New South Grafton Rebels forward Sione Tonga on the charge against the Sawtell Panthers. Group 2 rugby league 6 May 2018 Rex Hardaker Oval Photo: Brad Greenshields
New South Grafton Rebels forward Sione Tonga on the charge against the Sawtell Panthers. Group 2 rugby league 6 May 2018 Rex Hardaker Oval Photo: Brad Greenshields Brad Greenshields

Giant-killing Rebels pull off shock win at Sawtell

RUGBY LEAGUE: South Grafton Rebels have retaken their mantle as the Group 2 giant-killers after knocking off the table-topping Sawtell Panthers in a bruising clash at Rex Hardaker Oval.

Despite losing inspirational lock Luke Welch in the opening half to a gruesome eye injury, and fullback Izack Smidt late in the game, the Rebels fought hard to hold on for a 20-18 victory.

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