The Eden Tigers hit a proverbial wall when they came up against an in-form Cooma Stallions outfit over the weekend.
The Cooma Stallions are shaping as one of the early season favourites and almost shut Eden out of the scoring to win 44-6.
However, the women's roster secured a hard-fought result, securing a second straight win 18-12 over their rivals.
There were few positives to pull away from the clash for the first grade side apart from a Joel Grewar try opening the scoring.
The conversion was sealed with a neat kick from Harrison Baker, but that's where the fun ended for the visiting club as the Stallions took charge of play to cross the chalk nine times over the 80 minutes.
Cooma half Astin Nunan put on a blinder directing play to pick up two tries for himself, while winger Keegan Caldwell also posted a double.
Right centre James Cahill was also heavily involved in the scoring as the Stallions let loose a dangerous right-edge attacking flank.
The Tigers will have a chance to recover before their next encounter as Group 16 competition heads to a general bye this weekend for Anzac Day.
Meanwhile, the Tigers women's outfit kept up their winning form from the opening round and are now among the select few to post back-to-back wins.
The Tigers got the jump on the Cooma club on their home turf with early tries to Emma Flanigan and Tamyka Laws setting up a 10-0 lead early in the piece.
The Stallions fired back with a neat try to half Ruby Barnes
When Kayla Fleming scored after the break, the Stallions were back into the contest, levelling the odds at 10-10.
With 17 minutes left in play, Eden forward Krystal Cruse set the visitors back on top.
The Tigers battled out a tense 15 minute period where the Stallions could have fought back into contention, but the Tigers put the result away when Laws crossed the chalk for her second and sealing an 18-10 lead.
In other matches, the Merimbula-Pambula Bulldogs cleaned up a second win in the first grade competition.
In the opening minute of play Tom Grant in the number 14 jumper found the line for the Bulldogs and that set the scene for regular scoring on the way to a 44-14 win.
About 15 minutes in Jye Pentecost found the line and the Dogs jumped to a 10-0 lead. Then just eight minutes later it was Jack McGuire across the chalk and with the conversion successful the advantage stretched to 16-0.
A Billy Doneman try had the Dogs out by 20 before the Bears finally got on the board through a Matt Caldwell try on the left edge - the first of a hat-trick for the zippy winger.
However, in the second half, the Bulldogs would find a series of tries with the Bears claiming just two.