It was far from pretty but Gundagai are back to having a positive record this season.
After a slow start, the Tigers had too much class for winless Brothers at Equex Centre on Sunday.
The 28-12 victory leaves them in fourth, two points and significant percentage behind Young, but now four points clear of Kangaroos and Temora.
George Collins-Kelleher gave the Wagga side an early lead before the Tigers wrestled back control.
Gundagai were quick to respond as tries Josh Smith and Vaughn Scott put them in front.
From there they were never headed.
Coming into half-time, veteran centre Damian Willis really made his mark on the contest.
Willis wound back the clock, scoring the next three tries of the clash to ensure there would be no fightback from Brothers.
Co-coach Jarrod Crane was impressed with his efforts however it was far from the most convincing display from the premiers.
"Willy went good and was really good for us," Crane said.
"We just found ourselves behind after not wanting to do the tough stuff first.
"We found out Brothers were there to play so we had to make sure that we were getting the little things right first before trying to throw the ball around a little bit.
"We sorted that out in the first half."
Gundagai were well off the pace set by Tumut last week, with the Blues dominating to score a 28-4 victory.
However there were signs of improvement.
"It was scrappy and there are still areas that we've been looking at that we're just not quite there yet," Crane said.
"We're working towards it and we're confident we will get there."
One negative was an ankle injury Tyron Gorman sustained early in the clash.
Gundagai took no precautions with the centre after a horror run with injury so far this season.
Another positive was the impact Jack Lloyd made off the bench in his first grade debut.
The win leaves the Tigers with six wins and five losses so far this season.
Crane hopes they can keep building with a clash against Albury to come.
The Thunder surprised the premiers when the two teams met earlier this season.
"We haven't forgotten that Albury were too good for us that day so we have to turn up as we know they will," Crane said.