Rebels shake up spine ahead of Woopi return clash

17th June 2017 8:00 AM
Nick McGrady goes on the charge for the Rebels during the Group 2 first grade Round 10 clash between South Grafton Rebels and Coffs Harbour Comets. Nick McGrady goes on the charge for the Rebels during the Group 2 first grade Round 10 clash between South Grafton Rebels and Coffs Harbour Comets. Matthew Elkerton

RUGBY LEAGUE: Dual premiership winning dummy-half Rhys Walters is set to make his long-awaited return to the South Grafton Rebels starting hooker role this weekend.

The Rebels will return to Group 2 first grade action after the long weekend competition bye round to take on an embattled Woolgoolga Seahorses side with a new look spine hoping to make an impact on the competition.

Emerging playmaker Nick McGrady has held on to the halfback role after an impressive outing against the Coffs Harbour Comets last game while Kieren Stewart will slip back to fullback in the absence of Kayan Davis.

Hugh Stanley will partner McGrady in the halves as the Rebels aim for the right mix of youth and experience to steer the side.

Rebels coach Ron Gordon admitted switching McGrady to halfback was an effort to give the talented youngster more time with the ball in his hands.

"He is my safe player, he is the bloke that whenever he is on the field I feel confident,” Gordon said.

"He really stepped up when I asked him to make the switch, I thought he was easily the best on ground.”

Injured prop Karl Woodley also returns to the Rebels line-up to give the side a bit more starch in the middle third of the field alongside bulldozing Xavier Sullivan.

REBELS TEAM

1. Kieren Stewart; 2. Cameron Stewart; 3. Austin Cooper; 4. Aaron Taylor; 5. Anthony Skinner; 6. Hughie Stanley; 7. Nick McGrady; 8. Karl Woodley; 9. Rhys Walters; 10. Xavier Sullivan; 11. Matty Laurie; 12. Grant Stevens (c); 13. Luke Welch; 14. Jeff Skeen. Coach: Ron Gordon