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North Beach Sea Eagles vs South Perth Lions

Traditional rivals North Beach and South Perth go head to head in the match of the round this weekend, and what an interesting position the defending premiers find themselves in. They are 1 win from 3 games to start the year and find themselves in 5th spot on the ladder. Although it’s not panic stations, coach (and now it seems player again), Matt Doeg will be looking for a marked performance against the competition front runners the Lions. Gershom Adams almost willed his team over the line last week, and will be looking for a similar performance. On the flip side, South Perth went punch for punch with the Roosters last week and will be looking to sure up their defence. 34 all while not a loss, will have some alarm bells ringing. Coach Justin Nixon has made some needed changes with workhorse Jones returning to the front row and old head Isaac Thomas back in the halves. This should steady the ship and return the Lions to their grinding best.

Kalamunda Bulldogs vs Joondalup Giants

Back to Hartfield Park for the mighty Bulldogs, and although on the back of another big loss, there were some encouraging signs for the boys in blue last week. With some flair with the ball and willingness to scramble in defence there looks to be better times on the horizon for the Dogs. Encouraging is their fleet-footed centre Ricco Heta, who takes on the line every game and is hard to handle one on one. The Giants won their derby over the Sea Eagles last week, with a bruising performance which showed they will not be pushed around this year. Young Trazan Rihia was a menace in defence, putting constant pressure on the Eagles halves. Coach Darren Smith will be looking for a steady performance and complacency will be high on his list of things to watch out for.

Fremantle Roosters vs Rockingham Sharks

The Southern Derby sees the Roosters taking on the new look Sharks in an interesting matchup. Freo have a big win, a close loss and a high scoring draw on their books, and coach Delane Edwards will be looking for another building performance from his charges. Fremantle have long been known to score points, but they will be looking for an improved effort in defence. New centre pairing of Sellers and Butler will be looking to get their hands on the ball early and often, with late footwork being a strength of both. Watch boom hooker Simon Tabakanaca who is explosive from dummy half late in the halves. For the Sharks it’s a big month. Two wins, both against the bulldogs, and a 2 point loss to the Lions has the Sharks looking to prove they are a real force this year. Watch for workhorse Geordie Connelly get through a ton of work to give his forwards a break, and game breaker halfback Benton Leme Pyako to take the line on often to keep the Fremantle forwards honest.