HIT HARD: Rebel Ian Leota is hit in one of Orara Valley’s few defensive efforts last week. Photo: Debrah Novak
HIT HARD: Rebel Ian Leota is hit in one of Orara Valley’s few defensive efforts last week. Photo: Debrah Novak

South Grafton Rebels pumped for Group 2 clash at Macksville

SOUTH Grafton Rebels will be on the hunt for a win to consolidate their position as Group 2 contenders.

They will have a fair way to travel for it, tackling the biggest road trip of the competition to face Macksville Sea Eagles.

If anything, South Grafton will be pumped for the clash off their 64-4 thumping of Orara Valley Axemen last week.

Coach Dallas Waters put that success down to the increased attention on ball control, which had undermined their efforts in the first two rounds.

"It was certainly a big turnaround compared to the last few weeks," Waters said.

"We completed much better than the first two weeks and it showed. We played a good brand of footy on the back of that.

"The signs had been there in the last few weeks, we just put it together on the day."

The Rebels' 60-point success was built on the back of the forward pack getting their jobs done and allowing the talented backline time to perform to their ability.

Waters is after a similar showing this week, but knows Macksville presents a tricky combatant in front of their home fans.

"They're going to be difficult down there," Waters said.

"We've got enough footy in us to get there, we just need to control the ball like we did (last week).

"Everyone played their part (last week). We supported each other really well.

"I think our experience will get us there."

A win will boost the Rebels' confidence ahead of one of their toughest challenges next week.

They will host Group 2 benchmark Coffs Comets next Saturday, hours before they celebrate their 100th year.

 South Grafton's Team of the Century will be revealed in The Daily Examiner next Friday.



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