Comets’ James Crombie was not hiding from the physical stuff despite spending some of the day awaiting his new arrival.
Comets’ James Crombie was not hiding from the physical stuff despite spending some of the day awaiting his new arrival. Chris Ison

Comets' baby bonus

EVEN the birth of his second child couldn't stop CQ Comets powerhouse James Crombie from enjoying his team's win on Saturday.

With the baby imminent Crombie took to the park and played with the all-action style fans expect of him.

The Comets were the red-hot favourite to beat wooden-spooner Sunshine Coast at Browne Park on Saturday.

While the task was completed successfully the home side gave supporters a few anxious moments.

This season the Comets have gone out in the majority of matches and given points away and then played catch-up for the remainder of the game.

Things looked to be going the same way as the Comets failed to put points on the board and then conceded tries to Kane Richards and Kristian Freed to be 10-0 with half an hour of the match gone.

Coach Wayne Barnett was concerned about the team getting into that position although he felt his side was never in any danger of losing the match.

“We still didn't start the way we want to,” Barnett said.

The difference was, against a young team like the Coast, the Comets had too many experienced players on the park and they sensed the competition points were there for the taking.

By the half time interval the complexion of the game had changed totally.

Ian Webster started things off for the Comets with a little kick behind the Coast defensive line which bounced badly for Nat Bowman but which Mitchell Zornig pounced on to score close to the posts.

Webster scored the second himself thanks to a solid line break from Nathan Barraclough who brushed off two tackles before off-loading to his stand-off to give the Comets the lead for the first time, two minutes before the interval, after Nat Bowman had converted both tries.

While the Sunshine Coast were in the match in the first spell, especially when former Rockhampton player Hughie Stanley joined the attack from full back, the second half was one-way traffic.

“They are a young side and can't stand in the battle for long periods,” Barnett said.

While disappointed the Comets did not get more points on the board, the coach was satisfied at giving just six points away after the break.

Mat Templeman, whose running game was explosive, scored his first try in Comets colours and then Guy Williams ended his point-scoring drought with a routine touch-down to give the home side breathing space.

When Tyron Haynes added another it looked to be all over.

However, Sunshine Coast found the courage to bounce back through a Dario Esposito close range thrust with Stanley adding the extras, but the Coast did not have enough in reserve to make a comeback and the hard-working Tim Glasby powered his way through to make the final score 34-16 for the Comets.

On the injury front the main concern for the Comets is a possible hamstring tear from Daniel Palavi.

INTRUST SUPER CUP ROUND NINE

CQ Comets 34 (Mitchell Zornig, Ian Webster, Mat Templeman, Guy Williams, Tyron Haynes, Tim Glasby, tries Nat Bowman (5) goals) def Sunshine Coast 16 (Kane Richards, Kristian Freed, Dario Esposito, tries, Nick Swan, Hughie Stanley, goals)

East 18 def Mackay 6,

Northern Pride 36 def Souths Logan 6,

Redcliffe 32 def Norths 12,

Tweed Heads 18 def Ipswich 8

Wynnum Manly 26 def Burleigh Bears 4



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