The Blacks held out a spirited Camden outfit in a low-scoring affair to consolidate third place on the ladder.
Bowral took a 15-6 victory over Camden in round 15 at Camden Rugby Ground.
Blacks head coach Gene Fairbanks said the match was a good test for the Blacks.
“It was a big event for them down at Camden and they turned up and played really well, so for us to get the win was really good,” he said.
At half time the Blacks led 3-7.
Fairbanks said the Blacks’ ‘”intensity” was a catalyst for their victory.
“Both teams defended really well and played with really high intensity and it was good for us moving forward to have a hit out like that,” he said.
Our front-rowers were exceptional, our scrum was unbelievable and the boys really worked for each other, which was very pleasing.Blacks head coach Gene Fairbanks
The Blacks’ defence was a key competent of the match, something the team have been working consistently on improving this season.
“We worked really hard on our defence last week and that really showed,” Fairbanks said.
“Our front-rowers were exceptional, our scrum was unbelievable and the boys really worked for each other, which was very pleasing.”
Fairbanks said Sage Feterika and Justin Madden were standouts for the Blacks this week.
“[Feterika] scored a good try and carried the football really well and Justin Madden was also fantastic,” he said. The Blacks will play a deferred match against Shoalhaven at Eridge Park on Tuesday night.
“It will be a good test for us because their won’t be much of a turn around,” Fairbanks said.
“We will be able to build a lot of toughness and resilience before finals roll in.”
The Blacks will be a hungry for a win in front of their home crowd.
Second grade will be the curtain raiser at 6.15pm, followed by the first grade match at 8pm.
Fairbanks said he hoped to see a good crowd of Blacks supporters.
“We hope to see a lot of faces their for a few Tuesday night beers to cheer the boys on.”
Ladder: Avondale 73, # Vikings 59, # Bowral 49, # University 41, # Shamrocks 39, # # Shoalhaven 31, # Campbelltown 19, # Kiama 19, # Camden 16, # Tech 16.