STEPPING UP: Grafton Redmen reserve grade scrum half Dom Bullock is a possibility to start for the McKimms Grafton Redmen side in a player shuffle to fill the void of injured five-eighth Harry Semple.
STEPPING UP: Grafton Redmen reserve grade scrum half Dom Bullock is a possibility to start for the McKimms Grafton Redmen side in a player shuffle to fill the void of injured five-eighth Harry Semple. Gary Nichols

RUGBY UNION: Redmen ready to kick start winning ways

RUGBY UNION: McKIMMS Grafton Redmen will travel south this week under mounting pressure to kick-start their season.

Saturday's clash with Wauchope Thunder is a must-win game for Grafton if they are to launch a serious assault on the Mid North Coast premiership.

Both Grafton and Wauchope remain winless after three rounds of the competition and will be desperate for a victory to lift themselves off the bottom of the ladder.

Redmen captain Kyle Hancock insists a win is just around the corner after coming up against premiership heavyweights Port Pirates and Hasting's Vikings in their only two hit outs of the season.

"A lot has been said about our last two games which were disappointing results," Hancock said during the week.

"Last week against Vikings was only our second game and I don't think we need to hit the panic button just yet.

"We need to get our season back on track and that starts with Wauchope on Saturday who will be tough on their home ground."

In their first season in the top-grade, Wauchope have leaked a massive 174-points in three games including a 64-8 last round defeat at the hands of Port Pirates.

All going to plan, Grafton should record their first win of the season. They have the strike power to worry any team in the competition; however, playing out the full 80-minutes has been their achilles heel.

"I think we've been lacking a bit of match fitness and we seem to lose concentration at crucial moments in the game," Hancock admitted

"We spoke about it at training during the week and decided to change a few things and hopefully we can rectify the problem against Wauchope."

Grafton will head into the match without regular five-eighth Harry Semple who succumbed to a knee injury last week against Hastings.

Head coach Ray Collie has a few options at his disposal with Hancock, Dom Bullock and Jarrod Lipscombe all capable of filling the role.



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