Coach kicks Rebels into gear with half-time grilling
A HALF-TIME spray from Dallas Waters did the trick for South Grafton Rebels who ran away 58 point to 20 winners over Nambucca Heads Roosters at McKittrick Park yesterday.
The two sides were locked 16-all at the end of a gruelling, free-flowing first half. But after the Rebels coach made his feelings clear the players replied with a 40-point second-half spree to ensure they remain unbeaten at the top of the Group 2 Rugby League ladder.
"What I said at half-time was warranted," Waters declared after the match.
"The score reflected the game. If we're going to be a force we can't rest on our laurels and be complacent."
Elsewhere Grafton Ghosts met their match, beaten 24-22 by a Macksville Sea Eagles side bolstered by former Toulouse Olympique players Aaron Wood and Florian Quintilla in heavy conditions at Allen Gillett Oval.
The rev-up kicked Rebels into gear with Oral Monaghan grabbing his first start at left centre with both hands by scoring a classy second-half hat-trick.
Meanwhile a depleted Lower Clarence Magpies were no match for Marist Brothers in the NRRRL, thrashed 60-nil. The cause was not helped when Rhys Appo was sent off for punching an opponent in the face.
SOUTH GRAFTON REBELS 58 (Oral Monaghan 3, Roy Bell 2, Thomas McGrady 2, Jeff Skeen, Steve Walker, Ant Cowan, Chris Carr tries) defeated NAMBUCCA HEADS ROOSTERS 20 (Jay Melrose 2, Edgar Cowell, David Marchant tries; Melrose, Cowell goals).