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Rebels produce second half magic to blow Nambucca off park

Rebels Rhys Waters, Thomas O'Grady and Mal Webster move in to plug a defensive hole the Roosters seek to exploit.
Rebels Rhys Waters, Thomas O'Grady and Mal Webster move in to plug a defensive hole the Roosters seek to exploit. Debrah Novak

SOUTH Grafton needed just 40 minutes of football against Nambucca Heads to show how lethal their attack is in 2015.

The Rebels piled on 42 second half points highlighted by halfback Ant Cowan linking brilliantly on the left fringe with new recruit Oral Monaghan who came into the starting side at left centre as replacement for suspended Hughie Stanley.

The Group 2 Gladiators centre is due to return from a three-match ban in round eight against Bellingen-Dorrigo Magpies on June 14.

Monaghan was a vital component as the home side demolished the Roosters 58-28.

He's a former Group 3 rep player who first emerged here in Group 2 with Port Macquarie Sharks.

"It was pretty good to score a hat trick in my first game of first grade," Monaghan said.

"It's a heaps good side to be part of, especially with the halves (Cowan and Mal Webster) and Roy (Bell) at the back.

"There was plenty of communication and we were hitting our straps."

However, the second half blitz came on the back of the side's worst half of the season - it was 16-all at half-time.

"In the first half we didn't communicate right and slacked off in tackles," Monaghan said.

"The coach (Dallas Waters) told us that we know we can play better than this, so we went out and did it."

Although Rebels are undefeated so far this season, they have not beaten this Sunday's opponents Grafton Ghosts since 2009.

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