Ghosts coach slams performance

THE Grafton Ghosts produced a convincing display to defeat Casino 20-6 at Jabor Park on Saturday but coach Col Speed thought the defending premiers’ effort was “terrible”.

And he has a point. The Grafton Ghosts were their own worst enemy in attack, spilling the ball at crucial times and their ill discipline meant they gave away too many senseless penalties.

The only try they have conceded in two games came after conceding back-to-back penalties, the second for not being back their 10.

They were also guilty of not being behind the kicker at kick-off.

The schoolboy errors from the premiers meant that the men from Casino were never completely shut out of the game despite trailing on the scoreboard.

The Ghosts led 12-0 at half-time and looked comfortable but their attack seemed to stumble more often than not and if it wasn’t for some solid defence Casino may have left a little happier.

Despite the stuttering performance the Ghosts, with five front-line players out of action, proved again they will be the team to beat this year.

But the coach expected much more from his champion side.

“It was a terrible performance. I was disappointed we went away from structure in attack. We threw away too much cheap ball,” Speed said.

“Defensively we were great, once again we hung in but there were too many turnovers.

“We are a better side than what we showed there today.

“At times we came down to their level, no disrespect to Casino, but we can definitely go up another three gears.”

Speed did reserve special praise for the under-18s which pulled off a miraculous draw playing with as few as nine men.

Ten players ran on for the kick-off and were good enough to be leading 20-12 at one stage.

Reduced to nine men due to an injury, the Ghosts held on for a 20-all draw.

“It was unbelievable effort,” Speed said.

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