Ghosts book Battle for the River decider with win at Coffs
RUGBY LEAGUE: History will be made at McKittrick Park this weekend as the Battle for the River meets in the Group 2 grand final.
Battle lines have been drawn halfway down the Grafton Bridge as a town stands divided ahead of the final showdown between the Grafton Ghosts and the South Grafton Rebels.
Grafton Ghosts have found themselves a premiership- winning halves combination in Jayden Connors and Jake Frame and the two crafty playmakers proved it with a machine-like destruction of the Coffs Harbour Comets.
Connors and Frame had a hand in all the visitors' four-pointers as the Ghosts grinded their way to a 32-6 win despite being behind on the scoreboard in the early stages.
The Comets surprised the Ghosts in the early stages of the clash, winning the battle of the forwards in the opening 10 minutes before a bomb to the corner from Nathan Curry produced a try to Michael Hart.
But that was all she wrote for the Comets on the scoreboard as the Ghosts dug their heels in in defence and showed why they have the least points against them across Group 2 first grade.
The early shock for the Ghosts snapped the visitors into action and soon their structured moves began to show through on the field.
The Comets let the pressure off the Grafton side with cheap penalties at the wrong end of the field and with their new-found field position the Ghosts made them pay.
The Ghosts lost second- rower Josh Brown midway through the first half with a shoulder complaint after the forward touched down for the Ghosts' first try after great lead-up work from half Frame.
Brown had injured the shoulder earlier in the clash making a tackle on a Comets' attacker, but was unable to continue after scoring the points.
With the scores locked up and the two teams matching it tackle for tackle heading to the half-time break, a piece of Connors individual brilliance broke the deadlock.
The try-scoring play on the half-time siren gave the Ghosts a six-point lead heading to the sheds, and on the other side of the main break the Ghosts did not look like giving up the momentum.
Joel Moss, who switched the trainers shirt for a playing shirt for the first time this season, showed he had not missed a beat for the visitors, extending their lead off a well placed kick.
Then lethal centre Dylan Collett registered his name on the scorers sheet, after a slick backline movement involving Frame found the centre in space down the left touchline.
The Ghosts sealed the 26-point victory with a brace of tries to fullback Mitch Lollback who made it look effortless as he dodged defenders on his way to the tryline.
SCORELINE: Grafton Ghosts 32 (Josh Brown, Jayden Connors, Dylan Collett, Joel Moss, Mitch Lollback 2 tries; Jay Olsen 4 goals) def Coffs Harbour Comets 6 (Michael Hart tries; Nathan Curry goal)