Sea Eagles playing it cool

Despite sitting top of the WA Smarter Than Smoking Premiership, North Beach Sea Eagles Coach John Hough says his side aren’t getting ahead of themselves as they prepare to host the Fremantle Roosters on Saturday.

The Sea Eagles and Roosters sit first and second on ladder respectively and are separated by just points differential heading into their Round Nine matchup at Charles Riley Reserve.

“We’re not looking too far ahead and taking each week as they come,” Hough said.

The two sides last met in Round Four, with the Roosters prevailing 28-22.

North Beach are unbeaten since that game, however, winning their last four straight including a 46-16 come-from-behind victory over the Joondalup Giants in Round Eight.

“We’re building nicely. I’m pleased where we are,” Hough said.

The Sea Eagles got over the line in that game thanks to a standout display from centre Ben Taylor who grabbed a hat-trick and kicked four goals to finish with 20 points.

“Ben’s obviously not representing the state this year, so we’re lucky to have him in our team whilst he’s not representing WA. He’s building nicely and come along really well,” Hough said.

Hough admits his side will have to be on the top of their game to overcome a Roosters outfit who welcome back eight first-graders from State duty.

“There are dangers all over the field so we’ve been preparing for that,” he said.

“We’ve just been working on our defence to try and stop them as best we can.”

North Beach will fight fire with fire and also welcome back their own State players with Josh Toole, Kani Solomon and Cairo Takarangi all expected to be fit for Saturday.

In other games around the grounds, Joondalup face the long trip south to take on the Rockingham Sharks, while the South Perth Lions will look to make it three wins in a row when they host the Willagee Bears.

All games kick off at 3.30pm on Saturday.