2018 NSW Country Championships: Wrap Up

By Matt Findlay Illawarra completed its NSW Country Caldwell Cup redemption bid at Warren on Sunday afternoon, taking advantage of a plethora of Central West errors in the final to claim NSW Country’s top tier championship and atone for the previous year’s grand final hammering at the hands of Newcastle-Hunter. While the Pauli Tuala-led Illawarriors were clinical and ruthless in the final Central West was equally as sloppy, the Blue Bulls’ stunning upset of Newcastle-Hunter the night before clearly taking its toll physically and mentally. Every time Central West made a mistake Illawarra swooped and either added points or created a scoring opportunity, four of the side’s six tries in the 37-15 win came directly following an error, rubbing salt into the Blue Bulls’ wounds. “This is just... I don’t really know what to say,” Tuala said in his post-game speech. “We set the goal to come together as a group and win this back and we didn’t really gel un
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