Central Coast beat Illawarra in thrilling NSW Country Championship final

Central Coast flyhalf Adam Danckert kicked two clutch penalty goals in the final minutes to help his side beat Illawarra 46-43 in a high-scoring and thrilling grand final of the NSW Country Championships to claim the Caldwell Cup.

Danckert, who played with 100th match for Terrigal Trogans late last year, showed nerves of steel to seal the victory, after his side trailed 31-12 earlier in the second half in the final match of the championships played in Tamworth.

Illawarra, captained by former Norths backrower George Miller, trailed 12-3 after 20 minutes but scored three quick tries to take a 24-12 lead to the halftime break.

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