Macquarie Scorpions to contest final of NSW Challenge Cup rugby league tournament on May 7

IMPACT: Macquarie's Adam Swadling on the charge against Wests in the trial at Toronto last week. Picture: David Stewart

IMPACT: Macquarie's Adam Swadling on the charge against Wests in the trial at Toronto last week. Picture: David Stewart

The Macquarie Scorpions will contest the final of the inaugural NSW Challenge Cup in a curtain-raiser to the City-Country rugby league fixture at Mudgee on May 7.

The Scorpions progressed to the final with an emphatic 40-12 win over Helensburgh at Leichhardt Oval on Wednesday night.

Macquarie’s football secretary Stephen Woodbridge said the scores were locked at 6-all at the end of the first quarter.

“It always appeared that the Scorpions could put points on the board if they received an even share of the ball and it wasn’t long before that happened in the second quarter with the Scorpions running away with the game scoring 28 unanswered points,” Woodbridge said.

Coach Adam Bettridge was impressed.

“Everyone in the squad did their jobs and the second-quarter performance was the best I have seen from a Scorpions side since I have been involved,” Bettridge said.

The second-quarter performance was the best I have seen from a Scorpions side. - - Adam Bettridge

“Our ball handling in the wet conditions was outstanding and some of our defence was brutal.”

This Sunday, at Cahill Oval, Macquarie will start their Newcastle rugby league premiership campaign when they take on Lakes United.

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