Rebels captain Grant Stevens has a talk with forward Ed Vale Tighe during a break in play during the Group 2 first grade Round 9 match between South Grafton Rebels and Macksville Sea Eagles at McKittrick Park on Sunday, May 28.
Rebels captain Grant Stevens has a talk with forward Ed Vale Tighe during a break in play during the Group 2 first grade Round 9 match between South Grafton Rebels and Macksville Sea Eagles at McKittrick Park on Sunday, May 28. Matthew Elkerton

Where's the mateship? Coach demands more from Rebels

RUGBY LEAGUE: South Grafton Rebels coach Ron Gordon admitted his side was far from its best despite defeating Macksville Sea Eagles 30-14 at McKittrick Park on Sunday.

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Gordon said the players on field had forgotten the one thing that carried the Rebels to back-to-back premierships in 2015 and 2016: mateship.

"We were flat out there, our teamship today was honestly horrible, it was atrocious," he said. "They were 17 individuals out there.

"I think we need to sit down and work on us, work on our relationships as a team again. We have let it drift this year."

Gordon said an emotional week following the death of Rebels' son Adam Shiels had sent the side on a roller coast ride but "that was no excuse".

While the side was flat for large chunks of the game, an inspirational solo effort from forward Xavier Sullivan kick started the Rebels fight back late in the second half.

"Xav and Stump (Grant Stevens) went out and delivered on everything they said they would," he said.

"But I am afraid no one else in the 17 did out there."

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Gordon said he didn't quite know what the quick fix to the solution was or even if there was a quick fix but he said fans could expect a change to the line-up in coming weeks.

"A lot of boys have already been asked to play out of position and I know that is tough on them," he said. "But there comes a time when you just need to buck up and do what is right for the team."

Will South Grafton Rebels win a third straight Group 2 title in 2017?

This poll ended on 15 August 2017.

Current Results

Yes - Nothing can stop the Rebels juggernaut at the moment. Let the good times roll.

36%

Maybe - A legacy has started, but the new committee must not drop the ball.

16%

I don't think so - Taunton and Matthews masterminded two premierships. A third, without them, would be a stretch.

10%

No - Every dog has his day. The Rebels are done.

36%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.



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