THE Nowra-Bomaderry Jets have stormed into second place on the Group Seven ladder after thrashing the Albion Park-Oak Flats Eagles 48-28 on Sunday.
At the Bomaderry Sporting Complex, the Eagles opened the scoring in the first minute when five-eighth Jayden Harris was the recipient of sharp play down the left edge by Blake Jones and Dallas Harrison.
But the hosts hit back within a matter of minutes when a shift to the left saw winger Kuyan Wellington touch down just inside the corner post, to make it 4-all.
The visitors regained the lead in the 10th minute when halfback Sam Clune crossed and converted his own try, to make it 10-4 after 11 minutes.
Nine minutes later, the Jets again evened the ledger, this time through electric fullback Jason Gillard, on the back of sweeping pass from half Rhys Fagerlund.
Braydon Walsh landed his first kick of the afternoon and it was 10-all.
Two minutes later, the hosts had their first lead, when powerful centre Ryan James placed the ball down, despite the efforts of five Eagles defenders.
Eight minutes later, captain/coach Dylan Farrell stepped his way through for the hosts' fourth before hooker Paul Roberts crossed just before half-time.
Walsh's conversion of the second made it 24-10 at the break.
The second stanza started the same way as the first did, with the visitors scoring first - this time it was Chad Harrison who dived over.
Clune converted and it was 24-16.
Hooker Brent Wake's four-pointer, following a brilliant chip and chase by Dallas Harrison, one minute later then made it 24-20 with 33 to play.
It was 24-all when winger Zac Daniel touched down for the Eagles in the 49th minute.
But that sparked the hosts into action, as they knew how important a win was for their top-three finals chances.
Roberts grabbed his second of the afternoon in the 54th minute, after strong play by Fagerlund and Tyson Simpson.
Walsh's conversion made it 30-24.
That lead was extended minutes later when Gillard found Wellington with a perfectly weighted cut-out pass.
Walsh made no mistake from the sideline and the lead was 12.
With 10 to play, Jack Scurr was denied a try for a knock-on, which would have reduced the lead even more.
But eight points was as close as the Park got, as the Jets sealed the win with quick tries to Fagerlund and Gillard - which were both converted by Walsh for 48-28.
The Jets, which move up into the second on the ladder with a 4-2 record, next play Gerringong on Saturday, while the Park, who are 2-4, battle Kiama on Sunday.
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