Heartbroken Roosters ready for Giant test

Credit: Carmel Potter-Green

After suffering a heart-breaking 28-22 loss to the North Beach Sea Eagles last week, the Fremantle Roosters will be keen to return to winning ways when they host the Joondalup Giants during Round 15 of the WA Smarter Than Smoking Premiership on Saturday.

“It was pretty disappointing to lose the way we did (last week). I probably thought a draw was a good representation of how that game went for both sides,” Fremantle Manager Zac Speir said.

“North Beach are a good tester and we know we’re going to see them at the pointy end of the season. We’re happy with that performance and going to build on it and take a lot of confidence into Joondalup this weekend.”

The loss was Fremantle’s first in five games, with Speir’s men now turning their focus to a Joondalup side who have won three of their last four.

“Joondalup have been on a bit of a roll the last couple of weeks, they’ve finally got a few players back and are starting to hit their straps,” Speir said.

“They’re always dangerous with a good pack and a bit of experience in the middle – they’re a good side so we’ve got to nullify them.”

The Giants are coming off a 24-12 win over the Rockingham Sharks – a result which lifted them into the top four.

Speir singled out Joondalup star Davey Martin as a player his side will need to keep an eye on come Saturday.

“Davey Martin has had quite a big influence on their wins,” he said.

The sides have met twice already this season, with Fremantle victorious on both occasions – running in 72 points in the process.

The Roosters’ attack has served them well all season, scoring an average of 38.6 points per game, and Speir says that attacking mindset will be key against the Giants.

“Across the board, we just try to focus on what we need to do and hopefully we can stick to our structure and pile on some points like we have the last couple of weeks,” he said.

In other games around the grounds, the ladder-leading North Beach tackle the South Perth Lions, while the Rockingham Sharks will look to snap a four-game losing streak when they host the Willagee Bears.