The Moree Boars have secured the minor premiership in the Group 19 under-18s competition following their win over the Glen Innes Magpies on Sunday.
After a stop start affair in the first half in which neither side could gain the momentum, the Boars took control in the second half and ran away with a 28-10 win.
For their first game in three weeks, coach Todd Mitchell was overall pleased with the efforts after a "scratchy first half."
"Once the second half started, we got a bit of ball, we put the foot down and played some pretty good footy in the second half," Mitchell said.
"We tired them out. We've still got a bit to work on but overall it was good to get the win."
Being down 10-6 at half time, Mitchell said the Boars didn't panic and were able to fight their way back into the contest and get the win, with some efforts of desperation in defence the particular highlights.
"There were a couple of good tackles, a couple of individual tackles which at the time, had those tries been scored, could've changed the game," he said.
"One tackle from Jacob Robinson, that really was a sort of game changer.
"He stopped a certain try and it lifted the team.
"There were some big runs. Luke McDonald scored a couple of good tries.
"Jock Brazel scored one of his trademark tries with a never give in attitude.
"Bobby (Adrian) Smith scored a runaway try. There were good things out of the team."
Mitchell said Robinson and Smith were two of the standouts, while Matt Annis-Brown also impressed.
"He's only been back a couple of games from a broken thumb. He worked really hard in defence and attack," Mitchell said.
The Boars now look ahead to a clash with the Tingha Tigers, but Mitchell knows there is still plenty of room for improvement heading into finals.
He said their defence can get a little lazy as the tackle count goes on, so he wants to see consistent efforts all game.