After winning their last three contests, the North Beach Sea Eagles are sitting pretty at the top of the WA Smarter Than Smoking Premiership with a 5-2 record heading into the General Bye.
Despite this, Coach John Hough says his side aren’t getting carried away.
“Where we are is great but we’re not taking anything for granted – we’re working it each week as it comes,” he said.
“It’s early in the season.”
Through the first seven rounds, the Sea Eagles have the best defensive record, allowing just 118 points. The next best is Rockingham with 156 points against.
“It’s a bit of consistency with the team. Players like Josh Toole, unfortunately, are in and out with his work situation, but the players who are in are working well,” Hough said.
The English coach highlighted the depth of his team as a reason behind their early success.
“When injuries start to come in we have to make sure we’re ready to step up, especially from our reserves,” he said.
One of those players, Chazz Palmer, started the season in Reserve Grade before earning promotion to the First Grade side.
The winger has scored five tries in five games to make his mark on Hough.
“That’s the benefit of Chazz in the Reserves at the beginning of the season – he took the opportunity when it came along and he’s doing really well,” he said.
Hough also highlighted the performances of Ben Taylor, who leads the league in goals (28) and points (72).
“He’s worked really hard with his kicking the last few weeks,” Hough said.
“He brings a lot to the team – just the calmness of him and he does a great job alongside our captain, Jake Keating.”
Hough says his side will be resting up during the Bye week ahead of a gruelling run-in towards finals.
“We’re taking that opportunity to give the team a rest first up and have that time to cover until next week against Joondalup,” he said.
“It’s very important to rest up the bodies and recharge the batteries and make sure everyone’s firing on all cylinders and ready for the last two-thirds of the season.”
After the bye, North Beach face the Joondalup Giants in the North-of-the-River derby at Charlotte’s Vineyard, but will be without Toole and Kani Solomon who have been selected to represent WA at the Combined Affiliated States Championship next week.