CAN THEY BOUNCE BACK? Coffs Harbour Comets take on Nambucca Heads Roosters is the Group 2 Rugby League preliminary final at Geoff King Motors Sports Complex on Sunday. PHOTO: DEBRAH NOVAK
CAN THEY BOUNCE BACK? Coffs Harbour Comets take on Nambucca Heads Roosters is the Group 2 Rugby League preliminary final at Geoff King Motors Sports Complex on Sunday. PHOTO: DEBRAH NOVAK

Speed looking for complete performance

SEVEN first half incompletions meant Coffs Harbour never stood a chance in last week's major semi-final against South Grafton.

Comets coach Colin Speed needs to ensure his players tidy up their act in order to bounce back from the 54-4 hiding and keep their Group 2 premiership hopes alive.

The club hosts red-hot Nambucca Heads Roosters in the preliminary final at Geoff King Motors Sports Complex at 2.30pm Sunday.

"Once you start giving teams quality field position all of a sudden you're defending repeat sets and you can't afford to do that against quality teams," Speed said.

"Nambucca plays with the same ad-lib flair as Rebels. They've got good momentum and good crowd support behind them and are playing for each other at the moment, so they'll be tough.

"We've just got to get back to our own game plan.

"The speed of the play the ball is key. We're a team that likes to capitalise on our go-forward and if that can be policed I think both teams will appreciate it."

Influential halfback and goalkicker Nathan Curry (ankle) as well as Alfred Penese (hand) will be given until match day to prove fit.

Coffs and Nambucca are the only sides to beat South Grafton this season and one will get another chance next Sunday, August 23.

COFFS HARBOUR COMETS: 1 Josh Clift, 2 Billy Griffith, 3 Abel Lafaoseu, 4 Shayde Perham, 5 Peter Irwin, 6 Nick Monckton, 7 Jacob Van Hammond, 8 Matt Cheeseman, 9 Kerrod Selmes, 10 Miles Fairbank, 11 John Oakes, 12 Sam Miles, 13 Rick Barr, 14 Josh Fox, 15 Leslie Poulva, 16 Kelsey Davies, 17 Joe Worthington. Coach: Col Speed.

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Week 1 finals

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Under-18s at 11.30am: Mullumbimby v Cudgen

Reserve Grade at 1pm: Kyogle v Marist Bros

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Sunday - Qualifying finals at Kingsford Smith Park

Under-18s 11.30am: at Ballina v Kyogle

Reserve Grade at 1pm: Casino v Cudgen

First Grade at 2.30pm: Ballina v Evans Head



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