Giant ask for ghosts

By ADRIAN MILLER

amiller@dailyexaminer.com.au

WHILE it looks like a forlorn assignment, Grafton Ghosts president Michael Rogan is confident his side can upset Mullumbimby Giants in their Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League clash at Les Donnelly Field today. A win could see the Giants leap frog Marist Brothers into fifth position, while the Ghosts are four points adrift at the foot of the ladder after last week's loss to Byron Bay. But even though Mullumbimby are overwhelming favourites, Rogan said the Ghosts were capable of spiriting away the points. "It's going to be a tough assignment, but we like to go everywhere thinking we're a chance of winning if we play well and have the right mental attitude," he said. "If Mullumbimby are a little bit over confident they could be in for a shock." Rogan said a Ghosts win was a definite possibility if they held onto the football. "Possession is the number one thing," he said. "We need to hang onto the football and not turn it over to Mullumbimby. "If we hold onto the footy and follow it up with a good kick and chase I think the tries will come." Rogan said the team's ability with the ball in hand was undoubted -- they scored six tries in last week's loss -- but they needed to back that up with a solid defence. "It's not only possession, defence is important because they've got a very good attacking side," he said. "They've got a good fullback and the rest of their backs are also very good, so we'll have to be wary of them." The Ghosts welcome back fullback Phil Warby and winger Will Hickey from injury, while Scott Kilduff is also back to face the Giants. GHOSTS: Fullback, Phil Warby; wingers, Will Hickey and Warwick Brown; centres, Travis Daley and Aaron Marscham; five-eighth, Trent Lawrence; half-back, Josh Nagle; props, Matt Michael (c) and Joel Hamilton; hooker, Jason Vidler; second rows, Scott Kilduff and Tyson Donohue; lock, Josh Ryder.



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