Rockingham Sharks broke open the finals race in the Harvey Norman Premiership with a stand out win against 2010 flag holders South Perth Lions. The final result of 32 to 12 was a good result of for the club and the competition.
In the other major fixture of the round, Fremantle Roosters came close against league leaders North Beach Sea Eagles, but could not match the class of the Beach in the end. The final score gave the Sea Eagles a handy 27 to 20 win to take them a game clear at the top of the table.
There is just a two game difference between first and fourth place with the Sharks jumping into third spot above the Lions after restricting them to just one try in each half of the game.
The Sea Eagles and Roosters game was a battle throughout with both sides fighting hard to gain supremacy. The opportunities for each side were created more from the forced errors than either side getting on top of the other.
After trailing 6 to 14 at half time, the Roosters leveled the score at 20 all with ten minutes to go through a penalty goal. Their chance of an upset win was snuffed out five minutes later when the Beach’s Will Hall scored out on the left wing. After converting the try, the Sea Eagles sealed the win with a field goal.
North Beach coach Jamie Rodgers was happy to hold out for the win.
“It was an arm wrestle for most of the game, but I feel the guys held their composure and defended well in the end.”
Lee Toon Poynton the coach of the Roosters was quite upbeat, knowing his side had shown they could match it with the competition’s form side.
“I am quite happy with the effort of the team. It was a good game of footy and except for a couple of errors early on, I thought we could have had them.”
Best players for the game were Ryan Dickson and Luke Heath for North Beach and Brad Gibson and James Aspin for the Roosters.
Rockingham Sharks coach Martyn Wood believes his side has finally shown what they can do.
“Today was the first time we have played for 80 minutes. We were well focused and shook off any complacency we have had up until now. I think the competition is wide open now.”
Caleb Reedy with 2 tries was the best for the Sharks along with full back Kevin Brown. Scott Jones again played well with good support from Jon Phipps from the Lions.
Kalamunda Bulldogs came back to the winners circle with a tight 24 to 20 win over the Joondalup Giants. Best for the Bulldogs were Glenn Walker and Robbie Mclean with Daniel Sneddon among the Giants best.
Goldfields Titans fought back after being down at half time to beat Willagee Bears 56 to 28. In the runaway win Roneo Kane led the Titans with a good game from the Bears’ Angus McLeod.
Harvey Norman Premiership Ladder
|North Beach Sea Eagles
|South Perth Lions
North Beach Sea Eagles 27 – Fremantle Roosters 20
Rockingham Sharks 32 – South Perth Lions 12
Goldfields Titans 56 – Willagee Bears 28
Kalamunda Bulldogs 24 – Joondalup Giants 20
North Beach Sea Eagles 32 – Fremantle Roosters 22
Rockingham Sharks 16 – South Perth Lions 8
South West Warriors 48 – Willagee Bears 6
Kalamunda Bulldogs 58 – Joondalup Giants 16
Willagee Bears 40 – South West Warriors 4
Joondalup Giants 58 – Kalamunda Bulldogs 28
North Beach Sea Eagles 22 – Fremantle Roosters 12
Rockingham Sharks 12 – South Perth Lions 8
Willagee Bears 24 – South West Warriors 4
Joondalup Giants 16 – Kalamunda Bulldogs 6