Sofa pushes mission plan
By AARON KELLY ? KIWI enforcer Fili Sofa insists the Central Comets won't be Tigers prey when they take on the Queensland Cup leaders at Rockhampton's Browne Park tomorrow.
One of Central's best performers during the opening five rounds, Sofa wants to continue his powerful start to the season against the competition's in-form prop ? Tiger Lee Coghill.
But the 112kg giant knows his team mates must join him as they band together in pursuit of their first victory in 2005.
"We definitely need a win,'' the quietly-spoken Sofa said.
"We're just lacking something and need to get our structure right and dig in and play for the entire 80 minuts.''
While Sofa has been the "iceman'' for the winless Comets in pressure situations this season, hard-hitting Easts counterpart Coghill recaptured his form with a hat-trick in his team's 36-22 win over Tweed Heads last weekend.
Tigers coach Michael Booth this week revealed the mass exodus of players from last year's Tigers squad to the NRL had inspired Coghill.
"I think guys like him realise they have an opportunity at this club to get back into the NRL,'' Booth said.
"They've seen all the other blokes that have gone and are making the most of it.''
Sofa fired the first shot yesterday when he declared he was ready for the challenge.
"There is still heaps of room for improvement,'' the 22year-old said of his bright start.
"It's a good opportunity this weekend, but I just want to play consistent and take it week-to-week.''
Comets coach Neale Crow has ordered his front-row combination this week to match Coghill and company in an attempt to catch the Tigers on the back foot.
"All of our forwards have to step up,'' Crow said.
"They're (Easts) coming up to our territory and we just need to unload.'' Comets halfback Aoterangi Herangi was last night facing a fitness test on a leg injury.
Herangi suffered a cork at training on Thursday night, with teenagers Mitch Wyatte and Adam Geddes possible replacements if the dynamic playmaker is ruled out.
Utility Dallas Williams is also an option after responding to treatment for a recurring knee injury.