Esdale only change for Comets NQ showdown
CENTRAL Comets coach Matt Parish does not need to remind his side about the importance of Saturday's trial against the North Queensland Young Guns in Mackay.
It is the last chance for players to stake a claim for selection in the Queensland Wizard Cup season opener against Easts on March 11.
Parish will field an almost unchanged line-up to that which lost 18-16 to the Cronulla Sharks last weekend.
The Comets mentor has rushed Mick Esdale back into the team for injured backrower Tyron Haynes (broken finger).
Haynes is expected to return for the Wizard Cup opener.
Although impressed with his team's defence against the Sharks, Parish said he was looking for improvement.
"At times we were good and at others we were pretty ordinary,'' he said.
Parish also wants his team to improve ball security, and play for 80 minutes against a Young Guns outfit which thumped a Papua New Guinea development side 58-4 last weekend.
"They're going to be tough, but it will be good to see how we've come up,'' Parish said.
"We've got a very new team and plenty of stuff to do, by that I mean work on our combi- nations.''
The Comets will play the curtainraiser to the Cowboys v Souths trial.
Central Comets: Wade Rothery, Dean Loader, McConkie Tauasa, Odell Manuel, Jim McConachy, Scott Porter, Denny Lambert, Mick Esdale, Andrew Dale, Marty Oborn, Kristian Mene, Herewini Rangi, Aaron Sweeney. Interchange: Peter Penaia, Ryan Peters, Darren Rodgers, Jade Wogand, Mitchel Smith, Yoren Major, Daniel Roberts.