Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Rebels Show Strength despite Depleted Forward Pack

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Rebels Show Strength despite Depleted Forward Pack

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Byline: Matthew Elkerton dailyexaminer.com.au

RUGBY LEAGUE: Missing a slew of regular first graders including the bulldozing Xavier Sullivan and a reinvigorated Daine Laurie it was never going to be an easy task for the South Grafton Rebels under lights against Woologoolga Seahorses.

But there is a pride coach Ron Gordon and his men take from their unbeaten record at the fortress McKittrick Park, which now stretches past two-and-a-half years, that meant they were not going to die wondering.

It was the Rebels back row of Austin Cooper, Grant Stevens and Luke Welch who all stood up defiantly for the home side to play the full 80 minutes and charge their way to a grinding 34-18 victory against Woolgoolga.

"Coming in I had two starting front rowers and behind them I had nobody," Gordon said. "If you count them all we were really at sixes and sevens. It really makes this win that much sweeter."

Despite having a mountain of possession at the right end of the field in the first half, Rebels could not manage to put distance between the teams on the board, heading to the sheds at 12-all. …

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