CSU has booked its place in the first division grand final following a 29-20 win over Wagga City at Conolly Rugby Complex on Saturday.
Shaking off some rust after consecutive byes, the Reddies had too much fire power for their cross city rivals.
Fresh off a Australian rules premiership for Ungarie, Sterling Ross made a big impact off the bench.
The damaging number eight crossed for two tries in the win as Reddies look to end the season on a high in the second tier.
Coach Paul Spain thought their over enthusiasm cost them early but was pleased to come away with the tight victory.
“We were too overzealous and rushing up in defence, that has been something we have been concentrating on, but it was too much and we were giving away too many penalties on the offside line,” Spain said. “It was our lack of concentration at times that let us down.”
That was evident just before the break when Reddies lost a scrum 10 metres away from the tryline and Wagga City went all the way down the field and slotted a penalty goal to reduce the score to 8-6.
CSU improved in the second half to create a comfortable lead before the Boiled Lollies scored a late try.
CSU 29 (S Ross 2, L Post, C Donoghue tries; P Hood 3 cons, pen) d WAGGA CITY 20
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