FIGHTING WORDS: Rebels captain Stevie Kirby says his team is prepared to do whatever it takes to wrest third spot from Cudgen.
FIGHTING WORDS: Rebels captain Stevie Kirby says his team is prepared to do whatever it takes to wrest third spot from Cudgen.

Rebels? show of defiance

By TONY WHITE

twhite@dailyexaminer.com.au

"WE want third place on the ladder back and we're determined to get it," South Grafton captain Stevie Kirby said defiantly in the lead up to tomorrow's clash with Cudgen Hornets at McKittrick Oval.

Following the Rebels 36-22 loss to Murwillumbah in round 10, Cudgen, who defeated Ballina 42-36, the Hornets moved to third on the Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League premiership table with South Grafton slipping to fourth.

Kirby said the Rebels are super-keen to upset Cudgen.

"Believe me, we'll give them a rattle up at home," Kirby said.

"Having last week off has done us the world of good with injuries and resting sore bones."

There are several changes to the Rebels lineup ? fullback Walter Donnelly will miss the match through family commitments. Ken Laurie takes over.

Star Under-18s player Dan Randall has been promoted to the wing in first grade and Kirby predicts a bright future for the 16year-old.

"He's very tough in defence and super quick," Kirby said.

Second-rower Brendan Hardy has returned to Brewarrina on family commitments replaced by workhorse Jack Currie, lock Scott Laurie is still under suspension and giant prop Daine Laurie will be missing indefinitely.

SOUTH GRAFTON: Fullback, Ken Lau- rie; wingers, Dave Purcell, Dan Randall; centres, Mark Laurie, Ken Mercy; fiveeigtht, Andy Bell; halfback, Dallas Waters; props, Xavier Sullivan, Travis Daley; hooker, Stevie Kirby (c); secondrowers, Colby Shrader, Jack Currie; lock, Ray Mercy. Coach: Stevie Kirby.

CUDGEN: Fullback, Craig Thurston; wingers, Jackson Hardy, Joe Prichard; centres, Damian Bryant, Andrew King; five-eighth, Troy Dickinovski; halfback, Steve O'Keeth; props, Matty Chadburn, Dan Donovan; hooker, Tane Mulherin; second-row, Chris Sheahan, Andrew Hamilton; lock, Corey Williams. Interchange: Brian McCarthy. Coach: Jamie Mathiou.



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