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Back to the basics

Hooker Matt Hendy will be keen to turn the Comets form around.
Hooker Matt Hendy will be keen to turn the Comets form around.

By BRAD GREENSHIELDS

AFTER a long week of soul searching at Nambucca Heads, the team has decided that the best way to erase last week's lacklustre effort is to simply get back to basics.

"At training on Thursday we got together for a chat and what we came away with from the meeting was just getting back to a basic game plan," Roosters coach Mark Morrison said.

"We've just got to aim up a bit."

Disappointed with their effort against Sawtell when the Roosters were overrun in the second half, Nambucca Heads are looking to strike back this Sunday when they host the Coffs Harbour Comets.

"Last week we were hurt by a lack of enthusiasm," the coach explained.

"We were also hurt by Sawtell's speed in the play the ball, and that area has had a little bit of work this week.

"It's no good making the final five if we don't aim up though."

Helping the Roosters in their endeavours to work harder on their defence will be the inclusion of prop Matt Cowan into the side.

This has allowed Dean Urquhart to be moved into to the second row.

As good a job as the halves pairing of Geoff Batten and Reeion Jarrett are doing at the moment for Nambucca Heads, there is still representative halfback Willie Baker waiting to return to further strengthen the Roosters line-up.

The Comets will have a new half combination tomorrow, and it is one that has a family connection.

Shaun Hart returns from injury, while his brother-in-law Anthony Donovan will run on for the first time with the Comets at five-eighth.

One man who is relieved at Donovan's inclusion is captain Bert Gray.

"Mate, I haven't played at five-eighth for three seasons," he said.

Gray has now been relieved of the play maker role, and has moved to the second row where he has been at his damaging best so many times before.

"But being family they (Hart and Donovan) do get on and they talk well. Hopefully the boys feed off them."

Like their opponents this weekend, Coffs Harbour are also coming into this match on the back of a poor defensive effort.

Gray explained that the Comets have done some soul-searching themselves during the week in a bid to improve in time to get a win this weekend, and have been given a hard work-out by their coach Scott Mieni.

"Scotty's put us through the drills this week and it seems to be working allright at training," he said.

"Now it's just a matter of doing it out on the field."