WARILLA ran all over Milton Ulladulla 70-10at Bill Andriske Oval on Sunday to consolidate their fifth position on the ladder.
The Bulldogs were scoreless until half an hour into the second half when centre Blake Mackey went in for a hard earned try.
Milton had four players on the bench who had already played games earlier in the day in Evans, Alcorn, Jackson and Bettington who actually played three on the day.
Milton's bench was totally depleted 17 minutes into the second half after captain Adam Stone had been replaced 12 minutes into the first half with a recurring knee injury.
Warilla did not have a bad player on the day and led the penalty count 8-1 at one stage.
After only three minutes lock forward Mark Walsh scored with fullback Lisch converting for the first of his 20 points for the day.
Five minutes later it was big Aaron Henry who went over for one of his four tries, and Warilla led 12-0.
Soon after Adam Stone, who has been one of Milton's best forwards all year, succumbed to a knee injury and was replaced not to return.
In the space of 15 minutes Warilla's Jake Kinsett scored twice with Lisch missing one of the conversions.
With half time looming Aaron Henry scored his second with Lisch converting.
Milton was fast running out of troops and had conceded a 28-0 lead at half time.
Milton was by far outweighed by its opponents and it appeared that ability alone would not get them back into the game.
Milton had developed competitive ruck speed in the last month but the big Warilla forwards were slow to get off tackled players.
When in possession Wells had a good day with the boot turning Warilla around but his team had difficulty all day handling the bigger Warilla forwards when they were bringing the ball back.
Warilla centre Jarryd Pepper opened the scoring in the second half and Milton's tough centre Graham McInnes ran down Lisch after an 80 metre dash to save a certain try.
After eight minutes Henry scored his third with Lisch converting.
Lisch chimed in at the 12 minute mark of the second half and scored, converting his own try.
It was about this time in the second half that Milton coach Paul Love realised that he was down to a basic 13.
A sequence of three tries scored in six minutes went to Josh Dower, Tye Starling and Aaron Henry added another 12 points and Lisch managed to convert one.
On the half hour of the second half the procession was broken by Milton centre Blake Mackey who crossed in a handy position for Moore to convert.
Until then there was a fear by the local supporters that the Bulldogs would be clean sheeted.
Matt Bettington was the next to score for Milton after putting in the best part of four hours for the day with appearances in the two lower grades before taking the field in first grade.
At this stage Milton's rookie backrower Wade Walker left the field with what appeared to be a knee injury, leaving Milton Ulladulla with 12 men to finish the game.
In the dying minutes Hertzog and Kent crossed with Lisch converting for Warilla.
Best for Warilla were their point scorers Aaron Henry, Chad Lisch and Jake Kinzett. Skeates and Cotter also were strong.
Milton was best served by Walker and Stone until they were injured and McInnes and Mackey were strong in the backs.
Warilla Gorillas 70 (Aaron Henry 4, Jake Kinsett 2, Chad Lisch, Jarryd Petter, Tye Starling, Josh Kent, Mark Walsh, Blake Hertzog and Josh Dowell tries Chad Lisch 8, Josh Kent goals) d Milton Ulladulla 10 (Blake Mackey and Matt Bettington tries, Lachlan Moore goal).
In one of their best performances of the season Milton went down 28-16 on Sunday.
Milton was still in the game soon after halftime when Andrew Riley evened the score at 16 all.
From then on Milton, battling with only 14 players were held scoreless by Warilla.
Milton plugged away and their completion rate was probably at its best for the whole season
Milton will meet Kiama on Sunday who are second in the competition and will be coming off a 32-16 loss to leaders Shellharbour.
Warilla 28 (Brennon Yates , Ryan Onains, Tony Cobby, Matt Sherrack and Brendon Charmon tries, Brad Ford 4 goals) d Milton Ulladulla 16 (Andrew Riley, Todd Barkley, Jason Keeble tries, Jason Alcorn 2 goals)
This was a standout performance by the hearty Under 18s .
Playing under strength for most of the season and with players constantly displaying good clubmanship and willingly standing by for the higher grades, they unselfishly made themselves available for selection in the higher grades.
Under Coach Wayne Clark they could well be a force next season with the senior grades strengthening up and themselves having a year’s experience under their belts.
Milton's Todd Jackson, who later doubled up for first grade, scored for Zuzic to convert. Warilla tried to respond but the tight Milton defence held up.
The ever ready Jarrod Hammond was next to score with Milton leading 10-0.
Just before half time Callum Franchi who the Warilla forwards found intimidating all day scored with Zuzic converting and Milton led 16-0 at halftime.
Franchi came out for the second half with the same amount of gusto and made a 60 metre run.
Zuzic tried to finish the movement off with a try but stepped into touch.
The advantage of the Warilla scrum feed was taken away when they were penalised for yet another indiscretion.
Bettington loomed up and was rewarded with a hard earned try with Zuzic converting and placing his team well on top 10 minutes into the second half.
Warilla's Josh Bailey expressed his displeasure with the refereeing and found himself in the sin bin for 10 minutes.
Danny Harper found himself on the score sheet again after a slick try converted by Zuzic.
Blake Doran was soon to accompany Bailey in the sin bin reducing the opposition numbers to 11.
The ever-present Matt Zuzic was next to score giving Milton a wel-earned win.
When Bailey returned to the field he was dismissed and Doran played out the last few minutes upon his return.
The penalty count favoured Milton with many indiscretions committed by the visitors keeping Milton in front all day.
Best for Milton were Zuzic, Callum, Hamilton and Bettington, and for Warilla were Wilson, Charman and Gee.
Milton Ulladulla 32 (Matt Bettington, Danny Harper, Jarrod Hammond, Todd Jackson, Matt Zuzic and Callum Franchi tries, Matt Zuzic 4 goals) d Warilla 0.
Milton Ulladulla will travel to Kiama on Sunday to take on leaders Kiama who will be coming off a win over Shellharbour of 24-18
Womens League Tag
Milton had a comfortable win over Warilla on Sunday 42-0 after leading 32-0 at halftime.
Early in the second half after an accidental obstruction Warilla player Nicole Robinson fell and lost consciousness after her head struck the ground . She was conveyed to Shoalhaven Hospital for head scans and it was reported later that she was in a stable condition.
The delay meant the second half of play was shortened to 10 minutes.
The unfortunate accident ironically robbed Milton of point scoring opportunities which could have been an advantage if percentages come into calculations in a fortnight’s time.
In the last five minutes Milton scored two tries to make the final score 42-0.
Milton had the bare 10 players with Ebony Murray not returning until the elimination games.
Premiers Milton appear to have a better balanced team this year and have ability to score tries from anywhere on the paddock.
Emily Burke was a standout against Warilla scoring three tries with sheer pace. Emily also kicked four goals.
Jessica Little continues grow in confidence scoring two tries and kicking a conversion,
Tries also went to Taryn Love, Cheyanne Hatch and Tessa Harris.
Paige Hegyi, Amy Austin, Georgia Thomas, Ana Raduva, Emmah Haynes and Kiarna Veitch all played well.
For Warilla Nicole Robinson until injured, Abbie Hattenfields and Bridie Lucas played well.
Milton Ullladulla will travel to Kiama on Sunday for the match of the day.
Milton is leading the competition on 34 points with Kiama on 32.
Kiama has the best percentage having scored 622 to Milton's 474.
Kirsty Church of Kiama appears to have the Top Point Scorer Award sown up with 190 points with a game in hand.
Top Try Scorer looks like being Alana Glasson of Kiama with 30 tries to date.
Kiama will be coming off a 26-10 win over Shellharbour who are battling with APOF to make the top five.