Macquarie Scorpions, Concord-Burwood-Glebe Wolves, Wests Illawarra Devils and Macquarie Scorpions are alive in the inaugural NSW Challenge Cup, with the Grand Final to be played as the curtain-raiser to the last Country-City match in Mudgee on 7 May.
Four 20-minute quarters, unlimited interchanges and mid-week fixtures are part of the rejuvenated Rugby League knockout tournament similar to the Amco Cup of the 1970s and 80s.
Nominated teams from CRL's strongest divisions in Illawarra and Newcastle and NSWRL's Ron Massey Cup and Sydney Shield competitions will feature in the eight-team tournament, bringing clubs from NSW country and city regions closer together.
The winning team will receive $15,000 in prize money, while the runner-up will take home $7,000, with every team receiving prize money.
NSW Challenge Cup Results
Macquarie Scorpions 20 def Blacktown Workers Sea Eagles 10
Concord-Burwood-Glebe Wolves proceed to next round (South Newcastle have withdrawn)
Wests Illawarra Devils 34 def Auburn Warriors 6
Macquarie Scorpions 40 def Helensburgh Tigers 12
Concord-Burwood-Glebe Wolves 24 def Wests Illawarra Devils 14
Macquarie Scorpions v Concord-Burwood-Glebe Wolves
Glen Willow Sports Complex, Sunday 7 May