Comets back to their best
THE message is clear – The boys are back.
On Saturday night at Browne Park the CQ Comets tore apart a confident Norths Devils to win the Intrust Super Cup match 34-16.
Jade Williams has had a difficult season but Norths will testify how good he is when in full flight. Williams scored four of the Comets’ six tries and looked dangerous every time he had the ball.
Coach Wayne Barnett could not disguise his delight at watching his team topple the leader, having given its illustrious opponent a 12 point start in the process.
This match proved what Barnett and chief executive Scott Minto have been saying all season – that, on paper, this is the best Comets squad the club has assembled.
Barnett admits the next step is to try to get consistency in the Comets’ game.
“We’ve had one great game but now we have to put it together each week,” he said.
“The difference was our confidence. Confidence is not something you can coach, it is personal.”
Although a lot of results would have to go the Comets’ way to lift the team into finals contention, there is plenty of incentive to finish the season in a respectable position on the ladder.
The Comets were just about worth their 16-12 half-time lead.
However, nobody could have denied them their second-half superiority.
“It was a well-worked team effort,” Barnett said.
“We had spoken about keeping things simple.”
The coach was delighted to see Williams back at his best.
“I was very happy for the bloke, as he has had a bit of tragedy in his life,” Barnett said.
“Football is a big part of his life and he is one of the best finishers around.”
The Comets also got a boost from the return of Chris Beasley, whose defensive work was outstanding.
Beasley hobbled off late in the game but Barnett said it was not a major injury.