Comets still winless

By AARON KELLY

THE CENTRAL Comets' hopes of claiming their first win of the season suffered a major setback at Rockhampton's Browne Park on Saturday night.

Playing an under-manned Norths Devils outfit, the Comets fell 42-16 to slump to their 11th Queensland Cup loss this season. A scintillating 10-minute period in the opening half broke the home side's confidence with Norths racing in four quick tries.

Leading 32-6 at the break, the Devils withheld a spirited comeback from the home side after hooker Herewini Rangi and centre Matt Hill crossed.

Norths' Josh Tatupu and Brenton Stonier bagged doubles. Comets coach Neale Crow said his young charges were shell-shocked after making a promising start.

"We started really well and it (Norths barrage) was a letdown mentally,'' Crow said.

For the Comets, hard-hitting Rangi, 21, was a standout, playing the entire 80-minutes while fellow young gun Tyron Haynes and debutant Paul Albury also impressed.

Crow hopes to have inspirational leader Mark Henry back on deck for this weekend's away match against Easts after the Queensland Country representative missed Saturday night's loss with a knee injury.

Round 16 (July 9/10) ? (Saturday) Redcliffe v North Qld (Dolphin Oval, 2pm), Easts v Central (Langlands Park, 3pm), Souths Logan v Ipswich (Brandon Oval, 3pm), Toowoomba v Wynnum (Clive Berghofer Stadium, 4.45pm), (Sunday) Burleigh v Tweed Heads (Pizzey Park, 3pm), Norths bye.



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