In Newcastle Rugby League, the Pickers went down to Central by 30 points in the curtain raiser.
In today’s other game, Souths beat Cessnock.
It was a bruising encounter at a wet Townson Oval.
The home side couldn’t find a way through the Goannas’ defence early.
The Cessnock side managed to get on the board when they found space out wide.
Neither side was holding back in the slippery conditions.
Souths ended up finding another gear, running out four-point winners.
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