THE Gerringong Lions have continued their strong start to the 2021 Group Seven season with a comprehensive 54-nil win over the Nowra-Bomaderry Jets at Michael Cronin Oval on Saturday.
The stop-start nature of the Lions' season showed little impact on the reigning premiers, as they ran in 10 tries on their way to victory.
The Jets tried hard throughout, but with coach Ben Wellington blooding some early season rookies, they couldn't match the intensity of the Lions.
The Lions wasted little time opening the scoring when back-rower Kal Collins stormed into a gap on the right edge.
Jake Taylor added the first of his seven goals for the day and the home side led 6-nil in the first five minutes.
That lead was out to double figures soon later when centre Jordan Chandler crashed over in the left-hand corner for 10-nil.
The Jets managed to stem the tide for a period after Chandler's try, but they couldn't hold on forever and with 20 minutes gone the Russell brothers combined for Gerringong and halfback Rixon crossed under the posts.
Taylor added another conversion for 16-nil.
The Lions soon made it back-to-back tries again when a shift to the left caught the Lions out and the returning Kayne Brennan crossed in the corner.
Taylor knocked over the conversion from out wide for a 22-nil lead that would stand until half-time.
The start of the second half was similar to the first as the Lions wasted little time in extending their lead.
Skipper Nathan Ford found space through the middle and sent Isaac Russell racing away for the line.
The Lions then ran in another as Taylor cut through on the left edge and linked up with full-back Denver Ford for 30-nil.
It was then three tries in 15 minutes as Rixon Russell went through the line and sent Isaac over for his second.
Taylor added another conversion for 36-nil.
Winger Ben Grant was the next to get in on the action, diving over on the end of a long ball from Denver Ford.
Taylor's conversion pushed it out to 42-nil with just under 20 to play.
Barnstorming centre Hamish Holland powered his way over in the 68th minute, before veteran prop Lloyd Bowen strolled over untouched inside the final five minutes.
Two conversions from Taylor rounded out the score at 54-nil.
The win sets up an early-season blockbuster for Gerringong next week against the also undefeated Jamberoo, while Nowra-Bomaderry will look to bounce back against Albion-Park Oak Flats.
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