From the Rucks

by Dave Morrison

IT should be a huge day at the rugby this week with the Clubhouse Christening and former players reunion ensuring one of the biggest crowds for a competition game in the club's history.

The response from out of town former players has been great there'll be a massive sideline contingent to cheer the Redmen on against Casino in the match of the season.

The club has organised a big weekend starting with club raffles and barbecue at the Jacaranda Hotel on Friday night.

SATURDAY sees a big day out at the rugby with four grades, followed by a spit roast at night, some speeches to properly christen the new facilities, and then watching the Wallabies/Springboks Test from Sydney.

A courtesy bus will deliver reunion revellers to the Rugby grounds, leaving the Jaca at midday and again at 1pm. Return trips will follow the completion of the Test.

FOR those who haven't lost too much fitness since retirement, the casual nature of the weekend continues with an informal get together at the South Cup on Sunday in the public concourse.

So all you legends in your own halftimes wanting to catch up with some old mates, get the rugby this weekend, if only on Saturday, for a great time.

IT seems to me that the Redmen aren't getting the credit they fully deserve for a pretty solid season to date, especially from the press up north.

A rebuilt side lost their first three games, but has the gone on to win seven of their last eight games.

Their only loss in this period being to the then competition leaders, Casino, and then only by a solitary point with a converted try in the last minute of the game.

That's pretty treasonable form in any one's book.

Despite this, last week's eight try to win over semi final contenders was apparently notable because the poor students had to play in their holidays, had to transfer the game from Lismore, and hence were a few players down.

Grafton received little credit for another convincing win. They too had players out ? as is usual in a body-contact sport ? such as a Country representative prop, a Zone hooker, a centre, a half back returning from injury on the wing, and so on.

I THINK it probably suits the Redmen just fine to keep winning and still slip under the radar.

This weekend's games are obviously highlighted by the big Grafton Casino clash at Grafton.

The Bulls will be smarting from last week's loss at Ballina and will be better for it, but the big home crowd may just get the Redmen home.

Ballina will be too good for the Buccaneers at home while Lismore should account for Wollongbar.



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