DESPITE the fact that it was only a trial, Warilla-Lake South Gorillas showed they are again going to be one of the teams to beat when the South Coast Group 7 rugby league competition kicks off in three weeks.
In Sunday's Jarrod Morgan Shield match at Ron Costello Oval, they thumped the returning Shellharbour City Sharks 29-10.
The Sharks were unable to match the enthusiasm of the Gorillas, who out-muscled their opponents up-front and outpaced them out wide.
Gorillas hooker Beau Sewell burrowed his way over early for the first points from dummy-half before Cameron Docker scored out wide for the Sharks.Bronx Goodwin's conversion gave them a 6-4 lead.
However, the Gorillas hit the lead again when fullback Craig Nolan bulldozed his way over out wide and Nick Lazarevski landed a great conversion to give the visitors a 10-6 half-time buffer.
It was expected the Sharks would come out firing after the break, but instead it was the Gorillas who looked more menacing and Aaron Henry, Damien Paulissen and Luke Watts all added converted tries.
After an earlier miss, Lazarevski landed the conversions and a field-goal to rub salt into the Sharks' wounds.
The Sharks scored a late consolation try, but were clearly below their best on the day.