LEADER ON THE FIELD: South Grafton Rebels’ half Hughie Stanley has been inspirational for the South Grafton side this season leading the team around the park.
LEADER ON THE FIELD: South Grafton Rebels’ half Hughie Stanley has been inspirational for the South Grafton side this season leading the team around the park. Debrah Novak

Rebels knocking down the Woolgoolga house

RUGBY LEAGUE: The South Grafton Rebels are ready to continue their undefeated start to their premiership defence when they travel away to Woolgoolga this Sunday.

But according to co-captain Rhy Walters what has come before this season does not matter with the Rebels dissecting each game individually.

"We are fairly confident heading into the clash with Woopi but we know we haven't won anything yet," he said.

"The boys like Hughie Stanley and Xavier Sullivan are getting in there and saying each week is a new week. Every week we have to go out there knock the building down and rebuild it from scratch.

"But each week we rebuild it a little better, we keep adding more to the performance.

"We were pretty happy walking out of the clash with Grafton but there is always things we can work on."

With second row workhorse Grant 'Stumpy' Stevens taking on a co-captaincy role this year and local league veterans Stanley and Sullivan stepping up the Rebels are not short of inspirational leaders on and off the paddock.

"Having Stumpy there really helps out and ever since Hughie came to the club he has been a leader for us," Walters said.

"And having Big Xav back in the line-up is great. He leads the forwards and the boys lift off the back of his efforts.

"He makes it so much easier for us other forwards by carrying it 15 to 20 metres and carrying four or five blokes each time.

"He is handy coming out of trouble as well, you might get two or three tackles and be stuck in the 30m but hand Xav the ball and next thing we're on the halfway line looking to attack."

This weekend will be the first time the Rebels have visited Woolgoolga in almost two years after the Seahorses sat out the competition last season.

But it is a drastically different Rebels side to the one that went down 26-24 to Woolgoolga on that day.

"They are two wins and two losses so far this season so they must be doing something right," Walters said.

"We don't pay too much attention to what the other teams are doing, we rather focus on our own backyard.

"We will head into this one with the same mindset that has won our first three."



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