There were plenty of cheers for the Eden Tigers reserve grade side that caused an upset, accounting for Charlie Nye’s Moruya Sharks 32-14.
The Tigers pivot Tyrone Thomas and his namesake in the back row were the spearhead of the Tigers victory, along with Dylan Fletcher who had a great game in the number seven jumper.
It was Thomas who opened the scoring after the Tigers forward pack led up by Corey Stewart, Robert Geraghty and hooker Andrew Evelyn followed-up on some charging runs.
Geraghty was prominent soon after when he crossed and the Sharks were in disarray as the Tigers led 8-0.
The Sharks flanker Chad Williams had a try disallowed soon after, as the Tigers appeared to go off the boil.
Charlie Nye then grabbed the game, laying on a great ball to centre Jay Cooper to score, then soon after it was Troy Potts who crossed to put the Sharks in front 10-8.
Nye was coming into his own and a well-placed chip and chase trademark of the Sharks’ skipper saw him link with Mick Potts who slammed the ball over the line and put the Sharks up 14-8 at the break.
The Tigers welcomed the break to consolidate their efforts.
Dylan Fletcher picked up Andrew Evelyn to score wide out 14-12.
The tigers were keen to go on with the contest and when Elvis Tui stepped past two defenders to score, the Tigers had regained the lead 18-14 with a sideline conversion by Fletcher.
The Tigers’ pivot was everywhere and he put the Sharks to the sword with a great ball to Nick Smith to score out wide.
And with veteran Graham White injecting himself into the match with a faultless display, the Tigers had jumped out to a 24-14 lead.
The Sharks were not coming to grips with the robust running of the Eden side and were falling off tackles.
Fletcher stretched the tigers out to 26-14 with a penalty goal and with the wind in their sails Thomas capped a man of the match effort with a great try, converted by Fletcher 32-14.
It was a disappointing finish for the Moruya side that left the field.
However the contrast was the jubilation in the Eden side who threw off their underdog status to record a morale boosting win.