Gorillas hold out Superoos in see-sawing thriller
By David Hall - Kiama Independent
Warilla-Lake South Gorillas have taken a step closer to a spot in the South Coast Rugby League semi-finals after edging out a plucky Jamberoo Superoos 28-22 on a soft Kevin Walsh Oval on Sunday.
In a match important to both teams' semi-final prospects, with both locked in fifth-equal spot, the Gorillas managed to hold out the desperate Superoos.
The Gorillas were on the board in just the second minute, when a towering Josh Kent bomb bounced off the shoulder of a team-mate and straight to Nick Nikittaras who claimed the try.
The Superoos didn't take long to reply, when rampaging prop Steve Bouchard showed plenty of determination to beat two Warilla defenders to score beside the posts.
Josh Brigham converted to tie the scores at 6-all.
Play went from one end of the field to the other before the home side grabbed a surprise lead in the 20th minute when classy hooker James Asquith split the defence from dummy-half and found his twin brother Mark looming up on the inside to cross under the posts.
The lead was short-lived, however, when Gorillas skipper Aaron Henry used his size and agility to cross beside the posts and Chad Lisch tied the scores again.
Jamberoo were causing the Warilla defence plenty of problems and they were on the attack again just before half-time, when they turned the ball over and hooker Ben Cotter scooped it up and sent speedster Nathan Gallestegui on a 70-metre sprint to score in the corner. Lisch converted from the sideline to give his side an 18-12 lead at the break.
Both sides knew the importance of the final result and it was Jamberoo who struck first in the second half, when Mark Asquith broke free of two would-be defenders, crossing out wide to close the gap to two.