Comets can't get a break
CLOSE, but unfortunately for the CQ Comets the cigar remains firmly wedged in the packet.
Going into the match with three losses, there was little optimism outside the team camp that the Comets could come away from Tweed Heads with a victory.
However, in the end it was a close-run thing, with the Comets a little unfortunate to come away from the match with a 26-22 loss.
Luke Dyer scored a couple of tries, while Comets' player of the day Tyron Haynes scored one and prop Tim Glasby the other.
Unfortunately it was not good enough, as Tweed Heads outscored them by five tries to four.
Coach Wayne Barnett knows it could have been all so different. The Comets started the game well, with Dyer going over to score.
Tweed hit back through Nat Barnes and James Wood, but a further try to Dyer and one from Glasby gave the Comets a 16-12 half-time lead.
For the second time this season, however, the Comets went out with a lead and the advantage of the breeze in the second spell, only to come away a loser.
“We did not have the best start after half-time,” Comets captain Guy Williams said.
The Seagulls capitalised on errors and gained a lead that the Comets could not overcome, despite finishing strongly, Williams said.
Barnett had a similar view of the game.
“We did a lot of things right but a few errors cost us the game,” he said.
“We went back to basics and worked on our structure. Hopefully we can carry on for our next game against Mackay.”
There were bright spots for the Comets, who had failed to even get on the scoreboard in their last match, with Norths.
Also, there is a possibility Nick Kenny will rejoin the Comets squad for the home match with Mackay. The weeks are also passing for Alan Rothery, who will be available in round seven after suspension.
James Crombie impressed despite getting limited time, while Mick Esdale provided his normal, solid contribution.
Barnett said Nat Bowman, who kicked three goals, came through the match without reoccurrence of the problems that sidelined him for the Norths match.
The coach is also happy with the progress of Bowman's partner in the halves, Nathan Barraclough.
The elusive first win of the season seems a little closer for the Comets, and Barnett believes once his team does get a victory it will herald a turnaround, because of the confidence his players will gain.