2023 NRL WA Premiership Preview – Round 10

By Peter Rowe

Rockingham Sharks hope to celebrate a 150th first team appearance with a win on Saturday when they host the North Beach Sea Eagles in round 10 of the NRLWA Fuel to Go and Play Premiership.

Peter Worth made his senior debut for the club back in 2004, listed on the club’s honour board with the number #7.

‘Pumps’  to his friends has suffered numerous season-ending injuries and retired three times, before stepping back on the field in the club’s sky blue jersey.

He’s played in all of the club’s NRLWA grand final appearances, sadly losing three times, and remains the only player to achieve the 150 mark.

Peter Worth made his first grade debut for the Sharks in 2004.

“He’s had more comebacks that Fast and Furious,” one club official joked this week, at the same time congratulating Worth, now 37, on his achievement.

“He’s always been here, as a young player coming through and now as a senior mentor to our group of young players this year,” president Brett McMillan said.

“It’s a momentous achievement for any club and it would be great see us win on this, his 150th first team game.”

Worth will know his side will have to be at their best if they are to continue their good form of last week and grab another win.

The Sharks were great value for their 32-6 victory at Joondalup in round nine, but North Beach will offer a different game.

“It’s all about ‘Pumps’ this week – he’s like a good red wine, he just gets better with age,” player-coach Tom Murphy said.

“But we have to continue where we left off last weekend. The positive was we only conceded six points and defence was key.  That’s going to be crucial for us this week.

“We’ve leaked too many points in previous games so defence has been our main focus all week.”

North Beach coach Phil Douche was impressed with the Rockingham performance at Joondalup.

“They looked confident and I can see what coach Tom Murphy is doing,” Douche said.

“So it will be a tough game, and like most clubs we have players in and out with FIFO rosters.”

The Sea Eagles welcome back captain Keiran Tarrant from a neck injury, but will be without half Kade McDonald, suspended for another week.

South Perth Lions know they are in a battle for the playoffs after a disappointing loss at Fremantle last week, and assistant coach Paul Brown knows it’s a “critical game.”

The Lions will be without Joey Halpin and Corbyn Daniels and may switch Harry DeBique to the halves for the visit of Joondalup.

“Harry is great at fullback but it’s been discussed,” Brown said.

“We just made too many mistakes last week and missed too many tackles. We know we have to improve there.”

The Lions are hoping British winger Josh Adu will be available as they face a Giants side eager to forget their loss to Rockingham in round nine.

Giants coach Taurean Sheehan knows it’s important to get back to winning ways after last week’s defeat.

“Apart from Fremantle on top of the ladder, no one else is sitting comfortably at the moment,” Sheehan said.

“It’s getting tight for the run-in to playoff spots and it’s important we find a win to help get clear of the pack.”

Gus Marshall returns in the halves, something Sheehan believes will help add structure to his side and big forward Dom Fidow-Kele also returns.

“We just need to focus on ourselves to get the job done.” Sheehan added.