Leading Lions maul Sharks

LAST SEASON: Gerringong’s Pat Cronin passes the ball while playing in the 2015 Group 7 grand final against Shellharbour. Picture: TIM KEEBLEAlready the competition’s title favourites, Gerringong raised the benchmark for their Group 7 rivals even higher following a 42-12 drubbing of second-placed Shellharbour on Sunday.
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The ladder-leaders, who had already wrapped up the minor premiership, blew the Sharks off the park at Ron Costello Oval.

Leading 28-4 at the break, the Lions never took their foot of the pedal in a dominant display.

Rixon Russell bagged a hat-trick while Corey Mulhall scored a double.

The result sends out an ominous warning to the rest of the competition heading into next weekend’s opening round of the finals where the Lions get the week off.

The defeat also saw the Sharks slid down to third on the ladder, meaning they’ll now have to travel to Jamberoo for next weekend’s qualifying final.

Jamberoo come into the finals on a winning note after thrashing Albion Park-Oak Flats Eagles 60-0.The elimination semi-final will feature Warilla Lake South Gorillasand Kiama Knights.

Both take winning form into the match following big wins over the weekend.

The Gorillas ensured Milton-Ulladulla finished the season without a win to their name by handing the Bulldogs a 72-14 battering.

Kiama were similarly impressive against Nowra-Bomaderry Jets who they beat 44-14.In the final rounds other game, Berry Shoalhaven Heads smashed Port Kembla Blacks 46-14.

TABLE: Gerringong 31, Jamberoo 27, Shellharbour 26, Warilla 26, Kiama 22, Port 15, APOF,12, Jets 11, Berry 8, Milton 0.

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