THE Warilla-Lake South Gorillas continued their march towards a top three spot on Sunday, when they annihilated the Stingrays of Shellharbour 84-12 at Cec Glenholmes Oval.
The hosts opened the scoring in the third minute when a Blair Grant bomb was let to bounce by the Rays – with Aaron Henry grabbing the loose ball and handing it off to Grant, who stepped his way to the line.
Five-eighth Grant converted his own try for 6-nil.
Grant was again involved in the Gorillas second, which happened in the seventh minute.
The number six put his fullback Jordan Harty into space, who then helped Ian Catania get outside his man to score.
Grant failed to convert from the left sideline, leaving it at 10-nil.
Home fans had to wait more than 10 minutes to celebrate another try, this time Chad Lisch crossed after solid play by Emanuel Sultana and Tyson Brown.
Grant missed the conversion, as it remained 14-nil.
Minutes later, the Gorillas other winger Kye Deane crossed, following a cut-out pass by Grant and in and out play by Catania.
Grant missed his third kick in a row, as the lead remained at 18.
The young five-eighth seemed to be involved in everything for the hosts, as he put forward Kyle Stone over in the 32nd minute.
Grant found his kicking boots and landed the conversions for 24-nil.
Catania and Stone returned the favour in the 36th minute, helping Grant score his second try of the day – with him converting his own try for 30-nil.
In the shadows of half-time, Gorillas’ Nick King and Stingrays’ Nikita Drew were both sent-off for an onfield scuffle.
When play resumed, with both teams playing with 12, it was the hosts who scored first, when Lisch recorded his second four-pointer for the afternoon.
Grant converted to extend the lead to 36 points.
Minutes later, the Gorillas continued the onslaught – Sultana threw a cut-putt ball to Brown, who offloaded to Sam Hooper before the winger cut back inside to his half Sultana to score.
Grant converted from right in front for 42-nil.
In the 52nd minute, Hooper had a try of his own – catching a bomb on his own line and running the length of the field to score.
Granted again made no mistake with the boot for 48-nil.
The Stingrays finally got o the board with back-to-back tries from Guy Rosewarn and Ravu Seavula – both which were converted by Aaron Merrick, making it 48-12.
But that was as close as the Stingrays got, as the Gorillas hit back with tries to Grant, Deane, Lisch, Stone and again Deane, before Catania scored the match’s final try – as it finished 84-12.
In the big win, Grant was a standout, finishing with three tries and 12 goals, for a personal tally of 32 points.