Get of the Fence Rd 7 Preview

WA Smarter than Smoking Premiership Rd 7 Preview

THE BELL RINGER

BIG Game of the Round South Perth v Rockingham: #WALionsSharks

South Perth bounced back after a shock defeat to the Giants to beat Kalamunda 70-0 last weekend and they are back into equal 1st spot, but will find this much tougher as they clash with the rejuvenated Rockingham Sharks. The Sharks got their fins up with a totally dominant 2nd half performance. Ben Bolth and Reece Potter were outstanding up front, while Geordie Connelly was a constant threat on the Sharks left edge. Darren Shaw has the benefit of being able to call upon the same 17 this weekend as they look to continue their charge into premiership contention. South Perth have also named a very similar team to last week, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see Isaac Thomas make his return and his experience and skill may be enough to give them an edge, however you’ll need to toss a coin to pick the winner.

 

Joondalup v Fremantle: #WAGiantsRoosters

These two should know each other well by now as this is the 3rd time they’ve met in 2017, but with the ledger square at 1 apiece don’t expect this to be a friendly re-union. The Giants will be determined to bounce back after the Sharks knocked them off their perch and what better chance than to knock off the now top of the ladder Roosters. Giants by name and Giants by nature the big rigs of Logan Houghton, Te Awati Kihi and Gillesbie Fai will be determined to re-assert their dominance against a Roosters side that is crowing after embarrassing the defending champs 64-0 last weekend. The Roosters have been building their season and with fewer injuries than other clubs their stability gives them an edge others are envious of. The Roosters are known for their genuine attacking flair and they can hurt you on the edges or up through the middle, but it’s their defence that would have impressed captain coach Delane Edwards most last weekend. Keep that coin handy, because this one could flip either way too.

 

Kalamunda v North Beach: #WABulldogsSeaeagles

Both these teams will see this game as a real opportunity. North Beach will be determined to prove that their hammering at the hands of the Roosters was an aberration and no more than a blip on the radar. They will enter this game as heavy favourites despite the big loss in round 6 and will look to their experienced players to boost them back into contention. On the other side of that coin we keep having to flip is the winless Bulldogs who will sniff some blood in the water and would be eager to pounce on the wounded Sea Eagles.