Shellharbour Sharks, Gerringong Lions punish Group 7 rivals

Over: Jayme McElhone scored four tries in Saturday's victory over the Stingrays. Picture: Greg Rigby Images
Over: Jayme McElhone scored four tries in Saturday's victory over the Stingrays. Picture: Greg Rigby Images

Powerhouse Gerringong have made an emphatic early-season statement by thumping Kiama on Sunday. 

The Lions warmed up with a 54-0 win in their season opener against Berry-Shoalhaven Heads, but declared their intentions of being a title contender with a stunning 36-10 win over an under-manned Knights at Kiama Showground. 

They move to the top of the Group Seven ladder with Shellharbour, who continued their South Coast derby domination with a 50-nil thrashing of Stingrays at Fielders Field on Saturday night.  Jayme McElhone scored four tries in the demolition, while Donte Efaraimo crossed over, who was a member of the Illawarra-South Coast under 23 Country Championship winning team. 

Jamberoo are the only other unbeaten team in the competition after two rounds, a 20-nil victory over Albion Park-Oak Flats coming after a thrilling 11-all draw against Kiama.

Meanwhile, Milton-Ulladulla overcame a scare from Berry-Shoalhaven Heads before powering to a 52-26 win on Sunday. The Bulldogs struck early but found themselves 18-14 down, before three tries in seven minutes in the second half set the platform to runaway with victory late. 

"It was aprobably a bit of a negative thing, two early tries and  we put the cue in the rack and  thought it was all going to be easy," Milton-Ulladulla coach Brendan Fernley said. 

"But full credit to Berry they hung in and made us work for the result."

Elsewhere, Warilla beat Nowra-Bomaderry 16-14 in a thriller. 

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