ACCURACY wasn't a strong point for the Bathurst Bushrangers Rebels on the weekend but their offensive pressure still overwhelmed hosts Parkes Panthers on Saturday.
Rebels recorded a 17-29-131 to 5-9-39 win over Panthers to leap into top spot on the ladder, courtesy of the Orange Tigers' defeat against the Bathurst Giants.
The 92-point hammering looks devastating on paper for the Panthers but Rebels co-coach Matt Archer was quick to credit the home side for making the Bushrangers earn every goal which came their way.
"Parkes were probably a bit unlucky, were quite competitive and made things very hard for us. We weren't great but we got the job done and that's the main thing," he said.
"We're slowing learning the ropes still for how we want to play. A lot of the time we've got the right idea but we just fail in the execution.
"Some of our senior players are probably getting caught out in trying a bit too much and a lot of our less experienced guys are probably the glue holding us together at the moment."
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Rebels restricted Panthers to just a single goal in the first half, while picking up seven of their own, but Parkes were found more opportunities to score later in the match.
They weren't going to stop the Rebels though, who had seven different players finish with two goals or more.
Archer said several players really made a statement against Parkes.
"Sam Kennedy played half the game in the ruck. He's had a stellar year. He's one of those players who has really put their hand up to lead this team," he said.
"Ryan O'Flaherty is a new guy from down Adelaide way who hasn't played for a while but has gotten better and better with each game we've played. He had an absolutely great game.
"Simon Ross has stepped up to play in a key back role for us this year and he too had a fantastic game."
Rebels return home next round to play the Cowra Blues.