ROOSTERS TURN IT ON WHEN NEEDED

A sluggish Fremantle Roosters won 36 – 26 over Goldfields Titans but not after a scare in the second half. Fremantle were unconvincing making many ball handling errors, but were able to defend the errors to limit any damage.

After being 14 to 6 up at half time they surrendered the lead in the next 15 minutes with the Titans going out to a 6 point lead, started by forward Shemaiah Evans who intercepted on his own 10 metre line to outrun the backs for a try.

The Roosters answered quickly and put on two tries in 5 minutes to wrestle the lead back. They seemed to turn it on when needed to run out the game but were definitely off their best form, much to the credit of Goldfields.

Lee Toon-Poynton kept his side in the game after a disruptive week.

“We didn’t stick to the game plan but managed to tune in when needed. We seem to be able to lift for the big games and probably just did the job this week.”

Rob Hunt from the Titans is still struggling to get his best team on the field and had seven changes to the side from last week.

“I am happy with the effort this week, the boys worked well even with us having to leave Kalgoorlie a bit later than planned this morning. We have some new recruits coming in next week, so I am looking forward to building the group.”

Fremantle’s best were Dixie Harris and Delane Edwards, and Tahjon Mailata ran in three tries and is starting to show his ability in the centres after crossing from union recently. Roneo Kane and Shemaiah Evans were the best for the Titans.

In other results in the Harvey Norman Premiership, Rockingham Sharks had to shake off another slow start to beat Joondalup Giants 40 to 26. They recovered from an 8 – 22 half time defecit to dominate the second half. Careb Reedy again played well with support from Luke Falconer and Sam Jacobson for the Sharks. The Giants’ best were forwards Alistair Harris and Dave Huber.

After a wake-up call last week South Perth Lions dominated an undermanned Willagee Bears with a big 94 to 10 win. Jack Greenwood with 4 tries was the Lions best with a good game from Josh Clift. The Bears’ best were Brad Connelly with 21 tackles and Bjorn Crotty.

With a lop sided 15 to 2 penalty count on their side North Beach Sea Eagles with Tyron Cranston and Sam Lofts starring easily beat Kalamunda Bulldogs 54 to 18. The Bulldogs best were Cairo Takarangi and Glenn Walker.

Harvey Norman Premiership Ladder

Team Played Won Lost Draw +/- Points
North Beach Sea Eagles 7 6 1 0 +171 12
Fremantle Roosters 7 6 1 0 +92 12
South Perth Lions 7 5 2 0 +172 10
Rockingham Sharks 7 5 2 0 +17 10
Kalamunda Bulldogs 7 3 4 0 -44 6
Joondalup Giants 7 2 5 0 -36 4
Goldfields Titans 7 1 6 0 -140 2
Willagee Bears 7 0 7 0 -232 0

Game Results
First Grade
Fremantle Roosters 36 – Goldfields Titans 26
Rockingham Sharks 40 – Joondalup Giants 26
South Perth Lions 94 – Willagee Bears 10
North Beach Sea Eagles 54 – Kalamunda Bulldogs 18

Premier Grade
Fremantle Roosters 26 – South West Warriors 22
Rockingham Sharks 94 – Joondalup Giants 0
South Perth Lions 80 – Willagee Bears 4
Kalamunda Bulldogs 50 – North Beach Sea Eagles 6

Under 18
Joondalup Giants 30 – Rockingham Sharks 24
Kalamunda Bulldogs 26 – North Beach Sea Eagles 16

LeagueTag
Fremantle Roosters 52 – South West Warriors 0
Joondalup Giants 20 – Rockingham Sharks 10
South Perth Lions 10 – Willagee Bears 6
North Beach Sea Eagles 16 – Kalamunda Bulldogs 12