South Grafton Rebels answer critics
THE South Grafton Rebels have answered their critics by downing South Tweed 42-28 in the Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League competition.
Going into the away match, the Rebels had been given a wake-up call following losses away to Ballina and Murwillumbah.
The Rebels' victory was sprearheaded by talented five-eighth Dallas Waters who bravely went back on after taking a knock on the chin in the first half.
Waters' organisational skills are vital to the Rebels. He was taken to the sideline to overcome dizziness after the hard knock.
South Grafton officials at one stage were unsure whether Waters should return to the game. He did a quarter of an hour later and managed to get the Rebels on track.
Big prop Xavier Sullivan was again to the fore for the Rebels, as was fullback Walter Donnelly. His off-loading and line breaks contributed to the Rebels' victory.
The Rebels' confidence was boosted by the win as it was their first trip to the Tweed in the competition and they came away with the victory points.
South Grafton will need that confidence to remain on track for premiership honours, especially as they play the much vaunted Tweed Seagulls at McKittrick Park, South Grafton on Sunday.
And if the law of averages applies, Souths have the muscle to outgun the Seagulls.
Marist Brothers defeated the Seagulls recently. The Rebels have beaten Marist Brothers this season.
Meanwhile, the South Grafton lower grades ? reserves and Under-18s ? are smarting after losses to South Tweed Heads.
The reserves were outmatched 36-18, while the Under-18s went down 18-20.
The Under-18s' match was controversial with three South Tweed players sin-binned in the second half for back-chatting.
Earlier in the match there was an all-in brawl.