Comets fall in end
THE CQ Comets produced their best hour of football for the 2011 Intrust Super Cup but it was not enough to get them home.
Supporters at Browne Park were treated to a rarity as the Comets scored the first try of the game against Redcliffe Dolphins.
Too often this season the Comets have been forced to play catch up but when recent signing Matt Templeman used his strength to get over the line and dot the ball down, despite being wrapped up in the tackle, it appeared the Comets fortunes may have changed for the better.
Nat Bowman calmly slotted the extras and the Comets appeared to be on their way to a good result and not the 44-18 loss that eventuated.
Unfortunately for the Comets and their coach Wayne Barnett the record books only show the score and give no indication that with 15 minutes remaining the Comets were still well within reach of the Dolphins.
The visitors eased into a lead after lapses by the Comets let them in.
Comets captain Guy Williams saw a chance to get a second try on the board and tried a low percentage pass off the first tackle and from that set of six the visitors opened their account through fullback Hayden Topliss.
Bowman produced a try-saving tackle but the Dolphins were on a roll and big Adam Marr powered over to make it 12-6 but then a disappointing error from Comets winger BJ Munns – failing to put the ball dead in the in-goal – gave the Dolphins a 18-6 lead.
James Crombie had been looking to impress against his former teammates and he lived up to his word as he, man of the match Tim Glasby and interchange forward Brent Williams gave the Comets the impetus they needed.
Reward came with a second Templeman try as he crashed over after a quick pass from Tevita Latu.
The turning point of the game came early in the second half after the teams had gone try-for-try. Dallas Williams grabbed a good try when stand-off Ian Webster hobbled off with a leg injury with Dolphins ahead 26-18 after a Liam Georgetown penalty.
Then the Dolphins started to run through the ruck area and destroyed the Comets defence to add three unanswered tries in the final minutes.
Redcliffe 44 (Hayden Topliss, Liam Georgetown, Dan Cross, Matt Handcock, Adam Marr (2), Allan Heldsinger tries, Georgetown 8 goals) def CQ Comets 18 (Matthew Templeman (2), Dallas Williams tries Nat Bowman 3 goals)
Tweed Heads 26 def Northern Pride 12
Easts 38 def Sunshine Coast 28
Burleigh 7 def Mackay 6
Wynnum Manly 12 drew Ipswich Jets 12
Souths Logan 40 def Norths 0