The South Perth Lions will be looking to secure a third-straight WA Smarter Than Smoking Premiership win when they travel to take on the Rockingham Sharks at Rockingham Mazda Arena on Saturday.
Winners of their past two games, 30-22 over the Ellenbrook Rabbitohs and 36-32 over the Joondalup Giants, the Lions have the chance to solidify their spot in the competition’s top four with a win over the Sharks.
Rockingham won’t lie down easily, however, and will be buoyed by a tight 36-22 come-from-behind win over the Willagee Bears in Round 7 – a result which secured just their second win of the season.
In team news, the Lions welcome back Will Smith and Eddie Proudler after the duo represented South Africa against the Cook Island last weekend, while forward Dylan Estreich will make his second Premiership appearance.
The game will also mark Smith, Connor Hudson and Brandon Wright’s first games back in Rockingham since making the switch to South Perth during the offseason.
The Sharks, meanwhile, will be without the injured Andrew Jeffery who suffered a broken ankle against the Bears.
Rockingham will be boosted by the inclusions of centre Daniel Goodwin and forward Juven Tupou who made successful Premiership debuts against Willagee.
In the competition’s other game, Joondalup will look to snap a three-game losing streak when they travel south to take on Willagee at Hartfield Reserve in Forrestfield.
Sharks: 1. Nathan Hill, 2. Josh Neal, 3. Logan Barclay, 4. Daniel Goodwin, 5. Alestair Parmenter, 6. Robbie Smith, 7. Sean Scott, 8. Damien Worth, 9. Marcus Ngaro, 10. Julain Wilson-Wyllie, 11. Heta Apiata, 12. Luke King, 13. Reece Potter, 14. Ben Bolth, 15. Benton Leme-Pyako, 16. Ricky Hayes, 17. Juven Tupou
Coaches – Dave Tito & Peter Worth
South Perth Lions: 1. Will Smith, 2. Kade McDonald, 3. Michael Guthrie, 4. Connor Hudson, 5. Billy Judge, 6. Eddie Proudler, 7. Harry Debique, 8. Daniel Green, 9. Zac Wood, 10. Kiam Fletcher, 11. Ethan Gourgard, 12. Brandon Wright, 13. Jarrad Smith, 14. Caleb Norton, 15. Blair Young, 16. Blair Wiseman, 17. Dylan Estreich
Coaches – Daniel Green & Isaac Thomas