Lions slay Jets 54-18

Rookie Kiama Knights first grade halfback Daniel Martin keeps the ball moving during his side's clash with Shellharbour Sharks. Picture: DAVID HALL

Rookie Kiama Knights first grade halfback Daniel Martin keeps the ball moving during his side's clash with Shellharbour Sharks. Picture: DAVID HALL

GERRINGONG has bounced back into the Group 7 winner's circle with a comprehensive 54-18 win over Nowra-Bomaderry at Michael Cronin Oval on Sunday.

Smarting after their loss to Jamberoo in the previous round, the Lions turned their form around to produce some stretches of quality to football to ground the Jets who have been one of the form sides in recent weeks.

From the opening stages it looked like it would be Gerringong's day, the Lions out to a 10-0 lead inside the first five minutes after tries to Peter Cronin and Nathan Ford, the second converted by Joel Roberts.

It was soon 14-0, Ford doing what he did only minutes before when he crashed over from dummy-half to grab an early double.

The visitors made the most of an opportunity and spread the ball to the right where Ben Wellington found some space to cross, Mark Brandon converted for 14-6.

Not wanting to let their early lead count for nothing, Gerringong soon made it a 14-point buffer once again.

A run of penalties helped their cause and Patrick Cronin pirouetted close to the line and reached out to score under the posts, Roberts' conversion made it 20-6.

Conversely, the Jets didn't want the lead to blow out too far and a penalty in their favour, followed by a nice string of second-phase play sent Keiran Brandon sprinting to score in the corner, his brother Mark slotting the conversion for 20-12.

The tit-for-tat stretch of the game continued, Gerringong soon replying when Patrick Cronin burst through. The play-maker found Brad Davidson in support. He then linked up with Rixon Russell, whose foot-work had the cover defenders on their heels and the half-back crossed out wide for 24-12.

The Lions took the 12-point lead into half-time, but didn't take long to extend the lead when play resumed, Corey Mulhall crossing in the second minute of the half for 28-12.

Gerringong then blew the game wide open, running in another three straight tries, aided by the Jets' Mick Blattner being sin-binned.

Simon Hoare's bust sent Ford in for his third, converted by Roberts, before Joel Doosey and Mulhall went back-to-back to make it 42-12.

The Jets managed to put some respectability into the scoreline, Nathan Deaves jinked across field and sent Zac Kershaw crashing over, then Mark Brandon's conversion made it 42-18.

The Lions weren't finished yet though, replacement Reed Heagney danced his way over for a try and Doosey grabbed his second just before full-time, Roberts converting both to round out the score at 54-18.

For Gerringong Ford, Patrick Cronin and Roberts had fine games, while Wellington, Geoff Johnson and Deaves did all they could for the Jets.

In other weekend games, Shellharbour City Sharks proved too strong for Kiama Knights with a 32-18 win at Kiama, Port Kembla caused a boilover to upset Jamberoo 30-18 at Noel Mulligan Oval, Warilla-Lake South Gorillas totally outplayed Berry Magpies 52-4 at Warilla and Milton outclassed Albion Park-Oak Flats 40-22 at Mollymook.

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