DOUBLE PRESSURE: Grafton has no option than to roll the Snappers and take a bonus point.
DOUBLE PRESSURE: Grafton has no option than to roll the Snappers and take a bonus point. Gary Nichols

Grafton facing double trouble

THREE weeks back Grafton was undefeated and a lay down misere for the minor premiership and all the joys and advantages that brings.

Hastings Valley did the unthinkable with a narrow win and suddenly the Redmen have Vikings breathing down their necks and one point behind as today's final round arrives. It works this way.

Grafton must beat Coffs Snappers, otherwise it's probably curtains.

A bonus point from scoring four tries would be handy as Hastings are at home to Southern Cross University and nobody is predicting the upset in the 2017 grand final at Oxley Oval will happen again.

And Vikings are at tomato sauce odds to take a bonus point.

One possible ace up Grafton's sleeve is the points differential where at this stage if the two main contenders finish level on premiership points, the northerners have better for and against and that could be enough to keep their season ticking over.

Snappers will be going all out to turn a dream 2018 on its head.

In the other match it's not beyond reason Wauchope are a chance at breaking their duck against Kempsey following a more than reasonable showing in patches during last week's visit to Marlins Park.

Another reason for joy in the Coffs Harbour camp is news this week to say young star Jack Winchester has earned selection in the Australian Schoolboys Rugby team, arguably among the most prestigious positions in national junior sport.



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