Ballina No.8 Sonny Filomoehala unloads a pass under pressure in the FNC Rugby Union first grade match with Yamba on Saturday.
Ballina No.8 Sonny Filomoehala unloads a pass under pressure in the FNC Rugby Union first grade match with Yamba on Saturday.

Chevally shines in Redmen?s victory

By STEVE SPINKS

JON Chevally is not your typical rugby union five-eighth.

To start with, he's a former rugby league second-rower.

But Chevally has made a massive difference to the Grafton Redmen and he was instrumental in their 20-6 victory over Casino in round 14 of Bangalow Hotel Far North Coast rugby at Grafton Rugby Park on Saturday.

The Redmen's win pushes them into equal second with Casino on the competition ladder.

Chevally is a strong defender, but it was his attack which has transformed Grafton's effort.

"He was outstanding, I thought," coach Gary Powell said.

"He controlled the game and his kicking game is a lot better."

Chevally played for the Redmen as a schoolboy in 2001 before a stint in league with the South Grafton Rebels.

He then moved to Brisbane.

"I heard he was thinking of coming home so I lined him up some work," Powell said.

"Basically, I annoyed the hell out of him (to get him to play).

"He's got a lot of room for improvement, but he's starting to be more patient."

Grafton have been searching for a five-eighth since stalwart Tony Norton retired from first grade in 2001.

A host of players have tried their hand without claiming the jersey on a regular basis.

Until now.

Grafton dominated most aspects of the match against Casino and led 15-6 at half-time.

But for some poor goalkicking the winning margin could have been much more.

Urged on by a big crowd of more than 500 people, Powell had no hesitation in naming this win his side's best for the season.

Others to impress included No8 and captain Rob Brown and second-rower Mark Robinson.

However, the Redmen now enter a difficult phase of their premiership charge.

They play the five out of their next six games away from home.

For Casino, it was just one of those wretched days when nothing goes right.

Best for the Bulls was No.8 Chris Conte and flanker Jarrad Cameron.



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