North Sydney Bears have broken a two-match losing streak with a much-needed 20-10 win over Mounties, with hooker/halfback Penioni Tagituimua becoming the first player from the Kaiviti Silktails to play in The Knock-On Effect NSW Cup.
The Bears scored first before Mounties locked things up at 6-all but the home team never looked back from that point on after scoring three unanswered tries to take a 20-6 lead. Mounties scored just before full-time to put some respectability back in the scoreline.
Tagituimua entered the match in the 55th minute and was given a rousing celebration by his Silktails team-mates after the match who had come to North Sydney Oval to watch him play. The win sees the Bears in fifth position on the ladder and facing Canberra Raiders on Sunday.
BEARS 20 (Brad Abbey, Moala Graham-Taufa, Jesse Marschke, Sione Hopoate tries: Ronald Volkman 2 goals)
MOUNTIES 10 (Watson Heleta, Jackson Topine tries: Kamren Cryer goal)