Sharks narrowly beat Comets

CENTRAL Comets young second rower Tyron Haynes is taking a broken finger in his stride.

Haynes was forced from the field 20 minutes into the Comets' gutsy 18-16 loss to the Cronulla Sharks at Rockhampton's Browne Park on Saturday night.

X-rays yesterday morning confirmed the break with Haynes now restricted to gym and fitness work for the next two weeks.

The injury means Haynes, 19, will miss the Comets' next trial game against the North Queensland Young Guns in Mackay this Saturday with Comets coach Matt Parish naming his team tomorrow night.

Haynes is willing to sit out the remaining pre-season period before launching into the Queensland Wizard Cup.

After playing six games for the Comets last season in the centres Haynes is keen to tackle another year with an exciting buzz around the club.

"Everyone wants to play this year and we're a lot fitter than last year,'' Haynes said.

This determination was evident in the Comets' performance against the Sharks.

The home side held a 10-0 lead at half-time, thanks to some bone-crunching defence which rattled the Sharks on their tryline.

However, handling errors proved costly early in the second half with the Sharks biting back to gain the upper hand.

Parish was impressed with his team's defence, but disappointed in their ball handling skills, and the 16-7 penalty count in the Sharks' favour.

Parish said everyone played well in patches, but he was impressed with Odell Manuall (centre/wing), acting captain Andrew Dale and Haynes.

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