Binge out for Grafton Ghosts' Group 2 match against Sawtell
A KNEE injury has sidelined game-breaking Grafton Ghosts front-rower Ryan Binge.
Binge, who joined the Ghosts after captaining Lower Clarence Magpies in the Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League last year, copped the injury in last week's 18-12 loss to Coffs Comets.
In good news for the Group 2 representative, he is believed to have only ligament damage and will miss a few weeks.
"It's not too bad actually," Binge said.
"They're calling it a major sprain or a slight tear. Looking at a couple more weeks but it's up to me and how I heal.
"I've never injured my knee before but I don't think it'll worry me too much when I get back.
"I might sink a few tinnies and watch the boys play tomorrow. Keep one beer on my knee and drink the other."
Binge picked up where he left off at the Magpies, leading the forward pack into battle in each of their three games so far.
"It's pretty tough but I'm loving it," Binge said.
"It makes a difference when everyone is at training."
His exclusion is the only difference in the Ghosts first grade side to face Sawtell Panthers today.
Despite his enormous impact, Grafton will not lose too much in the way of structure, with captain-coach Ryan Farrell pointing out the team rotated four front-rowers in the first three weeks.
"They'll play a few more minutes each so it should be okay," Farrell said.
"We're still missing Benny McLennan and Donny Dickson as well but apart from that we should be all good."
Farrell said he was happy with the way the Ghosts have played so far, but there were still areas they needed to improve in.
They are the simplest areas too, with handling and defence needing a boost if they are to advance.
"We've had poor completion rates all year," Farrell said. "We need to finish our sets off and put them under pressure.
"We've been missing a lot of tackles too.
"It's usually an attitude thing and we've spoken about it the last few weeks. We just need to put it together out there."
The Ghosts will use the day to pay respects to inaugural coach Clem Rankin, who lost his battle with leukemia just over a month ago.
A moment's silence will be held before first grade and players will wear black armbands.
1. Mitch Lollback
2. Matt Muller
3. Khan Williams
4. Aaron Hartmann
5. Marty Donohue
6. Raih Woodley
7. Ryan Farrell
8. Mitch Wicks
9. Todd Cameron
10. Dave Emmott
11. Brett Wicks
12. Josh Donohoe
13. Jayden McDonagh
14. Tim Tilse