Comets fizzle in last minutes

By AARON KELLY ? THE PRESSURE mounted on the Central Comets' hierarchy last night after the club's horror season continued in dramatic fashion at Rockhampton's Browne Park.

The embattled Comets clung onto a disappointing 28-all draw against the last-placed Souths Logan Magpies when a field goal attempt from Magpies halfback Cameron Joyce sailed just wide after the fulltime siren.

The Comets were desperate to record their first victory in this year's Queensland Wizard Cup, but shot themselves in the foot after leading 28-22 in the final 15 minutes.

In a scrappy affair between the competition's two bottom-placed clubs, Comets flyer Dallas Williams scored a superb 65th minute try out wide and fullback Ron Craig nailed a sideline conversion to give the home side what looked to be a match-winning six-point buffer.

However, five minutes later dangerous Magpies centre Bob Blair sliced through the Comets' defence and raced almost 80 metres to score and his centre partner Daniel Bowman converted to level proceedings.

In the dying minutes, Comets captain Mark Henry miscued a longrange field goal attempt before the Magpies swooped on some poor ball security from the home side to steal the momentum.

The look of frustration on the Comets' faces after the match told the story ? another missed opportunity.

For under-fire coach Neale Crow, the draw only fuelled the pressure and expectation on the club to turn their current seven-match losing run around.

The Comets held a 16-10 halftime lead after wing men John Tamanika and Clint Rothery crossed while second-rower Herewini Rangi grabbed an opportunist try.



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