Seesaw Comets go down
NEALE Wyatt can be happy with his personal performance in his 100th Intrust Super Cup appearance but he will be looking at the Comets loss on Saturday night at Browne Park as one that could have ended so differently.
Wyatt capped his own display off with a well-taken try during a spell in the match where the CQ Comets lifted their small band of fans with an exhilarating comeback against table-topping Tweed Heads.
It was a strange game with the Comets looking like the league’s top side in the early stages of both halves before losing 34-20.
However, a football match is not about what a team can manage is short spurts but over the full 80 minutes and that is why Tweed Heads sits at the top and the Comets among the stragglers.
There were some good displays by the Comets apart from Wyatt.
Captain Guy Williams played his normal solid game and started the move for one of his team’s tries scored by fullback Daniel Bartlett who is proving to be an exciting prospect.
Bartlett has plenty of confidence and courage and showed both of these assets during the match with solid tackling and some pacy runs.
At 17 Bartlett is not the finished article but is shaping for a bright future in the game.
Assistant coach Jason Green is in little doubt that Tweed Heads position on the Intrust Super Cup ladder is no fluke.
“The game is about momentum but you have to maintain it,” he said.
“To Tweed’s credit when they lose momentum they still compete.”
Luke Dyer scored the Comets’ opener but by half-time the home side looked to be out of the contest as Tweed took a 22-4 lead into the sheds after tries to Brad Davis, two to Tom Merritt and another from the best player on the park, Seagulls hooker Kayne Lawton.
However, straight after the break the Comets had their best patch of football for the season and in a 13-minute spell had pulled back that lead through tries from Bartlett, Wyatt and Dallas Williams.
That is where the Comets night ended.
They still had the momentum when the Seagulls were penalised just inside the Comets half but Ian Webster tried to kick too deep and the ball was kept in play with Lawton grabbing his second try of the night during that set of six.
Injury woes for the Comets include Tyron Haynes who had a massive gash on his forehead which forced him from the park to be replaced by Chris Gesch at centre, and Dallas Williams who was concussed late in the match.
“There were plenty of good things we could take from the game,” Green said.