Another tough afternoon for Southern Beaches in Newcastle and Hunter Rugby, defeated by University.
Nelson Bay couldn’t hold out Wanderers and in the match of the round, Hamilton had a scare against the Greens at Passmore Oval.
It took Hamilton half an hour to break a first half arm wrestle.
Trailing 14-nil, two early second half tries locked the scores up at 14 all before the Hawks clawed back on top – 31-14 winners.
NHRU Round 14 Scores
Hamilton 31 v Merewether Carlton 14
Southern Beaches 18 v University 32
Nelson Bay 17 v Wanderers 34
Maitland 48 v Singleton 0