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Four tries by Davis Myles helped the North Queensland Young Guns wallop Central 56-14, maintaining the club?s unbeaten record at home this season.
Coming off a draw against Tweed Heads which left coach Grant Bell bitterly disappointed, the Young Guns started the match with a bang, scoring two tries in less than five minutes.
It seemingly mattered little that North Queensland had lost twice to Central in 2004 and were without a host of key players.
Halfback Brent McConnell was out following an arthroscopy on his knee, while hooker Leigh McWilliams (calf) and utility Wallace Solomona (ankle) were missing as well.
The likes of Scott Bolton, Dean Payne, Drew Campbell, James Andersen and Greg Byrnes were away participating in the Northern Conference Under 19s team.
The reshuffle brought Myles, a 112 game NRL veteran, into five-eighth, partnering 95kg halfback Shane Muspratt.
Myles? effort in bagging four tries made him equal highest tryscorer in an individual game this season along with Burleigh?s Trent Purdon, who also scored his four against Central.
Second rower Gavin Cooper became the highest pointscorer in an individual game in 2005 courtesy of eight goals and two tries, totaling 24 points. The tally also put Cooper in the frame as one of the highest pointscoring forwards for a single match in the history of the Queensland Wizard Cup.
After trailing 34-0 at halftime, Central again put in a better effort in the second half, similar to its Round Nine effort against Redcliffe.
For the third week in a row Comets skipper Mark Henry managed to find the tryline.
Unfortunately for the Rockhampton-based club it is still winless this season and is yet to keep an opposition team under 28 points.
The Comets play Ipswich at QLD Group Stadium in their next match on May 28, with a weekend off in between due to the split rounds.
Meanwhile, the third-placed Young Guns are not scheduled to play again until June 4 courtesy of the split round followed by a bye for them. They will play Norths at Bishop Park in their return.
CENTRAL COMETS 14 (Mark Henry, Tui McKenzie, Michael Esdale tries; Adam Geddes goal).
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