Comets burn out early

THE Comets looked to be in the box seat mid-way through the second spell but the Redcliffe Dolphins came home strongly to win 28-22.

It began at the kick-off, as Ian Webster struck the ball beautifully. Too well, in fact, and it sailed over the Dolphins in-goal and into the crowd.

That gave the Dolphins the start they needed and within the first set of six they were ahead as Roberts’ little grubber was watched by the Comets defence, who stood motionless to let fullback Ryan Cullen in for the softest try he will score all season.

When the Comets did settle they began to play some good football.

They were rewarded when the ball went through the hands of a number of players before Karl Johnson off-loaded to Josh Bishop, who powered over.

With Tyron Haynes and the big men Mapp, Alan Rothery and Aaron Summers getting through a ton of work the Comets got on top. When Cullen made a meal of a kick through, Junior Auru pounced and kept the ball alive with a flick pass to Johnson to score.

Big Paul Ivan got the scores level when he powered over in the corner.

The Comets struck again through Mick Esdale, after Rothery ran at the Dolphins defence and got the ball to Bishop, who found Esdale in support for the try.

On the half-time siren Redcliffe drew level as Tom Butterfield was adjudged to have got the ball down after a couple of passes in the lead-up appeared to drift forward.

If anyone on the park deserved a try it was Rothery. He got his reward after good lead-up work by Tim Glasby and Esdale, with Rothery coming in at the angle to add the finishing touch.

Another Matt Minto kick had the Comets looking good at 22-16.

In the final minute of playing with 12 men Ivan crashed through again to score and pull it back to level terms.

The Comets will be kicking themselves for gifting the final try to the Dolphins.

It was a hard match, with the Comets losing Chris Beasley to the blood bin in the first half and Redcliffe losing a second rower in the second half with a knee injury.

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