THE Kiama Knights have responded from their flat display against the Nowra-Bomaderry Jets last round, by thumping the Berry-Shoalhaven Heads Magpies 56-12 at the Kiama Showground on Saturday.
Despite the one-sided scoreline, it was in fact the Magpies who the scoring in the third minute, after Blake Dryden gathered a loose ball that had been kicked through by himself and Blygh Herron, to score.
Josh Ingold added the extras for 6-nil.
But the Knights would respond when a sweeping play to the left by Cam Vazzoler and Tom Atkins, ended in the hands of Callan Thistlethwaite.
Vazzoler converted for 6-all after 15 minutes.
Seven minutes later, the hosts had their first lead of the match when a deft left-footed kick by skipper Kieran Poole ended in the hands of Matt Morris, who scored in his first match back from injury.
Vazzoler again added the extras and it was 12-6.
The black and reds definitely had their backs up now, as Tom Angel stepped past two would be defenders and bounced off another, before putting winger Cody Wheatley over to score in the left corner.
Vazzoler missed his first conversion of the afternoon and the lead remained at 10.
In the 30th minute, Morris brothers Dylan and Matt combined as the latter crossed for his second four-pointer of the afternoon.
Vazzoler's conversions made it 22-6, which is how it remained until the break.
The Knights onslaught continued after the break, with Matt Morris scooting down the eastern touchline before offloading to Jay Delaney to score.
Vazzoler's failed conversion attempt left it at 26-6 after 56 minutes.
Two minutes later, following a powerful run by Angel, Alex Boles attacked the shortside out of dummy-half to send halfback Vazzoler over untouched.
The reigning Cronin Medal winner converted his own try and the lead stretched to 26 points.
Vazzoler made it two tries in five minutes, when he backed up on the outside of Angel, who again broke through the defensive line - with the half converting his own try.
Fullback Atkins then scored two tries in four minutes, the first following up a Toby Nobes break before the custodian pounced on a Vazzoler cross-field kick for his second.
Vazzoler converted both tries to make it 50-6.
In the final eight minutes Joe Rogers scored Berry's second before Atkins completed his hat-trick in the final play of the game, after he won the footrace to a Vazzoler grubber.
Both tries were converted, which saw the match end 56-12 to Kiama.