Premiers Jamberoo will face another searching test of their finals credentials when they take on Michael Cronin’s perennial contenders Gerringong on Saturday.
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The Superoos have adjusted to a number of off-season changes after their drought-breaking title success and are currently fifth on the Group Seven ladder, behind the Lions on for-and-against.
The Roos are boosted by a 42-10 win over bottom-placed Stingrays, while Gerringong fell short against title contenders Shellharbour. Elsewhere, Berry Shoalhaven Heads coach Luke Ryder has challenged the Magpies to match the intensity of early-season pacesetters Warilla on Saturday.
Ryder conceded Berry were “flat” in a 22-14 loss to Albion Park-Oak Flats after a near-miss against the Superoos the previous week.
“We just didn’t roll on from Jamberoo really,” Ryder said after the loss to the Eagles.
“We didn’t go backwards too far, that’s just footy I guess. Just (need to lift) intensity, get up and keep rolling, get in the grind and go to the next level.”
Milton-Ulladulla and Albion Park will be desperate to stay in touch with the top teams when they face off on Sunday, while Shellharbour travel to Nowra-Showground to take on the Jets.
The Stingrays will need to contain Kiama’s Matt Morris, who scored four tries against the Dogs, to have any chance at Flinders Field on Sunday.
Ladder: Warilla 12, Shellharbour 12, Kiama 10, Gerringong 8, Jamberoo 8, Albion Park-Oak Flats 6, Milton-Ulladulla 6, Nowra-Bomaderry 4, Berry-Shoalhaven Heads 4, Stingrays 0.
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