Roosters believing in structure

Credit: South Perth Lions

Fremantle Roosters Manager Zac Speir says his side must stick to their structure when they host the South Perth Lions in Round 12 of the WA Smarter Than Smoking Premiership.

Coming off their best display of the season – a dominant 62-16 win over the Rockingham Sharks last weekend, Speir says he is after more of the same come Saturday.

“We finally put together an 80-minute performance last week. We’ve had so many games where we’ve turned up for one half of football,” he said.

“Hopefully we can recreate some of the same magic.”

The Roosters ran in 12 team tries in the win, and Speir believes the result was a long time coming.

“We had a structure set from day one and we haven’t been sticking to it,” he said.

“Everyone stuck to the structure on the weekend and it paid off. We’re all trying to believe in the structure and we proved it worked on the weekend.”

Their opponents, South Perth, are coming off a 28-10 loss to the Joondalup Giants – their first defeat in five games, but Speir says he’s not reading too much into the result.

“We’re not going to worry about what they do, we’re going to worry about what we do and keep believing in our structure,” he said.

The two sides have split their two previous games this season, with both contests decided by just two points.

“Both those games have been the two closest games we’ve played all season,” Speir said.

In team news, Fremantle welcome back Taiapa Graham from injury, while Shandyn Moody comes into the starting lineup in place of the absent Duane Butler.

Graham was a late withdrawal from last week’s win over the Sharks, and Speir says his return is a welcome boost.

“I know other sides do fear Taiapa. It’ll be good to have him back,” he said.

Moody, meanwhile, has stepped up in the absence of senior players, much to the delight of Speir.

“He’s really found his groove within our club now,” he said.

“We brought him into our culture. He’s scored some good tries and playing some good minutes in first grade, so I’m sure we’ll see him there even towards the back end of the season when we are full strength.”

In other games around the grounds, the ladder-leading North Beach Sea Eagles host the Rockingham Sharks, while Joondalup will look to make it two wins in a row when they travel to take on the Willagee Bears.

All games kick off at 3.30pm on Saturday.