The Mudgee Dragons became the first team to win a Group 10 premier league title from fifth in almost two decades after downing Orange CYMS 14-10 at Wade Park on Sunday, thanks to a last-gasp try from centre Rota Setu.
With 22 seconds left on the clock and the scores locked at 10-10, Mudgee halfback Tim Condon chipped cross-field from about the halfway mark and found winger Nathan Orr, who drew CYMS winger Semisi Katoa before dishing off to Setu about 35 out from the line.
The 2016 Dragons became the first side since the 2000 Mudgee group – both coached by Tony Pascoe – to win the Western Challenge Cup from fifth.
“It doesn’t really get any sweeter than that,” Mudgee skipper Jared Robinson said.
“I think it was our attitude that got us over the line. We got a bit of luck when it really mattered, but that kind of try is the stuff dreams are made of, it was incredible stuff.”