WA Smarter than Smoking Premiership Round 7 Preview
By The Bellringer
Joondalup v Willagee #NRLWAGiantsBears
Round 7 of the Smarter Than Smoking Premiership sees the Willagee Bears feature in the Cash Converters Big Game of the round for the first time up against the Joondalup Giants. The Giants grabbed an important win last weekend over South Perth to move back into the top 4 and will be confident of making it 2 in a row against the winless Bears. On average the Bears have been getting beat by 40 points per game, but they have regularly been competitive for 40 minutes. The Giants have been similar in some of their games over the last few weeks, conceding 40-4 in the second half against the Roosters and 30-6 against the Sharks after being locked at 10-all after 20 minutes. When these two teams met in round 2 it was 28-0 at halftime, but the Giants added just one 4 pointer in the second half for a 32-0 win. That is the only game the Bears have been kept scoreless, so they will be keen to post some points in this game against the competitions second worst defensive team. Statistically the Giants are also the second worst attacking team, but in saying that they score twice as many as the Bears and concede half as many points, so you should expect a Joondalup victory at home. The live stream will be brought to you by Joondalup Giants Game Day Sponsor Everest Integrated Services from 3:30pm, with Women’s League Tag (WLT) at 11:30am, Val Murphy Trophy at 12:40pm and Reserve Grade at 2:00pm at Admiral Park Reserve.
Rockingham v North Beach #NRLWASharksSeaEagles
The Rockingham Sharks take a home game to Ellenbrook in round 7 for an important match against the North Beach Sea Eagles. This is second v third and depending on the result in the other game the winner could jump into top spot on the ladder. The Sea Eagles have won their last 3 since going down to local rivals Joondalup and danger man Ben Taylor will be up and about after a 22 point personal haul against the Bears last weekend. Chazz Palmer is another that is in fine try scoring form having scored in each of the Sea Eagles last 3 games. This is a battle between the two form teams of the competition as the Sharks have won 4 on the trot since losing their opening 2 games of the season. The Sharks will be hoping for a better start and overall better defence than they showed last weekend against the Roosters after they gave up a 32-6 head start before fighting back for a famous victory. The battle of the centres will be worth the price of admission (which is free) as the Sharks Tevita Pomale carved up the Roosters right side defence in the second half last week and Logan Barclay has earned selection for WA going up against fellow WA call up Kani Solomon and a star of our game that has recently retired from representative footy in Ben Taylor. The day starts with WLT at 11:30am at Charlottes Pavilion and that is followed by Val Murphy Trophy between the Sharks and the Ellenbrook Rabbitohs at 12:40pm, Reserve grade between the Sharks and Rabbits as well at 2pm and the main game at 3:30pm
Fremantle v South Perth #NRLWARoostersLions
The Roosters don’t often lose two games in a row. It happened only once last year in the final two rounds of the regular season. In fact since 2015 it’s only happened 4 times and one of them was back to back losses in the 2016 finals. This is the predicament of the South Perth Lions who have problems of their own having only beaten Willagee in their last 5 games. The last time these two teams met it was a classic that the Lions appeared to have sewn up until the final play of the game saw Delane Edwards turn into a Harlem Globetrotter to set up Alan Cowan to steal victory. The player to watch for the Roosters has to be the dynamic Tarin Katu who has scored a try in every single game that he’s played in this season. He generally comes from the bench and crashes over with one of his first touches. Look for this imposing human to get the ball close to the line and good luck to the Lions defence in stopping him. For South Perth it’s difficult to pinpoint where it’s all going wrong. They have a good pack with the likes of Scott Jones, Mason Hiko and Shannon Coleman all playing good footy up front, solid wide running back rowers in Daniel Green and Dave Coffin, experienced halves in Isaac Thomas, Eddie Proudler and Harry Debique and some exciting outside backs in Kade McDonald, Tyler Thomas and PK Te Wara. They should be one of the premiership favourites, but so far in 2018 they haven’t been able to put all these parts together consistently for the full 80 minutes. All matches at Ken Allen Field with the WLT at 11:30am, Val Murphy and Reserve grade at 12:40pm and 2pm respectively, before the top grade take the field at 3:30pm