Half chances get Ghosts over line
A TWO-TRY effort by Grafton Ghosts halfback Ryan Farrell helped his side grind out a 14-4 victory against Marist Brothers at Crozier Field, Lismore, yesterday.
Trailing 10-0 at half-time the Rams came out determined in the second half and started playing smarter wet-weather football.
“We improved but we didn't stick to the game plan,” Brothers coach David Krause said.
“They (Grafton) didn't play any better than us, they just took their opportunities and that was the difference.”
The Ghosts tried to outmuscle the smaller Brothers pack with lock Adam Elliot and second-rower Aaron Hartman leading the way.
A barnstorming charge saw Hartman go over for a try late in the first half.
“Physically I thought we were just as good as them, if not better,” Krause said.
“But that doesn't win football games, playing smart and to the conditions does.
“We had them broken at times today but we just couldn't hold on to the ball.”
Brothers second-rower Leon King and Ghosts' prop Mitch Wicks were both sent to the sin bin for striking early in the second half.
King returned with renewed enthusiasm and chased down a perfectly timed grubber kick to score a try out wide.
Brothers attempted to exploit some holes in the Ghosts' defence, after interchange player Dan Lollback was sent to the sin bin for a late tackle.
Trailing 10-4, the Brethren began to get a roll on before a loose carry was pounced upon by Farrell to score his second try of the match to seal the win.
“Games like that you just have to persevere and try and get through them,” Grafton coach Col Speed said.
“Everyone just dug in today and played for each other, so that was great.
“We build our team around defence and the only try they scored was off a kick so we're pretty happy about that.”
The Ghosts had to do it without the services of Ben McLennan, a late withdrawal, while Speed highlighted the effort of centre Khan Williams.
“We played a lot smarter and I think that comes down to maturity,” Speed said.
“They're a young side and they'll learn from that.
“Our back three and front three were very, very good. In fact we were very good right across the board.”