Ghosts will win off our defence: McLennan
RUGBY LEAGUE: Grafton Ghosts will be looking to capitalise on a stellar defensive effort last weekend against Macksville as they host Orara Valley Axemen in what is the game of the round on Saturday.
The Ghosts did not leak a point to Macksville while high flying winger Mitch Gorman nabbed himself four trys in the side's win last weekend and if captain coach Ben McLennan had his way it will be much of the same out at Frank McGuren Field.
"We have been trying to base our efforts on our defence and then working plays off that," McLennan said. "The boys we're excellent in that last weekend and they have not let up this week.
"At training the intensity has been A-One and everyone is keen to rip in against Orara and keep the momentum going."
Mitchell Lollback and Matt Muller both missed out on action last weekend due to injury and McLennan said he was giving them until game day to prove their fitness ahead of the Orara Valley clash.
"We will do a fitness test with Mitch first thing tomorrow morning and reassess the situation then," he said.
"But at this early stage in the competition I do not feel like risking him, so if he is not 100% then he will sit out the clash.
"Matty is much in the same boat. The doctor has cleared him of concussion (which he sustained in their round one clash against Coffs Harbour) but he is still complaining about headaches, so we will reassess him in the morning."
McLennan has plenty of options if he does lose the two prolific try-scorers with Robbie Howard earning great praise for covering Lollback last week.
"We have plenty of blokes who can cover those positions," he said. "We definitely won't be under strength."
Orara Valley have no Under 18s so kick-off will be at 1.00pm for the Reserve Grade followed by First Grade at about 2.30pm.
Who will win the 2016 Group 2 Rugby League First Grade Premiership?
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