PORT City did it the hard way before eventually overcoming a plucky Forster-Tuncurry 26-22 in Port Macquarie on Sunday.
In a match that saw Breakers centre Clint Walker cross for a hat-trick and nine tries scored in total, Breakers coach Dan Kemp summed it up in two simple words.
"Two points," he said.
As was the case last week, the Breakers were their own worst enemies with errors at the wrong end of the field, but their defence held firm.
"Our line defence was a positive; we have given up so much ball coming out of our own end two weeks in a row, but we defended like we cared," Kemp said.
"The push from the inside was excellent; they were shutting gates and we got on top in the second half of the first half and made some money.
"Then we came out in the second half and lost ruck after ruck.
"We shouldn't put ourselves under that much pressure. For the most part it was poor, but we'll take the two points."
It was a case of deja vu for the Breakers on the injury front when fullback Trae Clarke hobbled off with a foot injury midway through the first half and didn't return.
The hosts jumped out to a 16-6 lead at the break built largely on the back of a strong defensive effort on their own goal-line.
They then didn't touch the ball for the first 11 minutes of the second half and in that time, saw a 10-point lead turn into a two-point deficit.
"The disparity between our good and our bad is massive and the bad is outweighing the good, but our good was a pretty decent level of footy," Kemp said.
"We just couldn't sustain it for long enough and then we put in one good set and then turned it around by doing another two sets of rubbish.
"That difference between our good stuff and our bad stuff is massive at the moment and we need to bridge that gap and sustain our good stuff for a hell of a lot longer.
"We couldn't have gone zero and two because that would have been pretty poor before Easter so we're just happy we got the two points.
"It was nothing special."
Hawks coach Phil Adamson couldn't fault the effort of his side.
Ultimately it was their inability to convert field position into points when they were camped on the Port City tryline in the first half that proved their downfall.
"The effort was sensational," he said.
"We're a new side (so) it's going to take us a while to jell, but last week was an indication against Wingham where the boys hung in and hung in and they did the same today.
"We were down by 10 points at halftime, came back to being in front and then probably ran out of interchanges and that probably cost us in the end."
Fullback Aaron Hill crossed for a double, while hooker Riley Glover and five-eighth Keda Moylan were also impressive.
Glover limped off with about 12 minutes remaining.
"Riley was good again, Keda stepped up to the plate and ran the ball when we needed him to run the ball so those two players were key for us," Anderson said.
"Hilly was good; he's come out of the 18s and has taken a big step up into first grade but he's handled it well."
Reserve grade: Forster-Tuncurry defeated Port City 12-10
Under-18s: Port City defeated Forster-Tuncurry 24-0
Ladies league tag: Port City defeated Forster-Tuncurry 4-0
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