Albion Park-Oak Flats stage comeback win over Kiama

Veterans Derek and Dean Gray proved they aren't a spent force, spearheading Albion Park-Oak Flats's 32-28 comeback victory over Kiama on Sunday at Centenary Field.

Hooker Dean scored a crucial try to keep his side close in the first half, stealing the ball in a one-on-one tackle and racing 20 metres to the line.

Powerhouse prop Derek didn't let his sibling have all the fun, barging over in crunch time to give the Eagles a 10-point lead.

Kiama's Aaron Grigg scored with two minutes to play to set up a tense climax, but the Knights couldn't avoid crashing to a fourth straight loss.

"[Co-coaches] Adam Bezzina and Shane Sainsbury have done a lot of work with these young kids and we're starting to reap the rewards," Dean Gray said.

"The last two weeks we've beaten Warilla and Kiama, two top-five sides. We're starting to win the ruck and the boys have got a bit of belief at the moment.

"Mathematically, we're a chance to make the semis, so all we can do is take it week by week and just nudge away, try and knock a couple of these top-five sides out."

Kiama started strongly against the Eagles, scooting to an early 4-0 lead.

The home side forged ahead with a converted try, only to allow the Knights to cross for two converted tries.

Albion Park hit back with a pair of unconverted tries to trail 16-14 at half-time.

The score didn't change until prop Matt Gladman converted Jacob Morrison's try for an eight-point lead with 22 minutes remaining.

But the Park responded with tries to Kyle Zimmerman, Sean Jenkins and Derek Gray and did just enough to secure their fourth win of the season in an error-filled contest.

"Our goal-line defence has improved out of sight, whereas in the past, we were leaking 50 points a game," Dean Gray said.

"They had a lot of ball and a lot of good field position, but the boys dug in deep and our defence stood up."

Dean, 35, has won eight premierships with the Eagles, while the younger Derek boasts five. Both may play on next year.

''I'm 50-50 at this stage,'' Dean said.

''I don't enjoy the training but I definitely still enjoy playing.''

Nowra-Bomaderry tightened their grip on a top-three spot with a 34-32 home win over Shellharbour, while Berry-Shoalhaven Heads extended their win streak to six games with a 32-0 shutout of Milton-Ulladulla at Berry Showground.


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