Publication date: Wednesday, 22 June 2016
On the evening of Wednesday, 15 June, at Western Weekender Stadium in St Marys in Sydney's west, a team of Corrective Services NSW men ran out in the inaugural CSNSW versus Fire & Rescue NSW rugby league match.
Despite taking the field as underdogs - the side had not played together before - Corrective Services rushed to a 12-0 lead and managed to keep their fellow Justice Cluster opponents scoreless until just before half time; it was 12-4 at the break.
Brutal defence by CSNSW saw Fire & Rescue turning over plenty of possession to the fledgling blue-and-whites. By mid-way through the second half, hard running and attack and a series of tries in quick succession had taken CSNSW to a commanding lead of 26-4.
Fire & Rescue scored a well-executed try late in the game to reach double figures at 26-10 but a final attack from CSNSW paid dividends with a try in the corner and a conversion for the winning score line of 32-10.
Corrective Services NSW's win was an outstanding effort over a well drilled Fire & Rescue NSW team, especially considering this was the first time the Corrective Services team had formed up.
Fittingly, the Man of the Match was awarded to Brad Hopkins from CSNSW. Brad scored two tries and worked the field brilliantly in attack and defence.
Corrective Services NSW extends its thanks to sponsors Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs, G & C Mutual Bank and Victor Sports.