Warilla Gorillas’ rumbling pack humbles Group Seven rivals Kiama

Try time: Warilla winger Kye Deane crosses in the corner against Kiama on Sunday. Picture: Courtney Ward
Try time: Warilla winger Kye Deane crosses in the corner against Kiama on Sunday. Picture: Courtney Ward

Warilla’s big forward pack rumbled through Kiama, as the Gorillas showed they will be a force to be reckoned with this year. 

Kiama has beaten their grand final conquerors Jamberoo last weekend, but had few answers to Warilla’s dominance through the middle at Cec Glenholmes Oval on Sunday. 

It set the platform a 32-4 victory, to follow the 26-12 win over Shellharbour to start the season. 

“It’s been a big two weeks, we trained really hard in the off-season, knowing we were going to have a big start to the year,” prop and coach Aaron Henry said. 

“And it’s pleasing to see the boys putting in and getting the win.

“We tried to start with a lot of enthusiasm, being at home, a big side, we tried to roll through the middle and get on top of them early and I thought we did that.”

Kiama had several sets on Warilla’s line, but struggle to penetrate and would need to regroup.

“Very disappointing,” coach Matt Clarke said. 

“To put in a performance like that on the back of last week’s good win.

“They didn’t seem to be there today, but we’ll turn it around next week. 

“We got a bit lost in our attack, but full credit to Warilla, they defended well and were up there on our danger guys.”

Winger Kye Deane scored three tries for the Gorillas, while Emanuel Sultana was on target with the boot, kicking eight goals in the win. 

It came as Jamberoo kick-started their premiership defence after holding out a vastly-improved Albion Park-Oak Flats Eagles on Sunday.

In a hard-fought clash at Centenary Field, the Superoos scored two tries in the final 11 minutes to grab an important 26-18 win.

Corey Grigg, Kent, Watling, Matt Webster, Jake Clarke and Luke Asquith were among Jamberoo’s best while Skaretts, Simon Harris, Chris Rowles and Butterfield stood out for Albion Park.

Meanwhile, Gerringong remarkably had nine separate try-scorers in a 46-6 win over Nowra-Bomaderry. Shellharbour overpowered Berry-Shoalhaven Heads 34-20, while the Stingrays struggled against Milton-Ulladulla, going down 66-12.