Superoos grab vital victory

Gerringong Lions' rampaging utility player Lloyd Bowen tries to break through the Jamberoo defence on Saturday. Picture: DAVID HALL

Gerringong Lions' rampaging utility player Lloyd Bowen tries to break through the Jamberoo defence on Saturday. Picture: DAVID HALL

JAMBEROO Superoos have kept their Group 7 Rugby League semi-final hopes alive via a hard-fought 30-22 win over Gerringong at Kevin Walsh Oval on Saturday.

The Superoos were more enthusiastic and after leading 12-6 at half-time increased the buffer to 30-10, before a late Gerringong fightback.

It didn't take long for Jamberoo to open the scoring.

Pressing the Gerringong line, Matt Coehlo put in a grubber which bounced off a defender and back into his arms, allowing the captain to score.

Jarrod Schodde's conversion made it 6-0.

Jamberoo then showed urgency at the other end of the field, only some desperate defence stopping Peter Cronin from crashing over out wide.

The visitors then dug deep in defence, after a bust up-field by Josh Saunders put Jamberoo in prime attacking position.

However, Gerringong held firm.

Jamberoo made the most of their next opportunity though, Coehlo's boot again undoing Gerringong. This time his grubber popped up into the hands of Robbie Noble, and the back- rower strolled over. Schodde's second conversion made it 12-0.

Just as it looked like the Superoos were taking control, Brad Davidson and Patrick Cronin combined to send Joel Roberts in under the posts.

Roberts converted his own try for 12-6 at the break.

Gerringong made it back-to-back tries when an early penalty in the second half put them in great attacking position.

Patrick Cronin and Roberts combined to put Chris Mann over, reducing the deficit to 12-10.

With the game in the balance, it was Jamberoo who grabbed control, Coehlo and Saunders crossing for converted tries in quick succession, before Mark Asquith did the same. Schodde also kept his kicking record intact.

Gerringong hit back through Pat Cronin and Kal Collins but it was too little, too late.

At Centenary Field, Albion Park-Oak Flats made it back-to-back upsets, knocking off Kiama 32-28.

Leading 16-6 at the break, it looked like Kiama would snap their mid-season slump, but a blistering second half stint from the Eagles, in which they ran in three unanswered tries, set the home side up for their second win on the trot.

At Noel Mulligan Oval, Warilla narrowly avoided consecutive losses, overcoming Port Kembla 16-12.

Berry continued their strong mid-season surge, downing Milton 32-0, while Nowra-Bomaderry upset Shellharbour 34-32 to consolidate third spot.

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