Newcastle Rebels advance in CRL Country Championship with win against North Coast


Maitland duo Jarrod and Lincoln Smith are celebrating after the Newcastle Rebels under 23s smashed North Coast 50-18 at Cessnock Sportsground on Saturday.

However, the Newcastle Rebels Ladies League Tag team, which featured Maitland’s Emma Martin, has bowed out the CRL Championships losing 10-20 to North Coast.

The Rebels under-23 team, which also featured Cessnock’s Reed Hugo, Sam Apthorpe and Robert Tuliatu, led 20-6 at half-time and didn’t let the foot off the pedal.


Maitland trio Jarrod and Lincoln Smith and Emma Martin's Newcastle Rebels campaigns continue on Saturday at Cessnock Sportsground. 

Pickers hooker Jarrod Smith and Lincoln Smith who will start in the front row when the under-23 team meets North Cost after their 34-14 win against Northern Rivers on the weekend..

Maitland Pickers’ Emma Martin is the only Coalfields player in the Rebels LLT team, which also plays North Coast after accounting for Northern Rivers 36-4. 

The Maitland under-23 duo will be joined by Cessnock’s Reed Hugo, Sam Apthorpe and Robert Tuliatu who have also retained their spots on the bench.

The Rebels Ladies League Tag game kicks off at 11.05am, with the under-23s to follow at 12.10pm, as Cessnock hosts Macquarie Scorpions.

Under 23: Newcastle Rebels 34 (R Fepuleai 2, J Ghoulmieh, W Alatini, L Higgins, C Randall tries; K Kennedy 5 goals) def. NRRRL 14 

Ladies League Tag: Newcastle Rebels 36 (G Gallagher 2, R Cipata 2, E Coppins, A Jones, J Glanville, S Higgins tries; A Jones 2 goals) def. NRRRL 4 

Saturday’s games: Cessnock LLT 11am; Rebels LLT 11.05am; Rebels U23 12.10pm;  Cessnock U19 1.50pm, Cessnock Reserve Grade 3.05pm; Cessnock First Grade 4.35pm