WARL Round 17 Preview – Smarter Than Smoking Premiership

By Justin Fris

WARL ROUND 17

Willagee v Fremantle – Webber Reserve
Kalamunda v North Beach – Pioneer Park
Rockingham v Joondalup – Franklin Offshore

 

 NON-NEGOTIABLE ATTENDANCE

 Fans look set for a feast of quality rugby league on Saturday at Webber Reserve.

In a potential semi final preview, both Willagee and Fremantle need victory for different reasons.

For the Bears, the ecstasy of sealing third spot would be almost assured.

With wintery conditions set to continue, the match is primed for a gritty workmanlike Bears effort.

However Fremantle will have ideas of their own.

The Roosters have exhibited the efficiency of a German home appliance in recent weeks.

Both sides will also breathe a little easier if Joondalup slip up against Rockingham .

 

NO EXCUSES FOR GIANTS

Joondalup’s finals hopes hinge on victory over Rockingham at Lark Hill on Saturday.

A loss coupled with a Fremantle victory at Webber Reserve, would see the Giants fall two games behind in the race for 4th place.

They won’t get any favours from Rockingham either.

Plagued by injury in 2014, the Sharks have played more freely in recent weeks and the play has been scintillating.

One reason alone to travel to Lark Hill this week is to watch Vincent Silulu.

A nippy mover, Silulu’s talent would brighten the sky during the gloomiest storm.

League followers will be glued to updates of this match around the city, as the result will play a major part in deciding the final four.

 

WHEN FORCES COLLIDE

 Kalamunda and North Beach go into Saturday’s contest at Pioneer Park with mixed emotions.

For Beach, they would be seething at letting South Perth off the hook last week.

After dominating field position over the Lions early, four sets of six in as many minutes all resulted in turnovers.

Beach never recovered from this period of play and toughed their way through a forgettable performance.

You can be sure Ryan Gundry has his men primed for a swift rebound.

Kalamunda’s fans have witnessed further hidings in recent weeks and surely must wonder when their luck will change.

On a boggy track with an unforgiving wind, there may never be a better chance to cause a boilover for their loyal fans.

 

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