Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Young Rebels Keen to Win

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Young Rebels Keen to Win

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Byline: Jarrard Potter dailyexaminer.com.au

Rebels in 2016

2016 Group 2 Season

Apr 3: Bye

Apr 10: (H) v Sawtell

Apr 17: (A) v Nambucca Heads

Apr 24: (H) v Grafton Ghosts

May 8: (A) v Woolgoolga

May 15: (H) v Coffs Harbour

May 22: (A) v Macksville

May 29: (H) v Orara Valley

Jun 5: (A) v Bellingen

Jun 19: Bye

Jun 26: (A) v Sawtell

Jul 3: (H) v Nambucca Heads

Jul 10: (A) v Grafton Ghosts

Jul 17: (H) v Woolgoolga

Jul 24: (A) v Coffs Harbour

Jul 31: (H) v Macksville

Aug 7: (A) v Orara Valley

Aug 14: (H) v Bellingen

Aug 20-21: Elim/qual Semi-Final

Aug 27-28: Minor/Major Semi-Final

Sep 4: Final

Sep 11: Grand Final

*Subject to change

EXPECTED LINE-UP

1. Jade Duroux, 2. Adam Lansbury, 3. Hughie Stanley, 4. TBA, 5. TBA, 6. Nick McGrady, 7. Kieren Stewart, 8. Xavier Sullivan, 9. Rhys Walters (c), 10. Karl Woodley, 11. Grant Stevens, 12. Luke Roberts, 13. Luke Welch

SOUTH GRAFTON REBELS: Prediction: 5th

SOUTH Grafton Rebels captain Rhys Walters is confident his side's disrupted preseason won't be an excuse as they look to defend their Group 2 premiership.

The loss of Ant Cowan and Mal Webster Jnr to the Orara Valley Axemen was a tough blow for the Rebels, but Walters believes the young spine of halves duo of Kieren Stewart and Nick McGrady and fullback Jade Duroux will provide the team with plenty of attacking opportunities.

"We got left in the lurch with Ant and Mal heading off like they did, but Kieran and Nick have fitted in nicely and will do the job," Walters said.

Stewart is a recent signing from the Grafton Ghosts, and featured in back-to-back premierships in their reserve grade side.

"I think this is the first time for Kieren [Stewart] in the halves, and at training he seems to be handling it pretty well," Walters said. …

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