KIAMA Rugby Club first grade stamped themselves as legitimate title contenders after defeating reigning premiers Camden for the second consecutive time this season with a 22-19 victory over the weekend.
The victory saw Kiama secure third spot on the premiership table with five games remaining in the season.
Getting out of the blocks early, Kiama dominated possession and territory for the opening 20 minutes, but it was the Camden No.13 who scored first after racing more than 60 metres to score untouched after a delightful set-piece move.
Unperturbed by the try against the run of play, Kiama hit back almost straight away when five-eighth Ben King Gee put Aden Wade through a hole before he linked with his brother, Ben, who scored a well-constructed try.
With third spot on the line, both teams were throwing everything at each other in defence with Clint Paget, Mick Kauter and Steve Emmett leading the way for the black and whites.
After a series of excellent linking runs and short pop balls from the forwards, Kiama scored again shortly before half-time when Kauter crashed over next to the posts.
Going into the break with a handy lead, Kiama again dominated possession after the break and it wasn't long before Jacob Riwai-Crouch showed his incredible nous and timing when darting from the back of the ruck to score untouched.
Camden again hit back, leaving Kiama holding a slender lead before Emmett, Sam Davison and Andrew Saulter each combined with a series of searching runs, which culminated in Kauter crashing over next to the posts.
Up by eight with about 10 minutes to go, Kiama defended gamely for the most part, allowing the home team limited attacking opportunities. The wall finally broke with one minute to play, Camden scoring out wide to cut the lead to three.