JAMBEROO moved one step closer to securing their spot in the finals with a 44-20 win over the Berry Magpies at Berry Showground on Saturday.
With their season on the line it was a must-win clash for the Magpies, but even from the early stages it never looked like it was going to be their day.
A handling error from the Magpies saw the visitors open the scoring inside the first five minutes when fullback Jarrod Schodde went in for their first try. Schodde then converted his own try to give the Superoos a 6-nil lead.
The Magpies did their best to muscle up in defence, but they could only hold out for so long, with lock Mark Asquith scoring the Superoos second try in the 17th minute.
It looked like it might be a long day for the home side when Schodde crossed for his second in the corner on the half hour mark. He then nailed the conversion from the sideline to put the Roos in front 18-nil.
Things went from bad to worse for the Magpies when their kick restart went out on the full and the visitors soon captialised with Ben Barnard going over for their fourth try. What looked to be a much easier conversion attempt for Schodde hit the crossbar and it remained 22-nil.
The Roos had one more in them before the break on the back of a 40/20 from halfback Jono Dallas, which saw Robbie Noble crash over, giving them a 26-nil lead at half-time.
The second half started in the worst possible way for the Magpies when they knocked on in their in-goal from the kick off.
But some luck finally went the Magpies way with the Superoos knocking on right when they were in striking distance of more points.
They finally had something to smile about in the 50th minute when Josh Coulter completed a successful one-on-one strip on a flying Ben Barnard.
Magpies captain coach Trent Burns soon crossed for their first try, with Coulter’s conversion making it 26-6.
Their happiness didn’t last long with Superoos halfback Jono Dallas crossing a few minutes later to stretch their lead to 32-6.
The Magpies sparked a miniature comeback in the middle of the second half when Josh Ingold scored their second try to bring the score to 32-10.
They made it back-to-back tries when a powering run from Buddy Braddick set up Josh Coulter, who had just enough legs to cross in the corner.
At 32-14, the Magpies seemed to be holding out a glimmer of hope for a remarkable comeback, but the Superoos soon dashed any faint hope.
Michal Maslanka made a break down the sideline and ran the better part of 80 metres before being brought down just before the line.
Although Maslanka probably deserved a four-pointer, it was Schodde who scored from the next play to complete his hat-trick.
James Gilmore added one more try for the visitors, while Blake Harris-Davis scored a consolation for the Magpies on the stroke of full-time, which saw the game end 44-20.
Mark Asquith, Schodde and Dallas all had good games for the Superoos, while Rory McCall, Josh Coulter and Trent Burns did all they could for the Magpies.