The North Beach Sea Eagles snapped a two-game losing streak with a 32-18 win over the South Perth Lions in Round Five of the Smarter Than Smoking Premiership at Charles Riley Reserve on Saturday.
North Beach racked up five tries, including three in the first half, to notch their third win of the season.
“The first half was probably the best we’ve done all year,” Sea Eagles Coach John Hough said.
“It was a really good effort, but lots to improve on.”
Desperate to halt their two-game skid, North Beach came out with intent and grabbed the first points of the afternoon when winger Chazz Palmer touched down in the corner following some strong build-up play from hooker Adam Roy and centre Kani Solomon.
Roy was again involved moments later – catching the South Perth defence offside to milk a penalty in front of the posts.
Competition leading points scorer Ben Taylor knocked over the two points to give the hosts an early 8-0 advantage.
It would be a lead the Sea Eagles would build on with their very next use of the football – Solomon standing up his man to slip down the blindside and set up Jayden De Vorms to score untouched.
Keen to get in on the action, fellow centre Taylor made a break down the right edge before teeing up Billy Sharpman as North Beach raced out to a 20-0 lead after half an hour.
With a blowout looming, South Perth’s defence held firm for the rest of the half, but they struggled to create anything on the attacking end.
Lions Coach Hayden Fisher made a few tactical changes at the break, including bringing Rick Edwards into the game, and the move paid off just four minutes after the restart as the hooker darted out of dummy half for his side’s first points.
Harry Debique converted from the sideline to give the Lions a sniff.
Any hopes of a South Perth comeback were quickly dashed as Solomon again turned provider to fullback Kahan Joyce-Vaughan to score in the corner.
The teams then exchanged blows – PK Te Wara showing some fancy footwork for South Perth’s second of the contest before a bit of Jeremey Wallace brilliance wrapped up the points for North Beach.
Sam Scari scored a late consolation try, but it wasn’t enough to prevent the Lions slipping to their third loss of the season.
In other results around the grounds, the Fremantle Roosters stayed perfect after coming back from 20-0 down to defeat the Joondalup Giants 44-24, while the Rockingham Sharks downed the Willagee Bears 58-16.