MOMENTUM: Maitland’s Hughes de Rocquigny carries the ball forward for the Blacks. The Maitland Blacks scored a hard fought 27-21 win over Lake Macquarie at Marcellin Park on Saturday, completing a Black-out across the five grades.

The win was a welcome return to form after the Blacks went down 45-14 to Hamilton last time out, with all five grades posting victories.

Lakes had led 5-0 early on and extended their lead to 13-5 at halftime with veteran Blacks forward Adam Perkins sin-binned just before the break.

However, a resurgent Maitland came out quickly in the second half, leading 20-16 before going on and sealing the six-point triumph.

Maitland coach Geoff Golledge was delighted with his team’s effort, particularly defensively just before half-time.

“Probably the 10 minutes before half-time, they hammered our line and we held them out, that sort of gave us the impetus because we started like a house on fire in the second half, got ourselves a bit of possession and went from there,” Golledge said.

“We had a man in the bin for that period as well so we had to dig deep.”

Golledge said many aspects of his team’s performance contributed to the result, all of which were an improvement from the previous week.

“Last week we were a bit unfortunate in our preparation but we had a good week at training this week, we sorted a few things out and it showed out on the field,” Golledge said.

“Our enthusiasm and commitment were back against a tough opposition, we stuck to our guns and gutsed it out pretty well.”

Golledge was glowing in his praise of the entire team though left special mention for halfback Jono O’Toole and forward Dan Runchell.

The Blacks have a clean bill of health and will head into another hard game away at Wanderers next weekend looking for back to back wins.

“It will be another hard one, but hopefully that result gives us a bit of momentum and we can go again next week,” Golledge said.

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