Duke treble ignites rugby hopes

A DWAYNE Duke treble has left Grafton Redmen boss Brad Lloyd all smiles about his side's chances in this season's Far North Coast First Grade campaign.

The Rugby Park club struggled last term but Saturday's two impressive trial performances against Coffs Harbour left cause for expectation among the Redmen for the new season.

The Second Grade side displayed the Redmen's improved depth with a four tries to three loss while the seniors – thanks to Duke's hat-trick – ground out a dogged four-tries-all draw in the wet.

And with Nick Collie and Scott Lloyd among a host of returning stars, Brad Lloyd was upbeat about the Redmen's class of 2011.

“It was a good hit-out,” Lloyd said.

“The wet weather slowed us up and didn't let our backs get much time with the ball but I was very happy.

"They (Coffs) are a strong club in both grades.”

Lloyd singled out Chris Adamson and Josh Nagle for their performances.

“It was good to see that we have some real depth this season,” Lloyd said.

The Redmen have next weekend off before the season starts a week later.

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