Blueprint for success
WHEN Dallas Waters took on the job as South Grafton Rebels coach, he took control of a team with plenty of potential but little on-field execution and less hope of winning games.
They finished second last in 2013 thanks to a last-round thumping of an understrength Lower Clarence Magpies outfit, and many wrote the Rebels off as a "rebuilding" team that would struggle to win.
In just the third of the Group 2 season, Waters has guided the Rebels to the equal largest win of the season, and silenced the team's critics in the process.
A 60-point flogging is more than just a win for Waters. It is the product of six months of hard work by everyone involved in the club, and could be the springboard to more success.
"It's very pleasing given the coaches and staff put so much time and effort into it," Waters said.
"My plan was always to start well, but we gained so many new players in the off-season it was going to take time to jell as a team.
"We didn't make too many mistakes, starved Orara of possession, and now we've had that win we know how to do it."
Waters knows all too well the euphoric high the Rebels experienced after the win could come crashing down next week, with a tough road trip to Macksville on the cards.
He said his team, however, should be able to back up their supreme effort.
"I think experience will play a part. Macksville will be very difficult at home and we'll have to be at our best," Waters said.
"We've got enough footy in us to get there."
Sunday's game presented the Rebels with a blueprint to beat any side.
Their forwards, led by the impressive Ian Leota and boosted by the returning Birrigan Young, punched holes in the Orara Valley defence.
Bud Johnson and Jay Melrose were outstanding in the halves, scoring a mountain of tries and playing each hand to perfection.
When they swung it to the backs they were ready with open arms, intent on controlling the pill they barely touched in the first two weeks.
"I'd like to highlight the team performance. Everyone played their part," Waters said.
"We supported each other really well. It was a great effort."