Roosters conquer Giants

Credit: Carmel Potter-Green

The Fremantle Roosters showcased their WA Smarter Than Smoking Premiership credentials with a 62-12 demolition of the Joondalup Giants at Ken Allen Field on Saturday.

A week after suffering a heart-breaking loss to the North Beach Sea Eagles, the Roosters responded in the perfect way – piling on 12 tries to record an emphatic win.

“We stuck to our plan – we got off to a good start and then turned on the afterburners and started to pile on some points,” Roosters Manager Zac Speir said.

“We were five (wins) in a row, and then lost last week, so the boys were firing and came out and put on a really good performance today.”

Desperate to make up for that loss against the Sea Eagles, the Roosters jumped out of the blocks – wingers Alan Cowan and Jason Nicholls scoring within the opening five minutes.

Joondalup had won two of their last three games heading into the contest and soon hit back – Wananga Kingi producing a 65-metre solo try off the back of a goal-line drop out to bring the visitors within touching distance.

The try would be the Giants’ only highlight in what was a disappointing first half for a side whose finals hopes hang in the balance.

Joondalup fullback Davey Martin failed to deal with Sonny Kerr’s spiral kick to allow Simon Tabakanaca to pounce before Kerrod Hignett and Kerr crossed to give Fremantle a 26-6 lead heading into the sheds.

Joondalup came out after the break with a real fire in their belly but almost gave up an early four-pointer had it not been for Martin’s try-saving tackle to deny Hignett in the corner.

The Roosters wouldn’t be denied, however, as Nicholls sprinted the entire length of the field to score his second of the afternoon just six minutes after the restart.

The try was the straw that broke the camel’s back, as Delane Edwards turned provider to Mitch Kerr who dotted down to give Fremantle a 38-6 lead just past the hour mark.

To their credit, Joondalup hit back with a consolation try from Mark Huiswaard before the floodgates opened.

Fremantle have the ability to score tries like no other team in the competition (540 points scored before today) and ran in five tries in the final 12 minutes to rub salt into Joondalup’s wounds.

Daniel Tuimoala got his name on the scoreboard before a quick-fire Manihera Eden double, Jordan Stringer finish and Cowan’s second of the day wrapped up a comprehensive victory for the hosts.

With the win, the Roosters return to the top of the standings after the South Perth Lions defeated North Beach 20-12, while Joondalup drop out of the top four after the Rockingham Sharks overpowered the Willagee Bears 60-14.