Grafton Redmen focus on moving the ball
IT IS all about defence at Grafton Rugby Park.
The Redmen leaked 36 points to Wollongbar-Alstonville last week, and though their defence was strong for the most part, it is the part of the game that attracted the most attention at training this week.
And not a moment too soon, with the Redmen's four grades making the trip to the forward-dominant Casino.
"They've usually got a bigger forward pack, so they play tight and hit up through the forwards," Redmen captain Sean Austin said.
"It was a good effort last week, but we did a bit of work around the ruck to make sure we're on top of them.
"We'll look to exploit that by spreading the ball wide. They're usually not as strong out there so it could give us a slight advantage.
"That will depend on the platform the forwards lay so we have a lot to do."
The Redmen will field a third-grade side today, pushing the start time for first grade back to 4.30pm.
"We've managed to get enough guys for a third grade team so they'll be making the trip too," Austin said.
"They've got some players, but a few more wouldn't hurt."
Team: 1. Luke Deleiuen, 2. Sean Austin (C.), 3. Jacob Page , 4. Ed McGrath, 5. Nick Collie, 6. Beau Deleiuen, , 7. Justin Travers, 8. Jono Speechley, 9. Zach Hyatt, 10. Paul Cameron, 11. Billy Weatherstone, 12, Scott Lloyd, 13. Kyle Hancock, 14. Travis Hancock, 15. Ben Stone