The Fremantle Roosters will put their unbeaten start to the 2018 Smarter Than Smoking Premiership on the line on Saturday when they take on the North Beach Sea Eagles at Ken Allen Field.
Following a week off for the ANZAC Challenge, the Roosters (3-0) will look for the same form they displayed in an emphatic 58-4 win over the Willagee Bears in Round Three.
“Coming in as last year’s Premiers and now three in a row, the boys will be on a high,” Manager Zac Speir said.
“We’ve started off on the right foot.”
The Roosters own the league’s best attack and defence through the first three rounds to sit top of the ladder.
“We don’t look too much to the ladder at this stage of the season. We look to peak at the end,” Speir said.
Their success has come behind the playmaking of veterans Delane Edwards and Jordan Stringer, combined with the emergence of young stars such as Rangi Teirney.
Teirney produced a standout performance in his First Grade debut a fortnight ago – crossing for a try and kicking six goals.
“We’ve got confidence in what he can produce. We know the style of game he can play and feel he is a good suit for Fremantle.”
The 17-year-old backed up his performance with a Man of the Match display for the Perth Kiwis Under 18’s ANZAC side where he scored a further two tries.
“He’s a good young player and had a good game in the ANZAC Challenge for the Under 18’s.”
“He’s been training well for us, so he’ll get a jumper on the weekend.”
Forward Duane Butler didn’t have the same luck during the Senior Men’s ANZAC game – picking up a knee injury that will keep him sidelined for 2-3 weeks, while captain Simon Tabakanaca and winger Alan Cowen also miss out.
Their weekend opponents, North Beach (2-1), will be hurting after a 22-14 derby loss at the hands of the Joondalup Giants last time out.
“North Beach is a side we never take lightly – we know what they can do,” Speir said.
Speir knows the key to Saturday’s clash will be limiting the involvement of Sea Eagles five-eight Josh Toole.
Toole produced a stunning Man of the Match performance for Perth City during the ANZAC Challenge – running in two tries and having a hand in two more.
“Josh Toole had a great game over the weekend – he’ll be coming in with a lot of confidence and looking to replicate the game for his club side,” Speir said.
“We’re confident that if we stick to our structure and our gameplay we’ll be able to nullify his involvement.”
In other games around the league, Rockingham Sharks (1-2) make the long trip North to face Joondalup (2-1), while Willagee Bears (0-3) will be out for their first win of the season when they host the South Perth Lions (1-2).
All of the games kick off at 3.30pm on Saturday.