SLEIGHTOFHAND:Rebels playmaker Ray Mercy, pictured, has been in superb touch, either scoring tries or setting them up in bot
SLEIGHTOFHAND:Rebels playmaker Ray Mercy, pictured, has been in superb touch, either scoring tries or setting them up in bot

WE MUST IMPROVE

By ADRIAN MILLER

AFTER last week's disappointing performance, the South Grafton Rebels are keen to make amends against Byron Bay tomorrow in round eight of the Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League competition.

Up against a struggling outfit, the Rebels will be intent on lifting their game and playing to their strengths, something they haven't achieved so far this year.

Captain/coach Stevie Kirby said after last week's sloppy performance in the local derby against Grafton Ghosts, the team had been ironing out the kinks on the training paddock aiming to improve on last week.

"We've been working a lot on defence and we will be looking to have better ball security and complete our sets of six," he said.

Kirby said while it was good to come away with the win last week after playing so poorly, another poor performance from the team wouldn't be acceptable.

"It was really good to get the two points last week, but I was really disappointed in how we played. We dropped a lot of ball and gave away too many penalties," he said.

Byron Bay have struggled so far this year, winning only one game from the first seven rounds.

And with injuries making them unable to field a reserve grade side tomorrow, it's hard to see them notching a win against a Rebels side who've only lost one match for the season.

Kirby said although Byron wasn't at the top of their game, the Rebels would not be taking it easy.

"I don't know much about Byron Bay to be honest, but we're not going to be taking it lightly, we're going into it expecting a tough game," he said.

Kirby said the Rebels game plan would be simple. To let their skillful and pacy backs run loose.

"We're going to be looking at unleashing our backs. The forwards will hopefully lay a platform for our backs, who we will look to score most of our points."

The team for Sunday is: Fullback: Walter Donnelly, wingers: Joe Gordon and Dave Purcell, centres: Ray Mercy and Ken Mercy, five-eight: Andy Bell, halfback: Dallas Waters, props: Xavier Sullivan and Brendon Hardy, hooker: Stevie Kirby(c), second rows: Colin Mitchell and Colby Schrader, lock: Scott Laurie.



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