Ghosts defence the key to win

THE Grafton Ghosts have no trouble racking up points, but it was their defensive effort against Mullumbimby yesterday which pleased coach Col Speed in their 36-16 away victory.

“We’re back to where we should be in defence,” Speed said after the match.

“We only conceded one try in the second half ... defence was the pleasing aspect for me on the day.”

Speed, although not overly happy with his side’s attempt to gain good field position in the first half, said his side was able to turn things around after the break.

“We were probably our own worst enemy in the first half and had trouble getting the ball out of our own half,” he said.

“They (Mullumbimby) threw a fair bit at us but we hung in there and remained focused.”

Speed singled out second-rower Grant Stevens as his side’s best player on the day with Don Dickson not far behind.

“Grant played his best game of the season, his defence was outstanding and I thought Don Dickson really stood up today,” he said.

“It was a big improvement by Donny who got a lot more involved and showed plenty of leadership qualities.”

Ghosts’ five-eighth Dan Roberts was another player to shine, picking up two tries and directing his side around the park.

Speed said he intends to give his side a night off from training during the week as a reward for their commitment after six rounds of the competition.

“We have no injury concerns after the game and I thought it a good idea to give the players a night off training so they can come back fresh after the long weekend ... they deserve it.”

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