Moss Vale and Narellan recorded their first wins of the season in round three of the 2019 premiership.
The Dragons were far too strong for Oakdale, winning 58-10, while the Jets accounted for the Magpies, winning 32-26 at Victoria Park, Picton.
Mittagong claimed the Corkery-Andrews Cup after a 40-10 win over Campbelltown City Kangaroos, who are still without a win.
And then there was the thriller at Harvey Shephard Field, reports MIKE SHEAN, where in front of a bumper crowd the Camden Rams escaped with a come from behind 24-22 win over The Oaks Tigers.
Tigers’ captain coach Mitchell Brasington was among the best for the visitors, as he scored two first half tries to help set up a 12-point halftime lead.
It appeared Brasington was leading his side to a comfortable win over the home side, but when Joel Horne scored a try it meant the Rams could go to the break 18-6 behind and confident they were still in the game.
Chris Browne opened the scoring shortly after play resumed, reducing the deficit to 18-12.
Zac Byles, the Tigers’ winger who has been impressive this season, scored a try to extend the visitors’ lead to 22-12 lead.
However, the Rams had other plans, with Ben Powers, the Rams’ lock, scoring minutes later, reducing the deficit to just 4 points, with 20 minutes remaining.
Will Kerr, the young five eighth for the home side, stepped up with 9 minutes remaining with a brilliant solo effort.
Kerr stepped through the defensive line, before kicking ahead, managing to kick the ball into the goal padding, regathering amongst a group of players, and forcing the ball to score a try and level the scores at 22-22.
Chris Browne, who steered the team around well from fullback, kicked his fourth conversion of the day, giving the Rams a 24-22 lead.
Kerr and halfback Andrew McGuiggan stood out for the Rams, while the forwards, led by Ben Weir, laid a solid platform for the halves.
Mitchell Brasington was among the best for the Tigers, while Josh Van Der Meulen worked hard in the backrow.
RESULTS ROUND 3 – FIRST GRADE
Moss Vale Dragons 58 Oakdale Workers 10;
Camden Rams 24 The Oaks Tigers 22;
Mittagong Lions 40 Campbelltown City 10;
Picton Magpies 26 Narellan Jets 32.
Moss Vale 50 Oakdale 18;
Camden 20 The Oaks 0;
Mittagong 24 Campbelltown City 28;
Picton 26 Narellan 14.
Camden 36 Mt Annan Oakdale Knights 6;
Picton 8 Narellan 40.
Camden 52 Picton 1;
Moss Vale 0 Thirlmere 4.
Camden 30 The Oaks 0;
Picton 0 Narellan Blue 40;
City Gold 0 Oakdale 46;
Mittagong 6 City Blue 46.
Bowral Blues 10 Campbelltown City 24;
Warragamba Wombats 30 Thirlmere 24;
Picton 24 Narellan 32;
Bargo Bunnies 12 Mt Annan Knights 20.
NEXT WEEK – ROUND 4, SUNDAY 2.30PM
The Oaks v Thirlmere
Campbelltown City v Moss Vale
Camden v Mittagong
Oakdale v Picton