Ghosts sneak home
A RUNAWAY try to centre Aaron Taylor helped Grafton Ghosts to an 18-10 win against the Northern United Dirawongs in their Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League match at Crozier Field, Lismore yesterday.
Taylor pounced on a loose ball and raced 50 metres to touch down under the cross-bar with 10 minutes to go after scores had been locked 10-all.
A penalty goal for a head-high tackle gave them an eight-point buffer in arguably the best game of the season.
Taylor scored the opening try just before half-time while Dirawongs halfback Evan Hickling was in the sin-bin for striking a player on the ground after making a tackle.
However, the Dirawongs kept in it with a try to centre Joel Roberts and took a 10-6 lead after a perfectly struck bomb from five-eighth Willie Hammond put winger Jayden Jacky over midway through the second half.
"We have the attitude that we can always come back and score points," Grafton captain-coach Ryan Farrell said.
"They got a roll on there a few times but we just made sure that we kept scrambling and stayed in it."
Farrell's passing game was spot on and when Dirawongs lock Garry Roberts came out of the line and failed to take an intercept it gave centre Phil Warby all the room he needed to get winger Joel Moss over in the corner to bring them to 10-all.
"Mossy was brilliant on the wing and Mitch Lollback has been doing some good things for us at the back," Farrell said.
"We've had some handy wingers here for a few years now and they do a good job."
Front-rowers Jake Ngauamo and Les Roberts were the Dirawongs' best and lightweight centre Joel Roberts did a fantastic job containing Ghosts second-rower Aaron Hartmann down the left-hand edge.
The win could be enough for Ghosts to cement second spot on the ladder while the Dirawongs can finish as high as second or as low as seventh.
Grafton Ghosts 18 (A Taylor 2, J Moss tries; R Danvers 3 goals) d Northern United 10 (J Roberts, J Jacky tries; R Bell goal)