Comets need to dig deep
WAYNE Barnett is hoping by playing the Intrust Super Cup’s current leader, Tweed Heads, it will bring out the best in his under-performing CQ Comets team.
Both teams boast “three from three” records going into the match with the main difference being the Comets are three losses while the Tweed Heads side has all wins.
There is one major change from the team Barnett announced on Tuesday. “Nick Kenny will be playing for the Broncos,” he said.
Coming in to the starting line-up is James Crombie who tried hard against Souths Logan, at Yeppoon, without injecting the power that is expected from him.
Darren Mapp remains a non-starter for the Comets due to a quad muscle injury.
As always, Barnett looks to take a positive from the situation, even though the loss of another of his big men is likely to hurt a side which is already having problems breaking an opposition down.
“It is nearly the same team that we had against the Broncos,” he pointed out. The Comets won that match and now hope they can do the same against a tough opponent like the Seagulls.
“This team has been together for two or three years and have started to hit their straps,” Barnett noted.
In Brad Davis, the Seagulls have a player who has been around a lot longer and he is the man who makes the team tick.
With Davis in the halves is recent signing Matt King who comes to the club from Souths Logan.
“They have also got a good forward pack,” Barnett observed.
Despite this, the coach thinks he has seen a few weaknesses the Comets can exploit.
“Maybe we have to get under their skin,” he suggested.
Coming off the back of last weekend’s 34-0 loss to Norths, a team Tweed Heads comfortably disposed of the week before, 32-10, Barnett said the players had not worked on anything specific during the week.
“Just everything to do with rugby league,” he joked.
The return of Nat Bowman is a major boost and he will make an impact as he is selected at halfback.
The game could be a milestone for Bowman as he needs just two points to reach the 500-point marker in the Queensland Cup.
Going into round four, the Comets have suffered their share of injuries but the news on Ian Webster is promising.
“Ian probably could play, but we want him to rest another week as it was a rib injury,” Barnett said.
Junior Auru remains on the longer-term injured list and is not expected on the field for another four weeks after breaking a big toe in four places.