PORT City Breakers had a big win over an understrength and hapless Wingham Tigers outfit at Regional Stadium on Saturday.
The Breakers won 54-12 in what coach Ben Sprague described as their best 80 minutes of footy in the Group 3 competition all season.
They put the foot down in the first half, leading 28-4 at the break. Sprague's side conceded just the one try in the second half while still scoring points at the other end.
Connor Cheeseman scored a hat-trick for the Breakers.
Richie Roberts and Ricky Arnell scored twice each and Luke Sinclair, Trae Clark and Daniel Dumas crossed the stripe once each.
Cheeseman's third was the highlight of the afternoon. He took the ball from a Wingham kick off and ran the length of the field to score.
"He went straight through them," Sprague said.
Sprague reeled off the usual list of names as highlights from his team: Mitch Fowler, Cheeseman, captain Adrian Daley, Dylan Hemsley and Clark.
He said the Tigers missed a couple of players for the match, making things worse, but Sprague was still pleased with his team's victory.
"I'm very happy with it," he said.
After a solid first half, he told them to just "keep going" in the second as the Breakers hadn't strung together a great 80 minutes all season.
"We've been playing in good patches all year," Sprague said.
Sprague won't get too far ahead of himself before next weekend's match against Wauchope Blues at the Breakers' home ground.
"That will be very tough," Sprague said.
A sideline altercation marred a good win for the Breakers in reserve grade on Saturday.
The Breakers came back from 20-0 down to beat the Tigers 42-30. Meanwhile, Port Sharks went down the road and plundered the Old Bar Beach Pirates 48-10.
A good second half performance was the key to the win. The Sharks improved their completion rate and were too strong.
Matt Shipway picked up two Sharks tries.
The Sharks will play Taree at home next weekend.