Rockingham Sharks Stand-In Coach Mark Bilsborough says his side are focussed on sticking to their game plan when they travel to take on the South Perth Lions in Round Eight of the NRL WA Smarter Than Smoking Premiership on Saturday.
With centres pairing Tevita Pomale and Logan Barclay away at the Combined Affiliated States Championships alongside hooker Andrew Jeffery, forward Julian Wilson Wylie and Coach Darren Shaw, it’ll be a different looking Sharks side running out at George Burnett Park over the weekend.
“We’ve got some new faces this week. We’ve been running through the game plan and they’ve looked pretty sharp,” Bilsborough said.
The reshuffle sees fullback Connor Hudson shift to the centres to fill the void left by leading try-scorer Pomale and Barclay.
“It’s pretty big shoes to fill but hopefully he can get the job done for us this weekend,” Billsborough said.
After suffering a loss to ladder-leaders North Beach before the General Bye, Bilsborough hopes his side can get back on track against South Perth.
“It wasn’t too good to go down to North Beach. We had the game in control for the first 25 minutes and then fell away from our game plan,” he said.
“We need to stick to the game plan and worry about us and not about what other teams are doing.”
The Lions, on the other hand, are coming off a 28-26 upset win over the Fremantle Roosters, and Bilsborough knows his side need to be on the top of their game.
“They’re very clinical in what they do. They have plenty of experience in the side to get them around the field,” he said.
“We’re just worrying about ourselves with the new bodies in the team and worry about what we need to do.”
In other games around the grounds, the top of the table Sea Eagles take on the Joondalup Giants in the North of the River Derby, while the winless Willagee Bears take on a depleted Fremantle Roosters side missing eight starters through CAS duty.
All games kick off at 3.30pm on Saturday.