Warilla Gorillas earn extra Easter treat with convincing win

WARILLA-Lake South feasted on more than just Easter eggs on Sunday, a clinical second half performance resulting in a 50-22 devouring of Albion Park-Oak Flats in their Group 7 Rugby League encounter.

The Gorillas led 18-10 at the interval at Centenary Field, the home side then being starved of possession throughout the next 40 minutes.

For the second time in as many weeks, the Park found themselves out-muscled by a larger, more aggressive forward pack.

Warilla centre Blake Colgan bagged a hat-trick during the emphatic victory against their traditional rivals.

Some sub-par goal-line defence and lack of attacking direction, largely attributable to missing halfback Matt Carroll thwarted the Eagles.

However, proceedings began promisingly for the home team when Ryan Moed’s towering, spiralling bomb bounced so nightmarishly for the opposition Freddy Krueger would have cowered in fear.

The Park’s Kyle Williams pounced for a 6-nil buffer.

Warilla’s response was swift, skipper Andrew Diomei and fellow prop Damien Paulissen both storming through flimsy defence from close range.

The Eagles punished them for a turnover from the next set, squaring the ledger after shifting the ball to the left edge and Chris Daniels shimmied and stepped his way across the stripe.

Their joy was short-lived.

Gorillas lock Aaron Henry, a constant attacking threat, got on the outside of his man and sent Tyson Brown over out wide after 27 minutes.

The Eagles paid the price for failing to find touch from a penalty kick, Colgan scoring despite the attention of four defenders.

Only some missed conversion attempts prevented the visitors taking an even greater lead into the sheds.

Warilla required less than four minutes after the resumption to extend their advantage, Paulissen barging over for a simple four-pointer.

Moed’s converted try reduced the deficit to eight points, but was a temporary halt in momentum for the visitors.

A lack of possession and warm conditions justifiably resulted in a tiring Park outfit, the Gorillas reaping the rewards via four tries within the span of ten minutes.

Craig Nolan scored in the corner, and after throwing a magnificent offload a tackle earlier to put them at the money end of the field Henry fittingly touched down.

It became a procession when Colgan crossed twice in short order.

The second occurred after a play which perhaps encapsulated the Eagles’ afternoon – the kick-off going out on the full.

Sheer pace from Nick Lazarevski found him in the clear, Brown backing up to complete the half-century rout.

Veteran front-rower Derek Gray scored a late consolation try for the Park.

Henry, Paulissen, Luke Watts and Colgan were the standouts for Warilla, while Moed, Sean Jenkins and Chris Rowles never stopped trying for the Eagles. 

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