The Joondalup Giants and Rockingham Sharks square off for WA Smarter Than Smoking Premiership Round 4 action this weekend, a game where both sides will celebrate Australia’s Indigenous culture.
For the second-straight year, NRL WA will dedicate Round 4 to the Australian Indigenous community – a sign of respect to the rich history of this great nation.
“The Giants this year have got Indigenous style training shirts,” Joondalup captain Daniel Sneddon said.
“It’s good when clubs can get behind with any kind of special occasion.”
Two sides who know a thing or two about history are Rockingham and Joondalup, with the Sharks knocking the Giants out of last year’s competition in a dramatic final round – something which the G’s are looking to put right.
“It obviously was a heart-breaking moment for the guys last year,” Sneddon said.
“We always love playing Rockingham – they’re probably our closest rival in terms of ladder position the last decade.”
Joondalup, who enter Saturday’s game fresh off the bye, currently occupy fourth spot on the ladder with a win and a loss from their two games.
“The boys have been tracking really well,” Sneddon said.
“A good win against Rockingham will put us in a good spot for the season.
“It’s a good chance to solidify ourselves on the ladder.”
Their opponents, Rockingham, come into the game on the back of their best outing of the season – a 44-14 route of the Ellenbrook Rabbitohs last weekend.
“They’ve got a really strong left side attack,” Sneddon said.
“They look like they’re moving the ball really well so we need to make sure we’re up in defence and put pressure on them.”
After losing their first two games of the season, the Sharks bounced back in empathic fashion – pouring on eight tries, including four to Robbie Smith as they handed the Rabbitohs their maiden Premiership loss.
Unsurprisingly, Rockingham go into the game unchanged, while the Giants welcome back captain Sneddon and winger Bryce McRobert as they prepare to make the long trip south.
In the Premiership’s other games, the South Perth Lions take on the Willagee Bears at Morrison Oval in Forrestfield while the North Beach Sea Eagles will look to make it four wins from as many games when they host Ellenbrook.