Get Off the Fence – Rd Ten Preview

WA Smarter than Smoking Premiership Rd 10 Preview

By the BELL RINGER

 Round 10 BIG Game Thanks to RED NOSE DAY

Joondalup v South Perth: #WAGiantsLions

This is an intriguing match up! These are two clubs that would have genuinely welcomed the 2 week mid-season break as both these clubs were walking wounded at the end of round 9. Both Joondalup and South Perth have used a massive 25 players in their last 3 games which makes it very difficult to build continuity. However, despite the challenges both of these teams sit inside the top 4 within sight of top spot. Both teams have spent time at the top of the table during the first half of the year and have aspirations to be there at the pointy end. Last time these two teams met it was a gruelling encounter that saw the Giants prevail 16-13. The Giants will be looking to welcome back young halfback Christian Smith as well as Trazan Rihia and Eddie Tini who both missed the Giants last win, while the Lions will be hopeful of Jarrod Smith and Isaac Thomas returning after lengthy stints on the sidelines with injury. A win will go a long way to securing either side a semi finals berth, while a loss will make the task that much more difficult. 

The RED NOSE DAY BIG Game will be Live Streamed Thanks to NRL WA Media Partner Local Media Services Company from 3.20pm via the link located on the NRL WA website and Facebook page

 

North Beach v Rockingham: #WASeaeaglesSharks

One team that didn’t want the break was the Rockingham Sharks. They finished the first half of the season full of running and looked nearly unstoppable. Darren Shaw will be hoping that the break will not halt their momentum. Ironically it was an embarrassing loss at home against North Beach that saw the Sharks spring to life and there is no doubt that the Sea Eagles will be keen to repeat the dose in front of their own fans. North Beach are sitting outside of the top 4 and a loss in this game could see them start to lose touch with the finals bound teams. For the Sharks a win will see them maintain contact with top spot and that second chance at the business end could be the difference between a premiership and another also ran season.

 

Kalamunda v Fremantle: #WABulldogsRoosters

The Roosters have been hit with the loss of key players for the first time in 2017 and it will be interesting to see how the ladder leaders respond. They have lost Jarrod Thompson for the remainder of the regular season and a bicep injury also has Bjorn Crotty sitting on the sidelines for an extended period. This could open the door for the Bulldogs to cause the biggest upset of the decade. A couple of weeks off will have given the Kalamunda lads a chance to re-group and set their sights on building towards a bigger and better 2018 through continual improvement for the remainder of 2017. Look for Robert Sharp’s never ceasing effort to inspire his side to a solid effort in this contest and if Fremantle expect to get an opposed training gallop they could be in for a big shock.