Rebels put Comets to sword to host Group 2 Grand Final
SOUTH Grafton Rebels have done what was seemingly impossible only two years ago - by booking themselves a spot in the Group 2 Grand Final two weeks away.
The Rebels were a force to be reckoned with yesterday afternoon against a Coffs Harbour Comets side who were unceremoniously blown away.
An 11-try feast for the Rebels side who were only let down by their goal kicking, putting over only five from their 11 chances.
Rebels winger Oral Monaghan got the home side underway on the scoreboard through typical Rebels razzle dazzle backline play.
The winger was then followed over the stripe on the next set by his halfback Ant Cowan who threw a show and go that confused his own teammates along with the defence.
Powerhouse centre Chris Carr got across the line from a Cowan cut out ball before the crafty number three pulled off the heist of the century. A one on one strip as the Comets were bringing the ball forward from a 20 metre tap restart.
And if that had not embarassed the Comets side, a Nick McGrady trebble in the second half was sure to put the icing on the cake.
The Comets did return from the dressing sheds with vigour and at 18-0 down going into the break they needed to be first to score.
Big Matt Cheeseman made an impact from the bench scoring Coffs lone try but it was not the comeback Col Speed was hoping for.
The Rebels appeared to almost score at will in the second half with halfback Ant Cowan directing players all over the park and keeping the ball on a string.
Nick McGrady was the benefactor on three occasions before Ian Leota crashed his way up the middle and big Dwayne Duke tip-toed his way down the touch line to bring up the home side's half century.
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The Rebels will have the weekend off before hosting the Group 2 Grand Final at McKittrick Park for the first time in history.