TOUCHDOWN: South Grafton Rebels’ Dwayne Duke dives over for a try during the local derby clash against Grafton Ghosts at McKittrick Park yesterday.
TOUCHDOWN: South Grafton Rebels’ Dwayne Duke dives over for a try during the local derby clash against Grafton Ghosts at McKittrick Park yesterday. Debrah Novak

RUGBY LEAGUE: Rebels prevail in derby demolition

RUGBY LEAGUE: Jade Duroux had a derby day to remember with the pint-sized winger crossing the tryline twice and producing an almost perfect day with the boot to help steer the South Grafton Rebels to a resounding win 28-14 over cross-town rivals Grafton Ghosts.

The Rebels delivered a red and white-wash in the Battle for the River with the home side winning all three grades at McKittrick Park.

The A-grade encounter would be a tough and bruising affair but the Ghosts opening the scoring in the first set of the match after Blake Winmill made space with the ball before kicking through for his potent left-edge attack.

Dylan Collett scored the try but celebrations were short lived with the Ghosts soon found napping on their own line.

Rebels halfback Theeran Pearson laid on two tries in quick succession with Duroux crossing first before Hughie Stanley touched down.

Things went from bad to worse for the Ghosts when enforcer Ryan Binge was sent from the field following an alleged headbutt.

The Rebels made the most of the player advantage with Dwayne Duke celebrating his return to McKittrick Park with a try before the sides made for the sheds with the Rebels ahead by 10.

The Rebels continued the second half in the same vein they finished the first getting the roll over the Ghosts forward pack before spreading wide to their attacking weapons on the wings.

Tries to Nick McGrady and a second for Duroux rounded out a classy backline performance for the red and whites before a late consolation try to Jake Barnett completed the scoring.

SOUTH GRAFTON REBELS 28 (Jade Duroux 2, Hughie Stanley, Dwayne Duke, Nick McGrady tries; Jade Duroux 4 goals) def GRAFTON GHOSTS 14 (Dylan Collett, Mitch Lollback, Jake Barnett tries; Jay Olsen goal).

Who will win the 2016 Group 2 Rugby League First Grade Premiership?

This poll ended on 15 August 2016.

Current Results

South Grafton Rebels

34%

Coffs Harbour Comets

10%

Nambucca Heads Roosters

3%

Grafton Ghosts

20%

Macksville Sea Eagles

4%

Sawtell Panthers

7%

Orara Valley Axemen

9%

Bellingen Magpies

3%

Woolgoolga Seahorses

5%

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

FLASHBACK - Check out South Grafton's win at Frank McGuren Field in 2015 - their first victory over the Ghosts since 2009:



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