Comets' losing streak continues
THE CQ Comets are still on a roll but it is one the players and coaching staff will be only too pleased to see end.
Mackay Cutters found too many holes in the Comets' leaky defence to win the Intrust Super Cup match 32-24. It was the Comets' fifth defeat in five rounds.
The Comets appeared to be on the end of a few dodgy decisions, especially a penalty that gave the Cutters an early Easter present, with a kick in front of the posts. That was a critical point in the match, with the Comets a converted try behind, looking to be clawing their way back and looking like they would gain possession from a knock-on when the decision went against them.
The Cutters took the opportunity to hurt the dispirited Comets with two tries to make it 32-12, before the home team rallied late in the match to gain respectability.
Once again it was the errors that really hurt.
The Comets were put under pressure by stand-off Ben Jones's kicking game, with the first two tries, from Zac Dalton and Liam Taylor, coming from kicks.
The livewire Nat Bowman scored a try, which he converted, to bring the home team back into the match, before a clever inside pass allowed Neil Budworth to drop over the line, with Liam Taylor adding the extras.
One of the Comets' best on park, Tyron Haynes, reduced the margin at the interval when he muscled through the Cutters defensive line to keep the Comets well on track with the score 18-12.
The visitors would also have been happy with the score after losing playmaker Todd Seymour with what looked a serious injury when he went down with nobody near him. However, the boot of Taylor and tries by Janan Billings and Jones put the game beyond the Comets, with tries from Mitchell Zornig and a second from Haynes coming too late.
The frustrating part for coach Wayne Barnett is that none of his team could be seen as having a particularly poor match or being the weak link.
Haynes was effective in the centres, fullback Dallas Williams was solid enough, while his brother Guy tackled himself into the ground.
Both wingers, Luke Dyer and Clint Rothery, are potential match-winners but were starved of the football for long portions of the match, while young players like Zornig and Chris Gesch have the skill and enthusiasm to make an impact.
The Comets have next weekend off, before meeting fellow cellar-dweller Wynnum Manly in what has become a must-win match for both teams if their seasons are to stay alive.
INTRUST SUPER CUP
Mackay Cutters 32 (Liam Taylor, Ben Jones, Zac Dalton, Neil Budworth, Janan Billings, tries, Taylor 6 goals) Comets 24 (Tyron Haynes 2, Mitchell Zornig, Nat Bowman tries, Bowman 4 goals.)
Norths 34 Easts 28, Northern Pride 60 Sunshine Coast 10, Redcliffe 44 Ipswich 22, Played yesterday Souths v Burleigh.
Points: 10 Northern Pride, Redcliffe, Tweed Heads, 6 Ipswich, Norths, Mackay, 4 Souths*, 3 Easts, Burleigh*, 0 Wynnum Manly, Comets, Sunshine Coast.
*Sunday game not included.