Robb College have furthered their lead on the New England Rugby Union first grade ladder with a win over second-placed Tamworth on Saturday.
The students travelled to Tamworth and posted the first points to lead 19-15 at half-time.
The hosts "came out firing" after half-time and Robb co-coach Sam Ditchfield said "our blokes were caught off guard a little bit" and slipped off the pace.
"We were probably our own worst enemies where we had the opportunities to take the shot at goal, we didn't, kicked it into touch, lost the line out," he said.
"We lost three line outs in a row which is unusual."
They regained their composure quickly and Ditchfield said they dominated field position before edging back in front late in the game and sealed the 34-30 win with a penalty goal.
"I was pleased with how we played, we probably tried too hard in places," he said.
"Good to get a win in Tamworth and we had to work very hard for the win.
"It wasn't an easy game that is for sure."
In a blow for Robb, goal-kicking winger Drew Walsh faces an extended time on the sidelines after going down before half-time with a broken leg.
At Alcatraz, the Barbarians recorded their first win for the season over Armidale Blues.
The Baa Baas were victorious 31-17 and coach Greg Wynn said it was nice to have the monkey of their backs.
"We have obviously been waiting for it to happen for a while," he said.
"A bit later in the season than we would have liked.
"It got to a point where losing can become a habit so it was nice to turn that around."
Edward Pitt returned to the Baa Baas after a stint at Southern Districts in Sydney.
Pitt was a big contributor for the match with four penalty goals, two conversions and a try.
"His goal-kicking allowed us to build some scoreboard pressure which is the first time we have been able to do that this year," Wynn said.
"If there was a penalty anywhere within our half he was a chance of taking the three points.
"That probably makes sides play a little bit differently.
"Every time he touched the ball in attack he looked dangerous.
"He keeps the defence honest, we are certainly pleased to have him back."