Rebel Marlins Return Home To Sting the Rays

by Paul Cook - There was a familiar look to the faces on show at Manly Oval last Thursday as the North Harbour Rays took on Melbourne Rising in the Buildcorp NRC. Naturally, with the Manly Marlins being one of the four Shute Shield clubs feeding players into the Rays set-up, there was an inevitable sprinkling of home favourites turning out on their own turf (seven Marlins made up the Rays squad of 23). But what made things even more interesting was the return to the Village Green of two members of the opposition. Back in 2013, Jordy Reid and Pat Leafa were ploughing their trade in Manly colours – Reid the local young gun about to get his break in the big time and the Auckland born Leafa, who had plied his trade in the Canberra club comp before getting his own Super Rugby call up for the Rebels. So with the NRC hitting the road around some of the smaller, traditional club stomping grounds in 2015, the former Marlins were in a great position to impart some ‘local knowledge’ to
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