THE Shoalhaven Rugby Club returned to the winner's circle on Saturday, with a convincing 24-15 win against Wollongong Tech Waratahs at Rugby Park.
After a last up loss to Camden, Paul Connor's side improved to 2-1 on the season, thanks to tries to Brandon brothers Steven, Kieran and Mark, with the latter landing three conversions and one penalty goal.
"While we are happy to get the four points, we know is a lot of improvement we can make, as the game was very scrappy," Shoals skipper Steven Brandon said.
"We need to be better moving forward to compete in this competition.
"In particular, our defence needs a lot of work and communication while defending needs to be stronger - I think we lost our way and there was no direction during the Camden game.
"In saying that, there are positives to take from the game, such as our solid scrum and attacking wide men - we are gradually improving each week."
In the nine-point win, captain Brandon highlighted to courageous play of forwards Dave Coventry and Aaron Loudon, who both played 80 minutes on Saturday.
Elsewhere in first grade Avondale defeated Campbelltown 58-10, Bowral edged out University 39-26, Shamrocks smashed Kiama 23-nil and Camden outlasted Vikings 26-13 to remain undefeated this season.
In the lowers grades, Shoals second grade side went down 27-14 to Tech Tahs, while Vincentia Van Goghs thumped Tech Tahs 52-nil in third grade - as Shoals had the bye in that division.