BATHURST Bulldogs skipper Melissa Waterford and the NSW Country Union Corellas went to Narabeen hopeful of taking the fight to their two city rivals in the Chikarovski Cup.
The Corellas might have come home with a mixed bag of results, with a win and a loss, but that one victory means a lot to a country team who didn't have extensive training opportunities together.
Waterford co-captained the Corellas outfit in their bid to emulate their win over the city women from last year.
They'd have two opportunities to do so against the Sydney Blue and Gold squads.
Country fought hard in their opener against Sydney Blue, a team featuring Waterford's Bulldogs teammate Jakiya Whitfeld, but the Corellas went down 20-12.
Corellas took a look at where they could improve and applied it in their game against Gold the following day.
Country kept in touch with Gold to be down just 17-12 at half-time, then picked up the tempo to edge home 27-24 winners thanks to a late Britney Duff penalty.
Waterford said the Corellas did very little wrong in their defeat on the opening day, and simply came out more determined when the next chance presented itself.
"The girls came together really well and it was probably a lot closer than we thought it was going to be. We had a game plan we wanted to go in with and we executed it well on the first day, then on the second day everything seemed to come together," she said.
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"It was a short campaign and the girls didn't have a lot of time to prepare so I think they all did really well under those circumstances."
The tension was mounting in the run towards full-time against Sydney Gold.
Duff converted her own try to level the scores and the Corellas continued to chip away territory inside the Gold half before they got the breakthrough.
"It was really exciting towards the end. It was locked at 24-all and we were just hoping to get close enough for a three-point kick and once we got there we took it," Waterford said.
"It's just so exciting to have beaten Sydney twice now. We were pretty unlucky on the first day. There were just a couple of opportunities that we didn't capitalise on."