Rebel Ant Cowan goes over for a try against the Coffs Harbour Comets at McKittrick Park yesterday.
Rebel Ant Cowan goes over for a try against the Coffs Harbour Comets at McKittrick Park yesterday. Debrah Novak

South Grafton Rebels claim tough win over Coffs Comets

SOUTH Grafton Rebels outclassed their opponents the Coffs Harbour Comets at McKittrick Park yesterday, downing the Comets 44-30 in a backline masterclass.

But it was not all good news for the Rebels side with prop Karl Woodley not returning from the sheds after sustaining a torn calf muscle. The full extent of the injury is unknown.

Halfback Ant Cowan who joined his Rebels teammates for the first time this season yesterday was the star of the show kicking back-to-back 40/20s in the second half to kickstart a Rebel revival.

The first half was sloppy with both teams having ample opportunity at their opponents line but failing to convert it into points thanks largely to handling errors.

It took 30 minutes of play before the first points were added to the scoreboard with Rebels fullback Nicholas McGrady backing up his own try-saving effort in defence and going over in the corner to score.

However it did not take the Comets long to square the ledger with big forward Miles Fairbank crashing across and Nathan Curry converted from halfway to the sideline to take the lead.

But the Comets came out of the sheds firing and with the Rebels a man down on the bench fatigue began to creep in to their game.

Rebels big man Dwayne Duke crashed over the line before the Comets began chasing them down with a second try to Miles Fairbank and a try to John Oakes under the black dot.

The Comets began to run roughshod over the Rebels but were unable to get the ball across the stripe. In steps man of the match Cowan.

The small halfback booted two massive 40/20s which the Rebels scored off the back of each one. Giving them a seemingly unassailable 14 point lead.

But the match was not over there with the Comets drawing back to within two points with seven minutes remaining in what appeared to be a show down.

The Rebels ran in two tries in the dying minutes to Roy Bell and Cowan to put the icing on top what was a tough match-up.



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