THE Jamberoo Superoos will move into a tough four rounds of the competition with a three point advantage at the top of the competition table, after they completed the first round of the competition unbeaten, following a 50-8 win over Stingrays of Shellharbour at Kevin Walsh Oval on Saturday.
The Superoos face Kiama Knights at home, Warilla-Lake South Gorillas and Gerringong Lions away and Shellharbour Sharks at home in the next four weeks, and had the ideal preparation when, despite missing five regular first graders, they cruised to a nine-tries-to-two win over the plucky Stingrays.
The home side took little time to click into gear when fullback Dean Watling, who finished with a 22-point haul from two tries and seven goals, backed up some good lead-up work to score under the posts in just the fifth minute.
Lock Luke Asquith then scored arguably the easiest try of his career when the Stingrays dropped the ball from a scrum win inside their own quarter and he simply scooped up the ball and cantered over.
Watling converted both tries for a 12-nil lead.
It got even worse for the visitors when Jono Dallas sent Corey Grigg over out wide, but for the next 20 minutes the Stingrays had plenty of chances on the back of a string of penalties but were unable to breach the defence.
Grigg grabbed his second as half-time approached, before Stingrays speedster Jayden Sargeant showed plenty of evasive skills to dart over just minutes before half-time, however his side still trailed 22-4 at the break.
Unfortunately for the Stingrays things didn't get any better after the break when Kyle Stone charged over just five minutes after the resumption for his 10th try of the season and added an 11th in the 67th minute, while Jake Clarke grabbed a double and Dean Watling his second off a delicate Dallas grubber as the Superoos reached their half century.
Stingrays second-rower Anthony Nabbe rounded off the scoring in the 73rd minute, but it proved to be too little, too late for the visitors.
In a good all-round performance, Jono Dallas, Dean Watling, Jake Clarke, Brendan Smith and James Asquith led the way for the Superoos, while captain Will Homer, Jayden Sargeant and Liam Quinn were best for the battling Stingrays.