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Newcastle Herald
Newcastle Herald
Josh Callinan

Newcastle RL: In-form Central strike season-best streak

CENTRAL are on the verge of extending a season-best streak to double figures when they host The Entrance at St John Oval on Friday night.

The in-form Butcher Boys are unbeaten in their last nine Newcastle Rugby League outings, featuring eight straight wins following a 22-0 result over third-placed Cessnock on the weekend.

The second-placed side have defeated Wyong, Souths, Wests, Macquarie, Lakes, Cessnock and Kurri twice since they split the competition points with leaders Maitland after a 20-all draw in round 10.

Central last dropped a game on May 28 and it's the only one from their most recent 15 appearances, having opened 2022 with back-to-back losses.

Maitland kicked off the campaign with eight wins on the trot.

FIXTURES: Central v Entrance (Friday, 7:30pm); Cessnock v Maitland, Lakes v Macquarie, Kurri v Souths, Wyong v Wests (Saturday, 3pm).

* SOUTHS' injury toll for 2022 continues to mount with two more added to the casualty ward before Sunday's pressure-relieving win.

Jack Welsh (ankle) hurt his ankle at training on Thursday night while Scott Matthews (knee) withdrew on game eve because of an ACL tear.

The Lions snapped a four-game losing streak, accounting for Wests 34-16 at Harker Oval, and now travel to Kurri on Saturday.

Another victory could see them finish sharing third spot on the ladder, however, with for-and-against records taken into account they will likely end up ranked fifth.

* MITCH Williams has agreed to coach Wyong again next season and will likely lace up the boots again.

"Really excited to be building with this squad. I know we're capable of more than we've shown this year," the Roos hooker said.

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