WA Smarter than Smoking Premiership Rd 11 Preview
By the BELL RINGER
Round 11 BIG Game Thanks to V- Athletic Strength & Performance
Fremantle v North Beach: #WARoostersSeaeagles
It is D-Day for the defending premiers! They take on the top of the table Fremantle Roosters and if they cannot manage to scrape together a victory they will be staring down the barrel of needing to win all of their remaining games just to make the finals. A loss here and North Beach can all but kiss goodbye to the 2017 season. For the Roosters this will be their first legitimate test without the services of enforcers Jarrod Thompson and Bjorn Crotty. Can they withstand a forward pack containing the likes of Adam Roy, Gershom Adams and Ben Taylor without the firepower those two provide? There’s a 3:30pm kick off at Ken Allen Field this Saturday if you want to find out the answer or you can tune in to the live stream available via the NRLWA website.
Rockingham v Joondalup: #WASharksGiants
The highlight of the first half of the season for Joondalup was a 16-13 win over the South Perth Lions and the lowlight was the following week when they were smashed 47-12 at home by the Rockingham Sharks. The Giants added another highlight to their season last week by once again rolling the Lions with an inspired second half defensive effort and the last thing they want is to repeat history and have all their good work undone by the Sharks. The battle up front will be crucial to the victory as Logan Houghton and Eddie Tini will need to dominate Ben Bolth and Reece Potter if the Giants are to prevail. A Sharks win could see them move into top spot for the first time this season, but a loss will have the Giants and the Lions both right on their tail in search of that double chance in the finals.
South Perth v Kalamunda: #WALionsBulldogs
South Perth will be looking to make a statement in this game. They had a number of players last weekend returning from injury. Isaac Thomas had some obvious rust after a 5 week lay off, while Luke Faulkner played his first game of 2017 and didn’t always take the right option against the Giants. They both showed glimpses of what they are capable of and expect them to continue to get better in the next few weeks. Jarrod Smith also returned last week against the Giants and will be better for the run. Kalamunda had best be ready for an ambush at George Burnett, because there will be plenty of Lions with a point to prove and they may just use the Dogs to make sure it’s heard loud and clear.