The West Belconnen Warriors claimed the bragging rights in a nail-biting Belconnen derby on Saturday afternoon.
The Sharks, who haven’t claimed a First Grade win in over a year, dominated the early exchanges as their sizeable forward park made inroads.
However, the third placed West Belconnen Warriors were the first to score when hooker Joe Roberts crossed the line for an early try.
The Sharks weren’t disheartened and levelled the scores in the 33rd minute when Sonny Tupuola barged over the line.
The Warriors went into the break the happier of the two sides as Ryley Thomas finished off an excellent 90 meter team try in the dying moments of the half.
New Belconnen Sharks halfback Toby Westcott set up James Butz for a try under the posts with a perfectly placed chip over the Warriors defence, before a Jordan Mecham-Crane try out side gave the Sharks a four point lead in the 60th minute.
Their lead lasted under two minutes as Harry Whatman scored under the posts before Matthew Campbell kicked the conversion.
The West Belconnen Warriors defence held on to their lead, as the side managed to successfully bounce back from their Round 7 defeat a fortnight ago.
The Tuggeranong Bushrangers have maintained their place at the top of the ladder with a 46-22 win over the Queanbeyan Kangaroos.
Despite the final margin, the game was in the balance for 65 minutes as both sides traded blows.
However, quick tries to Francis Toetu and Michael Brophy gave the Bushrangers the lead before Queanbeyan halfback Derek Hay was sent to the bin for a professional foul.
The Bushrangers made their numerical advantage count as they scored a further three tries in the last 10 minutes, with Jamal Nchouki scoring twice to seal his hattrick.
The Bushrangers remain at the top of the ladder while the Kangaroos remain in fourth and are ahead of fifth placed Yass Magpies on for and against.
The Woden Valley Rams have claimed a comprehensive win over the Goulburn Workers Bulldogs to move within two points of the top four.
The Rams blew the Bulldogs away in the first half as they scored five tries with Michael Gilmour scoring a double.
The Bulldogs clawed one back on the stroke of halftime as the evergreen Michael Dodson barged his way over.
Gilmour secured his hattrick early in the second half as he caught a Nick Cornish chip before Lincoln Withers scored in his first match back from injury.
Goulburn scored three tries in the second half to bring respectability to the scoreboard but it wasn’t enough to stop Woden running out as comfortable winners.
The Yass Magpies have moved level with the fourth placed Queanbeyan Kangaroos after they defeated the Gungahlin Bulls on Sunday afternoon.
The Bulls started the brighter of the two sides and raced to an 8-0 lead courtesy of tries to Ngarima Low and Blake Hill.
However, the game took a turn when Sheen Lomax was sent to the bin for dissent and Steve Naughton scored for the Magpies.
The teams went into the sheds at halftime with the scores locked at 8-8 after Shaun Davis successfully kicked a penalty late in the half.
Yass lifted in the second half and scored 22 points in the first 20 minutes to put the result beyond Gungahlin’s reach.
Michael Sollis and Brad Wood scored two late tries for the Bulls but it wasn’t enough as Yass ran out comfortable winners.