The Bega Roosters have cleared the Roost, downing the Moruya Sharks to establish a clear lead on the competition.
Meanwhile, the Sea Eagles fumbled in their efforts to leapfrog the Sharks when they fumbled against the Bombala Blue Heelers on Sunday to slip back to fourth place on the leaderboard.
In Bega, the Roosters took the Sharks to task in the first grade encounter with a 28-16 scoreline with the Bega club claiming results in all three grades on the day.
Fullback Jackson Whitby and hard-working forward Todd Ingram had laid the platform for the Roosters getting out to an early 8-0 lead before a follow-up try and successful conversion had the Bega squad comfortably ahead 14-4 at the break.
Moruya battled hard to contest the second half, but it was only through a double to bolter Yuin Campbell that the visitors secured a pair of tries to recover some of the gap.
However, with Bega's forwards and flankers setting a blitzing pace the home club were able to match and win the day with a further three tries of their own.
It took 15 minutes for the Roosters to break the gap in the Moruya line after the visitors showed a stronger defensive effort off the line, but Scott Galeano exploited a small gap brilliantly to find the line.
In the closing stages of the game it was Todd Ingram charging through for a second before Bayden Pilbeam crossed to seal the result with Bega up 28-12 before Yuin's final try.
Earlier, Bega had hammered the Sharks in reserve grade with a 44-6 thumping in favour of the home outfit.
Jesse Duchesnes, Dylan Londero, Lee Fuller and Bobby Taylor had established the dominance with first half tries to lead 20-0 at the break.
Centre Kayne Tyler landed a second half double to rub salt in the wounds as the Roosters piled on try-after-try to claim the big result.
In league-tag the Bega Chicks have shored up the top of the ladder with a 20-4 win over the Sharkettes with Madison Parbery carving it up for a double.
Suru Tabaiwalu and Corey Patton were the dominant force for the Blue Heelers, scoring three tries apiece on the fringes as the Sea Eagles just couldn't recover going down 46-12.
Forwards Connor Carr and Declan Bower-Scott had landed Tathra's two tries in the contest.
It was a dour finish for the Eagles who had earlier gone down in the reserve grade and league-tag contests.
A first grade win would have seen Tathra go to second place outright, but the Merimbula-Pambula Bulldogs have fired back into competition with a win over the Bay Tigers to leap both the Eagles and Moruya.