Colgan scores hat-trick in strong Gorillas finish

RUGBY LEAGUE

Warilla centre Blake Colgan scored three tries as Warilla-Lake South piled on the points in a dominant second half, thrashing Albion Park-Oak Flats on Sunday.

The Gorillas cruised to a 50-22 win, after holding an 18-10 lead at the interval at Centenary Field, as the Eagles were being starved of possession throughout the next 40 minutes.

For the second time in as many weeks, the Park found themselves out-muscled by a larger, more aggressive forward pack.

Some sub-par goal line defence and lack of attacking direction, largely attributable to missing halfback Matt Carroll, thwarted the Eagles.

However, proceedings began promisingly for the home team when Ryan Moed's towering, spiralling bomb bounced so nightmarishly for the opposition Freddy Krueger would have cowered in fear.

The Park's Kyle Williams pounced for a 6-0 buffer.

Warilla's response was swift, skipper Andrew Diomei and fellow prop Damien Paulissen both storming through flimsy defence from close range.

The Eagles punished them for a turnover from the next set, squaring the ledger after shifting the ball to the left edge and Chris Daniels shimmied and stepped his way across the stripe.

Their joy was short-lived.

Gorillas lock Aaron Henry, a constant attacking threat, got on the outside of his man and sent Tyson Brown over out wide after 27 minutes.

The Eagles paid the price for failing to find touch from a penalty kick, Colgan scoring despite the attention of four defenders.

Only some missed conversion attempts prevented the visitors taking an even greater lead into the sheds.

Warilla required less than four minutes after the resumption to extend their advantage, Paulissen barging over for a simple four-pointer.

Moed's converted try reduced the deficit to eight points, but was a temporary halt in momentum for the visitors.

A lack of possession and warm conditions justifiably resulted in a tiring Park outfit, the Gorillas reaping the rewards via four tries within the span of 10 minutes.

In the other Group 7 clashes, Kiama beat Berry 28-14 and Jamberoo prevailed 38-32 against Milton-Ulladulla.

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