SPOTTED A GAP: Grafton Ghosts fullback Cooper Woods runs through the Orara defence late in the game at Frank McGuren Field.
SPOTTED A GAP: Grafton Ghosts fullback Cooper Woods runs through the Orara defence late in the game at Frank McGuren Field. Adam Hourigan

Grafton Ghosts look to roll on against Bellingen

RUGBY LEAGUE: Facing a road trip south to take on the newly reformed Bellingen Valley/Dorrigo Magpies, the Grafton Ghosts will be looking to improve on their first-round performance tomorrow.

The Ghosts opened the season at home with a 46-6 points win over the Orara Valley Axemen, and five-eighth Clint Greenshields it was good to get a win to start the 2019 season.

"It was a good first hit-out, we've got a really good roster and we've taken our structures from 2017 into this year with a few new faces,” he said.

"(Captain-coach) Danny (Wicks) and I hadn't played together for a few years so it was sort of like a trial for us a bit. Some things didn't stick but there were some real positives to come from the game.”

The Ghosts will have a changed backline to the side that ran in eight tries against Orara, with a shoulder injury to centre Dylan Collett forcing him out of the side for up to four weeks.

Greenshields said while the Ghosts will have to be on their game to earn a win over the Magpies, he was confident the side had the firepower to overcome their opponents.

"(Magpies captain-coach) Daniel Tempest has done a really good job in getting this side back together and we're going to have to be good in defence to counter them, but at the same time they'll have to aim up against our forwards and strike weapons out wide,” he said.

"Tempest will have the boys super pumped, it's just a question of how long they can go against us.”

GAME DAY: Grafton Ghosts play Bellingen Valley/Dorrigo Magpies at Bellingen Park. Ladies league tag kicks off at 11am.



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