Little could separate cross town rivals Merewether and Wanderers in Round 13 of Newcastle and Hunter Rugby.
The Two Blues returned to their home ground of Number Two Sportsground for the first time in almost two months, though it didn’t take long for the home side to prove just why their serious contenders come September.
A late fightback from the Greens wasn’t enough, as Wanderers secured the win with a try in injury time.
In the weekend’s other games, Lake Macquarie recorded a narrow win over Southern Beaches and Maitland edged out Nelson Bay.
Hamilton were a class above as they went on to beat Singleton.