SINCE the Eden Tigers moved to the George Brown Memorial Oval in the 1980s the Moruya Sharks first grade side has been unsuccessful.
The Sharks broke their losing streak, in torrid conditions, defeating the Tigers 28-18 on Sunday.
The away side played into a howling gale, and driving rain, in the first half but stood tall in the conditions as they controlled possession and field position.
The Sharks went in to the half-time break leading 14-nil but coach Neil Williams was more impressed with his side’s stout try line defence on the few occasions Eden applied pressure.
“The defensive line was the best I’d seen from any team this year,” Williams said.
The Sharks came out of the break with vigour and captain Tim Weyman crashed over three minutes into the second half.
His try was converted and the Sharks had a 20-nil lead.
Momentum swung the Tigers’ way when Moruya’s Kane Leggett was sin binned, and Dillon Johnson went off with a head knock.
The Sharks’ defence buckled under a weight of numbers and Eden ran in three quick tries to trail by two points.
Upon Leggett’s return to the field, Weyman had two strong hit-ups that set up Moruya’s attack.
Caine Brierley then crashed over and his converted try gave the Sharks a 10-point buffer with 10 minutes remaining.
Moruya’s defence stifled the Tigers’ attack late in the second half as they pressed for quick points.
A late Dennis Green penalty goal sealed the victory.
“It was one of the sweetest wins in years and excited many Sharks supporters,” club spokesman Ian Traynor said.
“Weyman was best on ground leading his chargers to a great team effort and win.”
Moruya 28 (Joel Pietch, Aaron Brierley, Kane Leggett, Tim Weyman, Caine Brierley tries, and Joel Pietch 3 and Dennis Green goals) defeated Eden 18.