THE Gloucester Magpies and Gloucester Cockies combined for a successful double act at Bert Gallagher Oval on Saturday.
Both teams eased to victories, with the Cockies defeating neighbours the Wallamba Bulls 33-8 in the early game, before the Magpies steam-rolled the Abermain Hawks 46-16.
The Cockies put in their most complete game of the season against the Bulls, dominating possession and field position from the opening exchanges.
A try against the run of play to the Bulls opened the scoring, but from there it was all one-way traffic as the Cockies asserted their dominance.
Tries to fullback Nick Clarke and Chris Marchant saw the home side take a 12-5 lead to the break, before Wallamba moved within four points with a penalty shortly after the restart.
But five-pointers to Scott Batey, Josh Smith and skipper Jamie Andrews sealed the bonus-point win, which sees Gloucester maintain fourth place on the ladder ahead of this Saturday’s opponents the Myall Coast Mudcrabs. Kick-off is at 3pm at number one oval.
The Magpies secured their place in the finals with a comprehensive defeat of the Abermain hawks.
The Magpies raced to a 24-6 halftime lead thanks to tries from Scott Murray, Mathew Higgins, Kyle Predebon, Mitchell McDonald and Scott Wratten.
McDonald and Wratten both ended with doubles as the Magpies scored four tries to two in the second half to run out comfortable winners.
Gloucester takes on ladder leaders Williamtown Jets at Hexham this Saturday in the final match of the regular season.