Redmen come up trumps ahead of break
AN IMPROVING Grafton Redmen will go into their two-week mid-season break with confidence after grinding out a 25-13 win over Casino at the weekend.
The Redmen went into the Beef Week clash without Ben Robertson and Ben Stone but any question marks about their ability to fill the gaps were quickly dispelled as they ran in three unanswered tries to establish a lead which they never surrendered.
"It was a typical game against Casino; tough and scrappy," Grafton coach Don Darke said.
"We stuck to our structure and game plan well to get to a three-try lead but the game deteriorated as we started playing like Casino."
Both teams were guilty of poor discipline in the second half with four players earning yellow cards.
"We finished the game with 13 men after Tom Tanner and Kyle Hancock were sent," Darke said.
"They're the least likely of our squad to be carded but they managed to find one each.
"The sin bin would've been quite crowded by the end of it."
The Redmen now have two weeks off before travelling to take on Southern Cross Uni on June 15.
Darke said the break was welcome with some of his squad battling injuries.
"The time off will do some of the guys a world of good," he said.
"It's good to go into the break with a win. The players are starting to see the plan works and the results will come if we stick to it."