Ghosts leave Tweed in the dark

THE Grafton Ghosts racked up another cricket score against a hapless Tweed Coast yesterday, running out convincing winners 68-4.

And it was that man again Anthony Don who was among the points, scoring three tries and slotting 10 conversions for a tally of 32 points.

Ghosts coach Col Speed said although his team got off to a sluggish start, its second–half performance was impressive.

“We started off a bit steady and Tweed were up to the task early on,” Speed said. “We were slow out of the blocks but I put that down to the travel and playing a team lower on the ladder than us.”

Speed said he was pleased with his side’s defensive effort, in particular when it was down to 12 men. “Benny (Ben McLennan) received 10 minutes in the sin-bin and we had to defend our line for three full sets but kept Tweed scoreless,” he said.

“Even though we were up by 60 points, we still showed plenty of pride in our own line and scrambled well.”

Speed singled out hooker Rhys Walters as the Ghosts’ best player on the day with five-eighth Dan Roberts and captain Ryan Farrell not far behind. As he has done in previous weeks, Speed experimented with players in different positions and blooded a few under-18 players off the bench.

“Ryan (Farrell) played part of the game at lock and did an outstanding job. He’s a forward in a halfback’s body anyway,” he said.

“Oliver Percy also had some valuable time on the paddock and our under-18 halfback Jake Frame had a stint on the wing and didn’t let us down.”

The Ghosts are at home to Ballina next week who struggled against lowly-placed Casino to snatch a narrow 22-18 victory.

Ballina were one of the sides tipped to push the Ghosts this season but going on its performance against the Cougars on Saturday, it will need to improve dramatically.

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