Tevita Latu is set for some big games with the Comets as his team-mates learn more about his style of play.
Tevita Latu is set for some big games with the Comets as his team-mates learn more about his style of play. File

Comets unchanged for Cutters clash

WHILE a win at Tweed Heads would have been ideal, CQ Comets coach Wayne Barnett saw enough last week to name an unchanged starting line-up.

Opponents Mackay Cutters have four points in this year’s Intrust Super Cup, but the Comets will take little from that as the contest between the Central Queensland rivals is always intense.

Also up for grabs is the first piece of silverware for 2011, with the Comets having one hand on the Meng Shield after winning this season’s trial match.

Barnett has made changes on the interchange bench but said nothing can be read into that.

“It is just a chance for some guys to get more time (with their clubs),” he said.

Nick Kenny is likely to stay with the Broncos after coming off the bench against the Knights.

Without Kenny and the injured Darren Mapp, the Comets look a little light in the forwards but that is not a concern to the coach.

“We’ll have a running front row,” he said. “We’ve had one of the smallest packs in the competition for a number of seasons.”

The good news for the Comets is the return of the lively Ian Webster after missing two matches through a rib injury.

His return gives the Comets a little bit more flexibility as he is able to interchange with either Nathan Barraclough or Nat Bowman in the halves or with hooker Tevita Latu.

While Latu is an experienced footballer, it has taken time for teammates to build an understanding with him.

Brent Williams, who has been impressive, is expected to be fit after suffering a corked thigh against Tweed Heads.

Saturday night’s match at Browne Park has a 6pm kick-off.



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