At half-time in horrible conditions at Gumly on Saturday, East Wagga-Kooringal and Coleambally had had five scoring shots each.
But the tale of the day and the story of their seasons was told after the main break as the Hawks kicked away to a 7.9 (51) to 0.8 (8) victory - their seventh win on the trot setting up a big game against Marrar next weekend.
"We made life hard for ourselves early but I was happy with our effort after half-time," EWK coach Matt Hard said.
"To hold someone goalless for the day is a good effort and defensively we worked pretty well I thought. That was a real positive for us."
In constant rain, Hard was pleased with his players attitude in not losing focus.
The Hawks kicked three goals in the third term, while holding Coleambally to just a point, to put the game away and then finished on top in the last.
"I was really happy with the attitude. It's something we've focussed on and the attitude was really good over four quarters so that was a big step in the right direction," Hard said.
"On days like today, you get the four points, you take the win, no injuries and move on."
Ruck Kyle North-Flanagan and Alex Rogers were key figures in the win while returning forward Ben Cadzow kicked three goals.
The Hawks avoided new injuries ahead of next week's top of the table encounter with Marrar. They expect to have twin towers Jarrad Boumann (ill) and Nick Hull back for the Bombers.
On a tough day for the Blues, the experienced Jade Hodge and teenager James Buchanan led the efforts.
EWK 2.2, 2.3, 5.5, 7.9 (51)
Coleambally 0.2, 0.5, 0.6, 0.8 (8)
Goals: (EWK) Benjamin Cadzow 3, Alexander Rogers 2, Brocke Argus 1, Kade Rowbotham.
Best: (EWK) Kyle North-Flanagan, Alexander Rogers, Nathan Scott, Hayden Nelson, Harry Fitzsimmons, Ryan Bourne; (Coleambally) Jade Hodge, James Buchanan, Daniel Peruzzi, Luke Hillier, Curtis Steele, Todd Clark.
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