Casino captain Carl Tahatu secures lineout ball during the Bulls’ 20-17 win over SCU last month. The Bulls will travel to Grafton to tackle the Redmen.
Casino captain Carl Tahatu secures lineout ball during the Bulls’ 20-17 win over SCU last month. The Bulls will travel to Grafton to tackle the Redmen.

Short back to boost Pioneers

WOLLONGBAR-Alstonville flanker Gavin Short returns to the run-on team when the Pioneers play Lismore City in Far North Coast rugby union at Lismore Rugby Park this afternoon.

Short has missed most of the season through injury and made a successful return off the bench last weekend.

He will have to be at his best, with Lismore loose forwards James Olivieri, Vaughan Nilsson and Jay Onslow doing the job on the Lennox Head Trojans pack last weekend in a 30-7 win.

Veteran front-rower Damien Keys comes in with City shooting for its sixth consecutive win against a young and enthusiastic Pioneers forward pack.

Meanwhile, Casino will be desperate to get off the bottom of the ladder when it plays the Grafton Redmen at Grafton Rugby Park.

Casino is equal last with the Southern Cross University Gold Rats on nine points.

The Bulls face a tough test against a Grafton team that is always hard to beat at home.

A win would allow the Bulls to leap-frog the Redmen to fifth on the ladder.

The previous time the teams met the Bulls ground out a 20-10 victory at Albert Park, Casino.

Apart from a 39-8 drubbing from the Wollongbar-Alstonville Pioneers in the fourth round of the competition, the Bulls have been competitive in all games.

Their most recent win was a hard-fought 20-17 victory over the Gold Rats last month.

Both games will kick offat 3.15pm.

The SCU v Lennox Head match has been postponed because of ground closures.

Ballina has the bye.