make his first starting appearance in the front row since his return against the Cutters on Saturday night, even had a shot at basketball in the off-season to keep up his fitness. "I was lost, real lost," he laughed. After a previous stint with the Comets, Tuakura returned to Rockhampton last season with his family, wife Peggy and four sons, Tyrone (10), George Jnr (8), Malachi (3) and Keahn (1) after narrowly missing out on an NRL debut with the Warriors. "I was 18th man lots of times - I was just so close, I could smell it," he said. Tuakura said a victory on the road this weekend would be a much-needed confidence boost after last weekend's 54-16 loss to Ipswich. The Cutters' line-up includes former Comets utility Cody Norton and Brothers centre Sam Granville.