DIGGING IN: Grafton Redmen forward Matt Rung.
DIGGING IN: Grafton Redmen forward Matt Rung.

Redmen swamped by Trojans

THE old adage "when it rains, it pours" could not have been more true for the Grafton Redmen on Saturday.   While wet weather forced two of the round's four first-grade fixtures to be postponed, the Redmen were swamped by defending champions Lennox Head.   The home side reigned supreme, running in 10 tries, including four to back Simon Deevy, to hammer Grafton 66-9.   "The opening 20 minutes were brilliant and we were leading 9-5," Grafton coach Peter Tonkin said.   "Our forwards dominated their pack and forced Lennox to make plenty of mistakes."   The start however was one of the few positives on an otherwise bleak day for the visitors as the Trojans handed the Redmen a rugby lesson.   "Lennox could have one of the best backlines in the competition," Tonkin said.   "Our backs couldn't match the speed of theirs and they cut us up out wide."   Tonkin said despite the score line there were some positives.   "There are a number of positives we can take out of the game with the main one being our control of the ball," Tonkin said. "We were forced to reshuffle the team a few times as we had a few injuries.   "It's good a few blokes like Josh Wrigley could get experience in first grade but we'd rather not have the injuries."   The Redmen will be looking to register their first win of the season when they face Southern Cross University at Rugby Park next week.


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