Champion halfback Ant Cowan was almost impossible for the Axemen to control
Champion halfback Ant Cowan was almost impossible for the Axemen to control Debrah Novak

South Grafton run free against disappointing Orara Valley

SOUTH Grafton kept up the rampage through the Group 2 season with a lacklustre Orara Valley the latest to feel the power.

Another dominant display at McKittrick Park saw the Rebels rip through the Axemen's defence with the 52-30 score ending a bleak afternoon for the visitors.

The returns of brick wall props Steven and Jordan Walker were an obvious assist.

In fact, Rebels were first to strike through a barnstorming run from big prop Steven.

Standing on the 10-metre line, half Ant Cowan was able to lay it off to the giant front-rower who would have taken two teams of defence to stop from that far out.

On the back of a cheap fourth tackle penalty the Axemen marched into the Rebels half.

But a silly last tackle dummy-half barge over attempt cost them possession and ultimately points when Rebels winger Tom McGrady got out of a tackle, slipped a pass to fullback Roy Bell and stood back to watch the flying custodian race away to score under the dot.

With the score blown out to 24-0 it looked like a forgettable afternoon for Orara until poor discipline from the home side saw the visitors grab two quick tries.

Orara came out of the sheds ready for action and drew first blood to bring themselves within 12 points of the lead.

However, that was the closest they got before the Rebels turned on an attacking clinic.

Rebels coach Dallas Waters was happy to come away with two points but thought ill-discipline was an area that needed work.

"Giving away cheap penalties, especially when we had the ball is just not on," he said.

"It needs fixing."



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