Comets go top after resounding win

Despite their efforts, Macksville were not able to overcome a fast finishing Coffs Comets outfit going down 40-24 at Allan Gillett Oval.
Despite their efforts, Macksville were not able to overcome a fast finishing Coffs Comets outfit going down 40-24 at Allan Gillett Oval. Nick Houghton

A BIG second half has seen Coffs Harbour claim outright top spot on the Group 2 ladder following Sunday's 40-24 win against Macksville.

Outscoring their opponents 24-4 after the break the Comets punished the Sea Eagles to secure a big win for the club.

Down 24-16 early in the second stanza the Col Speed coach side went into overdrive leaving the Macksville faithful with very little to cheer about.

"It was a good win today against a really strong opposition in Macksville," Speed said.

"Twenty minutes into the first half I wasn't very happy with how the boys were playing however it was good to see them able to settle and turn it around.

"We started to focus on doing the little things right in the second half and really reaped the benefits."

Defensive play was at a minimum at Allan Gillett oval as both sides' traded four pointers at will through the first 40 minutes.

Macksville looked to have all the momentum before the break following tries to Djaan Jarrett and Ricky Morris.

However it was all down hill for the home side after the break with handling errors and ill discipline giving Coffs Harbour too many opportunities.

"It was simply too much drop ball and too many penalties," Sea Eagles captain coach Troy Grace said.

"You can't give a side like Coffs all that extra ball and expect to hold them out.

"It's only our first loss of the season and there were still plenty of positives to take out of it.

"If you told me at the start of the season we would win three from our first four games I would've taken it.

"We were just unfortunate today to not get the two points.

Despite the win Coffs Harbour will be sweating on the health of key player Scott Street.

The fullback had to leave the game early in the second half.

"Scott's (Street) injury is a little bit of a worry but with the depth we have I'm confident it won't leave that much of a hole in our line-up," Speed said.

"Luke (Beaumont) is a really good asset for us and he showed today he is more than capable of stepping up when called upon."

COFFS HARBOUR 40 (Sean Gilmore 2 Luke Beaumont Nathan Curry Andrew Smith Ben Parkinson Vikram Atwal tries Nathan Curry 3 goals) bt MACKSVILLE 24 (Ricky Morris 2 Duane Button Djaan Jarrett Peter Bula tries Ricky Morris 2 goals.)

At Allan Gillett Oval, Macksville.

Referee: Nathan Grace

Reserve Grade: Macksville def Coffs Harbour 26-20

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