Bears out to slay Giants

Willagee Bears Coach Nelson Davis has challenged his side to take on the role of Giant slayers when they face Joondalup in Round Seven of the Smarter Than Smoking Premiership on Saturday.

The Bears are yet to taste victory in 2018, but Davis is confident his side are heading in the right direction.

“We are improving. We are getting better,” he said.

“We’re trying to turn ourselves into an 80-minute team which is slowly coming.”

Despite conceding at least 50 points in each of their last four games, Davis can see the positives.

“A lot of those points come in a 15 to 20-minute window,” he said

“All of those games have been within reach for the majority of the game, but then our confidence goes down – that’s something I’ve been working on.”

In team news, Davis welcomes back Jordan Vae, Rick Cathro and Tremayne Kamso, while Ryan Mills plays his final game for the Bears after signing a deal to play in Canada with Vancouver Rowing Club Rugby.

“(Ryan) has always been a quality player of ours,” Davis said.

“He will be missed and the boys will be lifting for his final game.”

Their weekend opponents, Joondalup, snapped a two-game losing streak in Round Six – downing the South Perth Lions 30-22 in a tight affair.

The Giants were boosted by the return of West Coast Pirates SG Ball Cup captain Ollie Callan last weekend and got over the line in parts to a standout display from fellow Pirate Leighmon Hohaia Katene.

Just seven days after scoring his debut Premiership try, Hohaia Katene grabbed a double against the Lions, and Davis knows his side must be wary of the in-form pair.

“We’re working on trying to contain their big guys,” he said.

The teams last met in Round Two, with the Giants running out comfortable 32-0 winners.

“It was 28-0 at half-time, so we only gave up one try in the second half,” Davis said.

“Joondalup feeds on confidence, so if we can stop that we can turn the tide on the bullies.”

In other games around the league, the Fremantle Roosters will look to bounce back from their first loss of the season when they host the Lions, while the Rockingham Sharks put their four-game winning streak on the line against a North Beach Sea Eagles outfit who have tasted victory in their last two games.

All of the games kick off at 3.30pm on Saturday.