KURRI Kurri opened their account for 2021 by keeping previously undefeated The Entrance scoreless in the second half at Edsacc Oval on Sunday.
The visitors edged out the Tigers 16-10, having trailed by six points at the change of ends and crossing twice after the resumption of play.
Brady Hammond helped level proceedings shortly after the main break before fellow Bulldogs substitute Lewis Hughes scooted out of dummy-half to put them ahead inside the final 10 minutes.
Tigers pair Jyris Glamuzina and Kyle McCudden scored tries in quick succession before half-time.
Newcastle Rugby League newcomers The Entrance had won back-to-back matches to start this campaign while Kurri narrowly went down last start after being washed out first up.
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Elsewhere on Sunday, former NRL player Luke Walsh returned to the field having missed the opening two games with injury and helped Central overpower Souths 32-12 at Townson Oval.
Kurt Donoghoe nabbed a double for the Butcher Boys, who were in front 16-6 at half-time after racing out to a 12-0 advantage before the 10-minute mark.
Macquarie recorded four tries in a row as they got past Wests 18-10 at Harker Oval.
Scorpions winger Joe Woodbury bagged his fifth this season while fullback Kerrod Holland landed just one conversion. The Rosellas scored first and last.
In Saturday's third-round fixtures, the lead changed four times in the space of 25 minutes either side of the main break but 2020 premiers Cessnock ultimately accounted for President's Cup champions the Pickers 24-22 at Maitland.
Wyong beat Lakes 34-10 at Morry Breen Oval. Roos halfback Lachlan Hanneghan produced 14 points.
LADDER: Cessnock 6; The Entrance, Central, Macquarie, Wyong 4; Maitland, Kurri 2; Wests, Souths, Lakes 0.
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