Woolgoolga captain-coach John Cross is back in the starting line-up tomorrow.
Woolgoolga captain-coach John Cross is back in the starting line-up tomorrow.

Comets no easybeats


COMING into such a vital clash, it must give the Comets plenty of confidence knowing that they're fielding probably their strongest team of the season against Woolgoolga in Group 2 Rugby League tomorrow at Advocate Park.

Coach Scott Mieni must be starting to believe that the harsh luck he's endured so far this season is turning around.

The coach wants to warn his players though that just having a better look across the park isn't going to be good enough to ensure victory against Woolgoolga in tomorrow's match of the day.

"It's OK to say that it's a better team but we better no rely on it," he said.

"We've got to dig in there until we can't dig no more."

The Comets are welcoming back Darren Blackett to the five-eighth position after an unusually long absence caused by an ingrown hair gone wrong.

Talented teenager Keedan Williams also returns to the line-up at fullback where his explosive pace can cause so many headaches for the opposition.

Woolgoolga themselves have made a few changes to their team after the last-gasp loss to Orara Valley a fortnight ago.

For a team that's equal ladder leader, it's a good sign when the three inclusions in the Seahorses' starting line-up are players the calibre of Drew Vines, John Cross and Lee Harvey.

As the captain-coach, Cross admits that he's concerned about the mental state of his players as tehy prepare for a match that they enter as red-hot favourites after handing out a 72-14 thumping the last time these two clubs met.

"The next month is a bit of a dangerous period for us," Cross said.

"We're up near the the top of the table but we're not into the semi's yet and sometimes you can go through the motions a bit in that situation.

"Once you're in the semi's and you know you're going to be in them you get a bit of a second wind that takes you through the rest of the season but until that time, we're in limbo."

Cross is also very wary of facing an opponent that is probably about to walk through the doors of the Last Chance Saloon.

"This game is their grand final," he said of the Comets likely attitude tomorrow.

"They're playing at home and they've had the week off, if the Comets aren't up this week they never will be."

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