Bowman not Comets saviour
NAT Bowman’s return to the halves for the CQ Comets should give the side direction but coach Wayne Barnett is asking not to expect the play-maker to lift the team on his own.
“Nat is good with ball in hand and has a good kicking game but he’s not the saviour of the side, we need 16 other blokes to put their hands up,” he said.
“It takes hard work and we are not hitting the panic button as we have got a good footy team here.”
Against a very good Norths Devils side the Comets were left with a number of “if only” moments but the reality is they still copped a 34-0 hiding on home soil.
Having conceded an early try the Comets more than held their own territorially and could look to the early injury of Jonathon Tavinor, who suffered a break to his ankle, as a reason why they failed to put points on the board.
Also approaching the interval the Comets were well in the match when down 6-0 but then two quick tries in the final four minutes put the game out of reach.
The Comets also had their best chance of the game when centre Guy Williams made a break only to be hauled down metres from the line.
Barnett viewed the first half display as an improvement in the Comets, but it only lasted 30 minutes.
“I gave the boys a rev up at half time but it seems to have had the opposite effect,” Barnett said.
Instead of lifting, the Comets committed more errors and only completed five of their sets after having the football 16 times.
Brent Williams retains his place after putting in a good display when coming off the interchange against Norths.
Darren Mapp and Ian Webster are still not ready to make a return to the side while Ben Faulkner has failed to gain selection. Barnett said criticism of Nick Kenny is unfair. The Broncos forward has played solidly but has not stood out in matches.
“Nick put in 38 tackles, that is more than you would expect for any front-rower,” he said.
Kenny also played extra minutes and Barnett said he is also being targeted by opposition defences. The coach also believes Nathan Barraclough will be a lot better for last week’s game as it has given him an opportunity to catch up with the pace of Intrust Super Cup football.
This week the Comets travel to Tweed Heads, the current league leader after three matches.
For Saturday afternoon’s match at Tweed Heads
1. Clint Rothery, 2. Luke Dyer, 3. Tyron Haynes, 4. Mitchell Zornig, 5. Dallas Williams, 6. Nathan Barraclough, 7. Nat Bowman, 8. Nick Kenny, 9. Tevita Latu 10. Tim Glasby, 11. Guy Williams©, 12. Mick Esdale, 13. Marc Applegarth: Interchange, 14. Guy Ford, 15. Brent Williams, 16. Daniel Palavi, 17. John Clayton