Lions Smash The Sea Eagles

After an ordinary mid season South Perth Lions bounced back to their best form on Saturday with a show of strength winning 52 to 14 over North Beach Sea Eagles. The turnaround has been building over the last few weeks with the addition of some new players and a revamped line up.

The form of second rower Scott Jones who recently had an excellent national series played a major part in the win. His general play and accurate goal kicking left no doubt that the Lions will again feature in the finals wash up.

The Lions powered on 18 unanswered points in the first 25 minutes thanks to the strong runs by Jon Phipps and Clint Fraser through the middle, making up valuable ground and providing the backs the options to score.

The Sea Eagles scored 10 points in the back end of the first half, but it was the only time they looked in the game.

Injuries will create a worrying time for North Beach who finished with no men on the bench and two on the field who probably should not have been there. The Lions ran in 5 tries in the last 20 minutes of the game.

Best players for South Perth were Jones and Phipps with Kieran Tarrant and Mike Te Ao the better players for North Beach.

 “We had a good start to the game and I was very happy with the way the backs combined”, a contented Cory Bush coach of South Perth said at the end of the game, obviously happy with the showing.

A concerned North Beach coach, Jamie Rodgers simply stated “We were totally outplayed”.

He was more concerned with the injury toll and types of injuries to his players, most of all full back Tyron Cranston who did not come out after the half time break.

With the tight competition, the loss pushed North Beach from top to fourth on the table, allowing Fremantle Roosters into top spot with percentage over Rockingham Sharks.

The Roosters had a good 58 to 16 win over Kalamunda Bulldogs, with Brad Gibson and James Aspin in the sides best and Josh Benjamin leading the Bulldogs.

The Sharks have set up a top of the table clash against the Roosters in two weeks after easily accounting for Goldfields Titans 62 to 12. Lee Gudor was the best for the Sharks with good games from Luke Faulkner and Sam Jacobson. Matthew Murray played well for the Titans.

Joondalup Giants returned to the winners list again after being on the end of some narrow defeats in recent weeks. They won well over Willagee Bears 76 to 12. The Giants’ best were Jeremy Browne and Sean Comiskey, Angus McLeod played well for the Bears.

Harvey Norman Premiership Ladder

Team

Played

Won

Lost

Draw

+/-

Points

Fremantle Roosters

11

9

2

0

+216

18

Rockingham Sharks

11

9

2

0

+199

18

South Perth Lions

11

8

3

0

+230

16

North Beach Sea Eagles

11

8

3

0

+180

16

Kalamunda Bulldogs

11

4

7

0

-128

8

Joondalup Giants

11

3

8

0

+6

6

Goldfields Titans

11

3

8

0

-202

6

Willagee Bears

11

0

11

0

-500

0

 

Game ResultsFirst Grade
South Perth Lions 52 – North Beach Sea Eagles 14
Fremantle Roosters 58 – Kalamunda Bulldogs 16
Rockingham Sharks 62 – Goldfields Titans 12
Joondalup Giants 76 – Willagee Bears 12

 

Premier Grade
North Beach Sea Eagles 28 – South Perth Lions 20
Fremantle Roosters 32 – Kalamunda Bulldogs 20
South West Warriors 56 – Rockingham Sharks 14
Joondalup Giants 30 – Willagee Bears 26

Under 18
Rockingham Sharks 86 – South West Warriors 4
Willagee Bears 52 – Joondalup Giants 26

LeagueTag
South Perth Lions 16 – North Beach Sea Eagles 16
Fremantle Roosters 10 – Kalamunda Bulldogs 0
South West Warriors 16 – Rockingham Sharks 12
Joondalup Giants 20 – Willagee Bears 0