A WHITE-HOT Warilla will ride a 10-game winning streak into a blockbuster grand final qualifier against minor premiers Gerringong after edging past Milton-Ulladulla at Cec Glenholmes Oval yesterday.
Having snapped Gerringong's own 11-game winning run last month, the Gorillas preserved their double chance in the Group 7 finals series after wearing down the Bulldogs 22-16 in the major semi-final.
The result was further soured for Milton-Ulladulla after talisman Gary Warburton limped from the field moments before half-time with a leg injury. He failed to take any part in the second half.
A beaming Warilla coach Peter Hooper said his side will be brimming with confidence before their trip to Michael Cronin Oval on Sunday after mastering the steamy conditions at home.
"This is probably two great clubs coming up against one another," Hooper said of the looming clash. "Confidence is a great thing and we haven't been beaten for a while.
"Our blokes have been outstanding all year and the last couple of months have been fantastic for us. We deserved what we got [yesterday].
"We're just going to worry about what we've done well this year and build wins around our defence. That's what happens this time of year and that's what we'll be looking to do."
Warilla trailed early after Bulldogs winger Blake Mackey dived over in the left corner, but once the Gorillas hit back via a barnstorming try to skipper Aaron Henry, Milton-Ulladulla would not lead again.
The Gorillas scored a contender for try of the year when Jarryd Pepper touched down in the right corner, the ball traversed from one side of the field to the other after a flurry of offloads before the winger dived over.
The sides headed to the sheds deadlocked at 10 following Adam Stone's scoot from dummy-half, but Chad Lisch's second-half double - the second of which came right on full-time - sealed Warilla's victory.
Livewire hooker Beau Sewell had a tough day with the boot, converting one of just five tries with the majority of his attempts coming from the sideline.