Central Comets centre Odell Manuel terrorises the Wynnum Manly defence.
Central Comets centre Odell Manuel terrorises the Wynnum Manly defence.

Robbed again: Comets



CENTRAL Comets lock Wayne Barnett has played rugby league in New Zealand, France and Australia and not once has he been sent from the field.

But on Saturday night, the Comets' nice guy copped the full brunt of a "disgraceful'' refereeing decision in the team's comefrom-behind 38-all draw with Wynnum Manly.

Just minutes into the round four match at Browne Park, Barnett was marched by referee Shane Spicer for a dangerous throw, an action which also saw Wynnum Manly pair Shaun Daylight and Chris Young placed on report later in the game.

"You only send people off for intentional things and there was nothing intentional about it,'' a frustrated Comets coach Matt Parish said yesterday.

It was the second week in a row the Comets have been left to ponder, after being on the wrong side of an 11-0 second-half penalty count against Redcliffe.

Still fuming yesterday, Parish, who will lodge an official complaint to the QRL today, said the club was just looking for some consistency from the competition's whistleblowers.

"We could be quite easily sitting on six points but for some disgraceful refereeing we're on three,'' Parish fired.

"Enough is enough.''

Despite being reduced to 12 players, a spirited Comets outfit led 16-10 at half-time before Wynnum Manly took advantage of a drop in concentration from the home side after the break.

Down 38-32 in the dying seconds, man-of-the-match Peter Penaia put on a rampaging run to set up centre Odell Manuel for the converted try that tied the match.

"We've got to learn how to win and drive the nail in. I keep saying it but if we can compete for 80 minutes we're going to win a lot of games,'' Parish said.

Asked what areas of improvement he was looking for in this weekend's clash against the Toowoomba Clydesdales, Parish replied: "Refereeing.



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