It took 75 minutes to subdue the CSU challenge before Wallerawang Warriors finally asserted their superiority in the third-round New Era Midwest Cup top-of-the-table match.
Bragging rights for benchmark status could easily have been shared between the two sides but CSU with their loss and now in third spot on the ladder, will have to wait their opportunity to advance their position.
The clash between two of the top three teams at Wallerawang Sportsground was intriguing and, down on numbers, CSU showed with their spirited performance that, despite their loss, they will be a force in this year’s premiership.
Not a stylish performance by either side, there was good attack and stern defence by both teams that kept interest high, as was expected in a game of this stature.
Warriors fullback Nathan Redding scored three times but importantly, his points were scored in the final minute of each half, and at crucial times – his try in the 79th minute consolidating the win for his side.
Five minutes from the end the Warriors’ Dave Howard bulldozed across to give his side a four-point lead before Redding’s third gave Wallerawang their 8-point win in the final minute of the game.
Wallerawang enjoyed a great day of results as they also won the league tag clash against CSU Yellow 12-4.