The Thirlmere Roosters have maintained their position atop the Group 6 Rugby League ladder after a hard-fought victory over the Narellan Jets on Sunday.
The Roosters worked hard for their 28-18 win, facing stiff competition from the home side in difficult conditions.
Scoring was at a premium in the first half, with the first try coming to young Thirlmere forward Bryce Ritcher-Manns after 19 minutes, followed by five-eighth Dayne Craig minutes later.
The visitors led 12-0, however, the Jets weren’t about to lay down.
Replacement back Stuart Mason kicked off the fightback, before veteran centre Sou Kamuta scored the second Narellan try in four minutes.
Narellan closed the gap to 12-8 at the halftime siren.
Thirlmere came charging out of the blocks in the second half. Replacement forward Mitch Fitzgerald scored three minutes after the resumption of play and extended the lead to an impressive 16-8.
Sa Patiole scored soon after, and the scoreline pushed out to 22-8.
Narellan weren’t prepared to roll over though and winger Jarrod Forrest scored in the corner to close the margin by four points.
The tide turned again when Roosters winger Allan Shipley added his name to the scoresheet.
It looked as though Thirlmere was all set for a decisive 28-12 win when Jets winger Hayden Cini scored out wide in the final minute of play.
The Roosters will try and extend their reign on top of the ladder next round when they face off against Moss Vale in two weeks.
The Jets will attempt to improve on the weekend’s losing effort when they play the Mittagong Lions in round nine.
Other round eight results saw Camden defeat Oakdale (who managed to take the field despite a forfeit defeat the week previous) 28-6 at Sid Sharpe Oval on Sunday, Campbelltown defeat Moss Vale 28-22 in a come-from-behind victory (their first of the season) at Community Oval, and Picton defeat The Oaks 20-18 in a Dudley Chesham Oval thriller.