Roaring Lions look to make it six in a row

Credit: Carmel Potter-Green

The South Perth Lions are marching towards the WA Smarter Than Smoking Premiership finals.

Having won their past five games Hayden Fisher’s side are the form team in the competition, but the Kiwi coach isn’t getting carried away despite the prospect of a top-two finish.

“We just really want to focus on getting through the next two games injury free and continue the form,” he said.

“If it happens to pan out that way (we finish top two) that’s a great result but certainly not our focus at this point in time.”

Five weeks ago the Lions sat in a three-way tie with the Rockingham Sharks and Joondalup Giants with a 6-6 win/loss record, but on the back of their winning streak find themselves just two points behind the second-placed Fremantle Roosters.

“It’s been a long time coming – we’ve been building towards it,” Fisher said.

“We’re now hitting some of the form we could have had earlier if we’d been a bit more consistent with our playing crop.

“We’re playing footy that we’re happy with.”

Fisher will be hoping his side can keep the ball rolling as they prepare to host Rockingham in the penultimate round before finals.

The Sharks have lost six of their last seven games and go into Saturday’s clash with their finals hopes hanging by a thread.

Rockingham know they will have to at least match Joondalup’s result against the North Beach Sea Eagles to keep their season alive.

“Everything’s on the line for them,” Fisher said.

“They’re going to come out all guns blazing and could be a really defining moment for their season, so we’re expecting a really tough, physical game and the guys are ready for it.”

The Sharks have had a torrid time of late – giving up 254 points across their past seven games.

Despite their opponents’ poor form, Fisher says his side’s preparations will remain the same.

“We’re just focussing on ourselves. The main thing is to improve every week,” he said.

In team news, South Perth are likely to be without Ken Allen Medalist Scott Jones and winger Te Karawa Kahaki who are battling illness, while Rockingham welcome back South African international Will Smith into the centres.

In Saturday’s other First Grade games, Fremantle will look to reclaim top spot when they travel to take on the Willagee Bears, while Joondalup and North Beach go head-to-head in the North of the River derby.