Rebels fall to Sawtell Panthers in Group 2; Ghosts win
SOUTH Grafton Rebels have gone down swinging to Sawtell Panthers in their second round Group 2 clash.
The Rebels were keen to prove last week's poor 40-18 loss to Woolgoolga Seahorses was a one-off performance, but the Panthers proved too strong in front of their home fans for the first time this season, winning 50-22.
Grafton Ghosts led Woolgoolga 22-6 at half time, with a Mitch Lollback hat trick leading the side to an eventual 42-6 win.
Coffs Comets, who will host the Ghosts in next week's blockbuster, cruised to a 48-18 win over Macksville Sea Eagles.
Bellingen Magpies comfortably beat Orara Valley Axemen 28-6 in the other game.
The Axemen have formally withdrawn their under-18s team from the competition citing a lack of numbers.
Sawtell Panthers 50 def South Grafton Rebels 22 at Richardson Park, Sawtell.
Grafton Ghosts 42 def Woolgoolga Seahorses 6 at Woolgoolga Sports Ground, Woolgoolga.
Bellingen Magpies 28 def Orara Valley Axemen 6 at The Coliseum Coramba.
Coffs Harbour Comets 48 def Macksville Sea Eagles 18 at Alan Gillert Oval, Macksville.
Sawtell Panthers 38 def South Grafton Rebels 26 at Richardson Park, Sawtell.
Grafton Ghosts 42 def Woolgoolga Seahorses 8 at Woolgoolga Sports Ground, Woolgoolga.
Orara Valley Axemen 28 def Bellingen Magpies 14 at The Coliseum Coramba.
Coffs Harbour Comets 46 def Macksville Sea Eagles 10 at Alan Gillert Oval, Macksville.
South Grafton Rebels 36 def Sawtell Panthers 14 at Richardson Park, Sawtell.
Woolgoolga Seahorses 40 def Grafton Ghosts 14 at Woolgoolga Sports Ground, Woolgoolga.
Macksville Sea Eagles 30 Coffs Harbour Comets 10 at Alan Gillert Oval, Macksville.
Orara Valley Axemen forfeited their under-18s team and have withdrawn from the competition.
There were no games in the Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League competition due to the Easter Weekend. Lower Clarence Magpies will resume their season next week with a road trip to Casino.