PREMIERS Gerringong Lions have sounded an ominous warning to all opposition following a stunning 70-10 thumping of Jamberoo Superoos in their match at Nowra Showground on Saturday.
The match was transferred from Michael Cronin Oval to Nowra after the Lions home ground was ruled out for an extended period after damage caused by the wet round two clash against the Bulldogs, with the Lions loving the wide, open spaces of the Showground to run in an amazing 13 tries.
The Superoos effort was a shattering blow to their season, and was their heaviest loss since returning to first grade five seasons to go and they will need a massive lift dramatically to get their title hopes back on track.
The Jamberoo side never got into the game, losing the ball in the first set of six tackles and gifting the Lions an early opportunity with hooker Nathan Ford making them pay with a second minute try.
It became worse minutes later when Ford spotted a narrow gap down the blindside and after running 30 metres found winger Joel Doosey backing up to race over under the posts.
If there was any indication that it wasn’t Jamberoo’s day it came with the third try when Doosey was given space down the left wing and his centre-kick bounced over Jamberoo fullback Tim Small’s head into the hands of Lions skipper Brad Davidson who scored under the posts.
With centre Joel Roberts landing goals from all over the place, the game was as good as over after just 15 minutes.
The Superoos defence was anything but super, with Pat Cronin and Ford looking like they had spiders on them as Jamberoo looked incapable of stopping them as the Lions roared to a 34-0 lead before Mark Asquith gave Superoos supporters something to cheer about, but an intercept try to Roberts right on half-time was the exclaimation mark as the Lions went to half-time with a 38-6 lead.
A try to replacement Jamberoo fullback Jarrod Schodde after the resumption closed the gap slightly, but from there on the Lions clicked back into gear, with a combination of inept Superoo defence and stunning Lions backing up, summing up the game as the winners added a further six tries.
In a classy display, Pat Cronin, Nathan Ford, Kal Collins, Brad Davidson and Joel Doosey were among the Lions best, while Gavin Jarrett, Robbie Noble and Jono Dalls tried hard for Jamberoo.