Playing the curtain-raiser to the last City-Country Origin, Macquarie Scorpions collected some silverware for the trophy cabinet at Toronto after defeating the Concord-Glebe-Burwood Wolves 30-18 in the state knockout decider.
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In the NSW Rugby League showdown the Scorpions trailed 12-0 early but Andy Sumner, Adam Swadling and Royce Geoffrey scored consecutive tries to take a six-point lead into the break.
Macquarie then extended their advantage to 18 with Randall Briggs and Matt Hay both crossing the line before the Wolves nabbed a late consolation try.
Chris Hyde was successful with all five conversions.
“I was super proud of our performance, especially digging our heels in,” Scorpions coach Adam Bettridge said.
“What a result for Country Rugby League and Newcastle Rugby League. It’s simply outstanding.”
“I’m not even sure if there is a trophy cabinet at Toronto, but we’ve got something for it now and there’s a few boys that a very happy.”
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