Confident Superoos ready for crunch Group Seven clash

Jamberoo captain-coach Matt Coelho.
Jamberoo captain-coach Matt Coelho.


Jamberoo captain-coach Matt Coelho isn't kidding when he says the Superoos are treating Saturday's road duel with Warilla like a grand final.

The Roos have won their past two games and are in a two-horse race with Kiama for fifth spot.

"This is a massive game. It's pretty much our grand final," Coelho said. "Everyone's ready to go. We've had a good week and the boys are feeling confident."

The Gorillas kept hold of top spot with last week's 16-16 draw with Gerringong, while Jamberoo comfortably brushed aside Berry-Shoalhaven Heads.

Warilla beat the Roos 44-28 when they met in round nine at Jamberoo.

"The last time we gave them a 26-point head start, so we have to get off to a really good start," Coelho said.

"We've really changed our game plan the last three weeks and it's working. Our starts have been great and hopefully we can do the same thing on Saturday."

The Superoos will struggle if they don't handle Warilla's aggressive forwards.

"They've got a really good forward pack and our forward pack is going to have to lift and muscle up.

"We've had two really good wins in a row now and we just have to keep building on that momentum."

The Gorillas will be without five-eighth Jesse Dee (shoulder injury) and forward Joel Skeates (knee). Also missing are Beau Sewell and Nick Lazerevski.

"We've got a couple of weeks to get everything right before the semis and that's what we're concentrating on," Warilla coach Peter Hooper said.

"Discipline was an issue last week, so we'll look to work on that on Saturday."

Group Seven historian John O'Dwyer reckons Nowra-Bowmaderry's Brandon brothers have set a record in their debut season with the Jets.

The former Shoalhaven rugby union standouts have scored a combined 49 tries for the Jets in 2014.

Winger Mark Brandon (26) is the competition's leading try-scorer, five-eighth Steve (18) is second, while winger Keiran (five) has added to the siblings' overall tally.

"Three brothers scoring 49 tries in first grade in their first season would surely be a record for Group Seven and possibly for any competition in country rugby league," O'Dwyer said.

"The exciting thing is that they still have two more weeks to add to their tally."

The Jets meet slumping Berry-Shoalhaven Heads at home on Saturday night.

Shellharbour host Milton-Ulladulla on Sunday, Kiama meet Port Kembla at Kiama Showground, while Albion Park-Oak Flats are at home against Gerringong.


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