No brotherly love on the field

Big Rebels prop Karl Woodley would barely fit in the No.7 jersey, but the 27-year-old could take the chance to squeeze into the much smaller shirt if it means a better chance of hammering the Grafton Ghosts' pivot, his brother Raih Woodley.

"I give it to him all the time," Karl said.

"I'm the big brother, I just have to pass it on," he said.

And so he did.

First it was little brother Matthew who was on the receiving end, then when Raih came along, he copped it from all angles.

There is every chance Raih could cop it from all angles on the field tomorrow, with Matthew stepping up to the Rebels' first grade side in recent weeks.

"It's good, I get to play alongside my brother quite a lot, I just have to work on getting Raih to come over so all three of us are together," Karl said.

"Matt's been playing up in firsts for the last few weeks so he might be there again. Then we can both go after him.

"He'll probably just step around us like he does at home though."

Raih holds the wood over his brothers ("on the field", Karl pointed out) after the Ghosts' 42-10 win at McKittrick Park earlier this season.

Before that game Karl said he planned to target his brother, but he admitted on Thursday it didn't go to plan.

"I didn't get much of a chance to get him," Karl said.

"I think I threw him off a few times though. He dropped his lollies for sure."

Raih fired back immediately.

"I just thought I would give you a chance," Raih said.

"Karl was a bit upset after that game so let it go that time. He was pretty upset so thought I'd let him off.

"I'll be looking for him tomorrow. I'll just run over him."

It's been a rough year for the Rebels who showed plenty of promise in the early stages of the season.

The wheels fell off after their fifth round loss to Coffs Comets, in which they were leading only for ill-discipline to cost them the game.

From that point they more hot and cold than a dodgy thermostat, the lowlight being the 54-44 loss to Macksville in which the visitors piled on 26 points in the final 18 minutes to win.

"If we didn't have the half time break we'd be fine," Karl said.

"We go pretty well until then, but something happens and we do the complete opposite to what we need to do in the second half."

The blue-and-whites are coming off two huge wins, the combined tally 238-8.

Fullback Mitch Lollback has 14 tries from the past two games, with winger Matt Muller scoring 90 points.


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