THE BELL RINGER – Round 10

 by Donny Bell

Willagee v Rockingham #NRLWABearsSharks

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Round 10 of the Smarter Than Smoking Premiership Struddy’s Big Game of the round will be hosted by the Bears for the first time ever as they look for an improved performance against the Rockingham Sharks. The Sharks themselves will be looking for an 80 minute performance after once again having to come from a fair way behind against the Giants last weekend to win. The Sharks have struggled to put together a complete performance since losing Anthony Bowman, who headed back to England after starring in a 58-16 win over the Bears back in round 5. Since then the Sharks have had to come from 32-6 down against Fremantle, given up a 14-0 lead to lose to North Beach, turned in a lacklustre performance against South Perth and come from 22-4 down against the Giants. Rockingham currently sit in fourth spot on the ladder and with Ben Bolth and Richie Hicks to return to the team over the next month or so, they will only get stronger, but coach Darren Shaw will be desperate to increase consistency over the next 10 rounds. The other blow for the Sharks team is the loss of boom rookie Will Smith, who has earned selection for the South African Rhinos who take on Malta this weekend. For the Bears, they suffered their biggest defeat of 2018 last weekend and were held scoreless for only the second time this year. There is little doubt that the Bears are a better team at home. So far this year they have conceded 25% less and scored 14% more when they are at home, however they still have not been able to get within 20 of their opposition. Against a Sharks team with a point to prove this will be a tough assignment, but they will want to put in a better performance for their home fans than they showed last weekend. The live stream will be brought to you by Willagee Bears Game Day Sponsor Myelec Electrical Wholesalers from 3:30pm at Webber Reserve.

 

North Beach v South Perth #NRLWASeaEaglesLions

Arguably the two form teams of the competition, the Sea Eagles have won 5 in a row to scream to the top of the table, while the Lions have won 3 on the trot since losing to Joondalup in a shock loss at home. It was a last minute try that won them a game against the defending champions the Fremantle Roosters that has really kick started their season, and there last two performances have been impressive, beating the Sharks by 20 and handing the Bears a 78-0 thumping in a merciless showing. They will go into this game without Isaac Thomas, Tyler Thomas and Wiccus Boshoff who will all be involved in the international game between South Africa and Malta this weekend, but they should welcome back captain Scott Jones from a concussion. For the Sea Eagles, they are comfortably the competition favourites at this stage, with a strong team getting even stronger. The biggest question mark on the side from North Beach has been their forward pack, but the small, mobile pack led by the Lingard brothers is providing a great foundation that Trent Trotter is exploiting opening up even more space for the scintillating talents of Cairo Takarangi, Jeremy Wallace and Josh Toole. With the Lions missing some key players they will need to dig into their depth to compete at home against the league leaders. Games are at George Burnett Park with the main game at 3:30pm

 

Joondalup v Fremantle #NRLWAGiantsRoosters

The Roosters have lost 3 of their last 4 after their perfect start to the season, but they have matched up well against the Giants in the last couple of seasons having won 8 of the last 10 matches between the clubs, including a 44-24 win earlier this year. In the Giants favour will be that the Roosters will enter this game missing both Bjorn Crotty and Tarin Katu through suspension, which gives the biggest forward pack in the competition and distinct advantage. The Giants though will be looking to arrest a worrying trend of fading out of games. They led the Sea Eagles at halftime 16-14 a fortnight ago and last week led the Sharks 22-4 just before the break. In the Giants last 2 second halves they have conceded 66-0. They have slipped outside the top 4 and loss could potentially see them sitting 2 wins from fourth. Desperate times, but they will be at home and they’re another team that tends to perform better in front of their fans. Games will be down at Admiral Park with first grade starting at 3:30pm