Sunbury United Tigers went back to basics as they accounted for Altona Roosters in the NRL Vic First Grade competition.
With wind and rain playing havoc on Saturday, the Tigers focused on doing the small things right and it paid off.
They led by two tries at half-time, before continuing the scoring in the second half to seal the 34-16 win.
Tigers’ coach Terry Constantinou said he was happy to come away with the win.
“The conditions weren’t favourable for either side,” he said.
“We tried to play an expansive game, but had to reel back in. We started to play a more simple game, as we didn’t want them getting back into it.
“We were probably about on par at half-time … in the second half the rain was coming down more than the first.”
The win is the Tigers second as the side starts to gel together.
Constantinou said with a number of new players in the team he expected it would take some time for them to gel.
He said getting wins on the board was rewarding for the playing group.
“The team is stacked with talent, it’s about putting it all together,” he said.
“We’re got a few marquee players and on paper we have a great side.
“At times we’re our own worst enemy. We’d rather get it right here before finals.
“For us, it’s about building for finals. We’ve got a lot of experience and it doesn’t matter if we finish fourth or first, for us it’s about making finals.”
After five rounds, the Tigers are sitting fourth on the ladder.