Three try Teki sets up Rebels win over Two BluesSouthern Districts remain undefeated in 2015, following a bonus point win over Parramatta at Forshaw Park on Saturday.
Rebels winger Matt Teki claimed a hat-trick as the home side ran in five tries to one to record a 34-7 victory.
“It was a good win. The boys played very well in the first half, it was exactly how we wanted to play,” coach Matt Barr said.
“I think we lost our way a little bit in the second half, but our defence was very good so that was pleasing.”
Southern Districts looked brilliant early, picking up a four-try bonus point before half time.
“We were a little disappointing in attack against Warringah so we worked hard during the week to refine that and restructure our shape.”
“I think that really showed on Saturday. When we got that front foot ball and put some phases together, we played some great rugby.”
However the polish disappeared after the break, with two yellow cards forcing the Rebels to defend with just 13 players.
“We had to defend for some long periods and that really took some juice out of the tank (in the second half). We started to force a few passes and gave away a few turnovers.”
Barr was full of praise for Teki, who continues to impress after finishing 2014 as the Sydney Colt’s competitions leading point scorer.
“He’s made a great transition from Colts to Grade. He worked really hard in the off-season and pre-season so he certainly deserves where he is at, at the moment. “
“He’s so keen to learn. He really absorbs everything that the coaches have to say, he is constantly asking the senior players for advice, so it is great to see him having success early in the season.”
After losing their opening three matches in 2014, the Rebels will look for a third successive win this weekend when they travel to Penrith.
“It’s something we definitely spoke about in the pre-season. (The slow start) really made things tough for us last year and we had to rely on other results.”
“It’s certainly nice to be two from two after last year.”
In the weekends other matches, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 1st Colts and 2nd Colts recorded victories over Parramatta, whilst 2nd Grade drew 13-13.