TAKE HIM DOWN: Rebel Jay Melrose brings down a player during the Group 2 rugby league match between the South Grafton Rebels and Woolgoolga Seahorses at McKittrick Park last Sunday. PHOTO: DEBRAH NOVAK
TAKE HIM DOWN: Rebel Jay Melrose brings down a player during the Group 2 rugby league match between the South Grafton Rebels and Woolgoolga Seahorses at McKittrick Park last Sunday. PHOTO: DEBRAH NOVAK

First Group 2 road trip carries expectation for the Rebels

IT IS a new week for the South Grafton Rebels, but the same line-up as last week's will take on the Sawtell Panthers at Rex Hardaker Oval tomorrow.

However, coach Dallas Waters is expecting a very different performance to his troops' effort in their 40-18 round one loss to the Woolgoolga Seahorses.

In that game, the Rebels gave away mountains of possession and when they didn't have the ball, they found themselves on the wrong end of an increasingly lopsided penalty count.

"I'm persevering with the same team," Waters said.

"Last week we just didn't get ourselves into a position to build pressure against Woolgoolga.

"We will focus on doing the basics, getting a fair share of the ball and completing our sets."

Waters is under no illusions life in Group 2 is about to get any easier.

Sawtell is coming off a 34-14 away win over the Bellingen Magpies and will be confident on their home turf.

It will be the Rebels' first road trip of the season, after their forgettable home display at McKittrick Park.

"It is always much harder to steal the two points when they're at home," Waters said. "We've certainly got to be on our game - get our backyard in order and give Jay Melrose and Aaron Martin a chance to set us up out wide."

First grade starts at 2.30pm.

REBELS LINE-UP

1. Brogan Melrose

2. Andrew Gillett

3. Michael Randall

4. Donald Johnson

5. Anthony Skinner

6. Aaron Martin

7. Jay Melrose

8. Ian Leota

9. Rhys Walters

10. Vincent Duroux

11. Dwayne Duke

12. Karl Woodley

13. Luke Welsh

Interchange

14. Ben Woods

15. Matthew McLennan

16. Ronald Gordon

17. Tasman Randall



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