Comets on injury alert

By AARON KELLY ? COMETS enforcer Fili Sofa threw a scare into the Central camp last night when he suffered an abdominal injury and is facing an uphill battle to be right in time for this weekend's do-or-die Queensland Cup clash against Ipswich.

Sofa tore his abdominal muscles during the CQU Norths Chargers' 24-all draw with Gladstone Brothers in their Central Queensland Extended League match at Gladstone's Marley Brown Oval yesterday.

The 112kg giant lasted only one tackle as he attempted to play on in the second half of the free-flowing round nine encounter.

The winless Comets take on the Jets, who are coming off a 24-22 loss to Tweed Heads, on Saturday night.

Sofa's injury was one of many in a physical battle for the Chargers, who also lost hooker Luke Scott (corked thigh) and halfback Ricky Fuller (eye).

The Chargers had a chance in the final minutes to snatch a last-gasp victory, but with a three-man overlap and the try- line in sight they coughed up possession.

"Both sides had their opportunities to win,'' Chargers coach Darryl Horstman said.

"It was a real see-sawing game.''

Despite the draw, the Chargers, who play Fitzroy-Gracemere for the John Jarro Shield this weekend, retain their premiership lead.

Gladstone Brothers must now focus on this weekend's grudge match against their inform Rockhampton counterparts.

The tearaway attacking style of second-rowers Grant Broadhurst and Todd Brandon lifted Rockhampton Brothers to a determined 26-12 win over premiers Wallabys at Rockhampton's Victoria Park on Saturday night.

The home side scored six tries to two to overpower Wallabys in a hard-hitting contest.

Rockhampton Brothers fullback Sam Granville led the big hits, with a driving tackle on his Wallabys opposite Ron Craig.

"Our defence was magnificent,'' Rockhampton Brothers coach Steve Parle said.



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