Comeback may be in the stars for top Comet


CENTRAL Comets captain Mark Henry could be rushed back from injury for Saturday's crucial round 18 Queensland Wizard Cup clash against the Souths Logan Magpies in Blackwater.

Henry, 24, was not named yesterday for the Comets' must-win match, but coach Neale Crow has not ruled out the inspirational leader making a return.

On the comeback trail from a knee inury, the Queensland Country representative trained strongly on Tuesday night. He has not played since starring for Queensland Country in Brisbane last month.

Stand-in skipper Herewini Rangi (neck) and back-rower Todd Brandon (shoulder) are the only casualties from Sunday's heart-breaking 32-22 loss to competition leaders Burleigh in Rockhampton.

Crow said both players would be given every chance to prove their fitness.

The Magpies are chasing their third straight win ? a feat the club has not achieved since 1999 with a team that featured future NZ Warriors players Francis Meli and Henry Faafili.

Souths Logan coach Phil Economidis said it was a big game for both clubs as the Comets still search for an elusive first win of the season.

The game kicks-off at Hinricks Oval at 3.30pm.

Magpies: 1 Eddie Dodd, 2 Jacob Christie, 3 Bob Blair, 4 Tanu Wulf, 5 Craig Chapman, 6 Nathaniel Bowman, 7 Cameron Joyce, 8 Stan Fau, 9 Scott Smith, 10 Ashley Lanfranchi, 11 Darren Glase (c), 12 Matt Bell, 13 Gerry Ahern. Interchange: 14 Joe Pitt, 15 Tee Levu, 16 Daniel Joyce, 17 Adrian Maloney. Coach: Phil Economidis. Comets: 1 Clint Rothery, 2 Trent McKinlay, 3 Matt Hill, 4 Tyron Haynes, 5 Paul Albury, 6 Mitch Wyatte, 7 Adam Geddes, 8 Kurt Cawrdon, 9 Herewini Rangi (c), 10 Mick Esdale, 11 Todd Brandon, 12 Andrew Dale, 13 Trent Callaghan. Interchange: 14 Toby Wallace, 15 John Faupula, 16 John Bidgood, 17 Fili Sofa. Coach: Neale Crow.

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