Round 9 Preview


WA rugby league lovers are salivating in anticipation ahead of Saturday’s top of the table clash between South Perth and North Beach at George Burnett Park.

The Lions have been in outstanding form all season, with their outstanding line speed and speed along the flanks.

This will not worry the Sea Eagles, who possess equal attacking threats under Coach Ryan Gundry.

Despite holding top spot, the Lions suffered a major scare last week against Rockingham and only just held on for a 22-20 victory.

The match really could go either way, with control of field position essential for victory.


Joondalup v Fremantle

After suffering an almighty shock defeat at Kalamunda, the Joondalup Giants will be out for redemption against the Fremantle Roosters.

Both sides need to win this match in order to keep their finals aspirations alive.

The Giants are all always difficult to beat at home, with a vocal home crowd doing all they can to get their side across the line.

The Roosters raced to an early 14-0 lead against the Sea Eagles last week, but were unable to hold their nerve when momentum shifted, conceding 34 unanswered points.

Both sides should shed defensive tactics for this match and put on a rugby league showcase for the fans.


Kalamunda v Willagee

Buoyed by a stirring victory against Joondalup last week, Kalamunda will look to make it two wins on the bounce against Willagee.

Both sides have attack each match with vigour this year, with their attitudes on the field and to each other a real highlight.

Bears workhorse Jarek Goebel has been in outstanding form; keep an eye on his workrate in the middle of the field.

The Bulldogs forward pack is imposing, with defences often coming off second best from bruising collisions.

Both sides will need to stay disciplined during the match and ensure their fitness levels hold for the length of the game.