Gorillas aim to conquer Kiama defence


Warilla coach Peter Hooper is confident the Gorillas won't underestimate Kiama on Friday night at Kiama Showground.

The Knights started their season strongly with last week's away win over Jamberoo, while the Gorillas were also impressive in their home victory over Shellharbour.

"It was a fair hit-out for us. It was a high standard game for the first game of the year," Hooper said.

"Our conditioning was good because we did a lot of tackling in the second half.

"Our discipline was good and I was really impressed with our blokes and the way they committed to the cause."

The Gorillas endured a long off-season after losing last year's thrilling grand final to Gerringong in heartbreaking circumstances.

Hooper said the Knights have been somewhat of a bogey side for Warilla in recent years.

"Kiama have had great defensive structure for a few years, so we have to try and find some trick plays to isolate defenders.

"They got us last year. We've had trouble with them over the years, just because of their defensive structure.

"They're a young side coming good. They're getting more and more experienced and they've still got some very smart and tough senior players.

"We have to consolidate this week. It's a long season, but if you drop early games, you struggle to get them back."


Round two, Friday

KIAMA v WARILLA-LAKE SOUTH (8pm), Kiama Showground


NOWRA-BOMADERRY v JAMBEROO (6pm), Nowra Showground


PORT KEMBLA v MILTON-ULLADULLA (2.45pm), Noel Mulligan Oval

SHELLHARBOUR CITY v GERRINGONG (2.45pm), Ron Costello Oval

Byes: Berry, Albion Park-Oak Flats

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