WARILLA-Lake South Gorillas have returned to something like their best form and the Berry Magpies' six-match winning run came to a sudden end in round 16 of the VB South Coast Rugby League competition at Cec Glenholmes Oval with the home team winning 52-4.
Berry were unable to handle Warilla captain and lock forward Aaron Henry, who had a field day.
He scored two tries, played a part in several others and his strong running continually left the defence in tatters. He received great support from his teammates and Warilla again appear the team to beat for the premiership, and for the first time in several games their goal-kicker was on target.
Good Berry defence featured in the opening stages, but lost possession did not help their attack and Warilla hooker Dane Corran appeared to score, but his team was given a penalty and in the ninth minute Luke Roberts scored for Nolan Gray to convert and the Gorillas led 6-0.
Jesse Dee short-kicked for centre Blake Colgan to score and Warilla led 10-0.
With Warilla dominating possession, Henry made his presence felt, sending Corran over before scoring himself just before half-time. When Nolan goaled it was 22-0 at the interval.
On resumption, Berry again lost possession and Henry sent Jarryd Pepper over in the corner and Nolan converted with a great kick: 28-0.
Dee was again prominent and sent Henry crashing over for his second try, which Nolan converted and another Henry pass sent Keiran Rankmore in. At 38-0 in the 56th minute a big score looked on the cards before Berry at last showed something in attack and winger James Knight crossed for their only points after a great passing movement.
Again it was all Warilla with Blake Colgan sending winger Chad Lisch over and then Henry was again to the fore, sending Mark Walsh over. The half century was posted when Lisch scored his second and the final score was 52-4. The match flowed well with referee Craig Jones only awarding seven penalties for the entire game.
Henry was outstanding among many good Gorilla players including Walsh, Joel Skeates, Dee and Corran, while halves Josh Ingold and Joe Rogers, Knight and Nick Schilko tried hard in a beaten Magpies team.
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, Gerringong Lions ended Nowra-Bomaderry Jets' five-game winning run 54-18 at home and Milton outclassed Albion Park-Oak Flats 40-22 at Mollymook.