TIED UP: Grafton Redmen players Nic McCabe (left) and Adam Smidt sandwich a Port Pirates player in last Saturdays 20-5 loss.
TIED UP: Grafton Redmen players Nic McCabe (left) and Adam Smidt sandwich a Port Pirates player in last Saturdays 20-5 loss. Gary Nichols

Redmen on the hunt for victory against Goannas

RUGBY LEAGUE: Two road trips in as many weeks will be a huge test for McKimms Grafton Redmen when they take on the Bowraville Goannas in second grade on Saturday.

With first grade set for a second round bye after a bruising encounter with Port Pirates, Redmen's second 15 will view Saturday's clash as an opportunity to stamp their mark on the competition.

Redmen second grade coach Guy Robertson, although not overly impressed with two away games to start the season, was quietly optimistic about his side's chances against the Goannas.

"It is going to be tough playing away again. We would have certainly preferred to be playing at home but that's the way it is," Robertson said.

"We don't know much about the opposition. I saw their under-18s last week and they were a big side so I presume their second grade will have plenty of size as well.

"We need to work on a few things at training this week and if we can improve our lineout we have a realistic chance of coming away with the points."

Desperate to gain some credibility after last week's loss to Port Pirates, Robertson said the inclusion of Matt Moran this week and the early season form of scrumhalf Dom Bullock was a huge plus for his side.

"Matt will be a bonus for us out wide and Dom was fantastic against Port last week. He provides plenty of direction and talk for our forwards.

"Dom's combination with Barney (Brett Graham) at five-eighth could be the key to us winning on Saturday."



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