Sharks keen to close gap

Rockingham Sharks Coach Darren Shaw says his side are keen to close the gap on the table-topping Fremantle Roosters ahead of their Smarter Than Smoking Premiership Round Six clash on Saturday.

The second-placed Sharks have won their last three games but will face a tough test against a Roosters side who are unbeaten in 2018.

“We’re focussed on controlling the football,” Shaw said.

“We want to win – they’ll go six points clear (if we don’t).”

The sides last met in Round One, with the Roosters holding on for a tight 22-20 win.

The Sharks have grown in confidence since then, however, and have scored 98 points in their last two games.

“The new guys are settling in – it’s taken a little bit of time,” Shaw said.

One of those new players, halfback Jack Wray leads the league with 48 points after a difficult opening few rounds.

In team news, Rockingham five-eight Anthony Bowman has returned to his native U.K. while West Coast Pirates young-gun Will Smith retains his place on the wing after scoring his first Premiership try on the weekend.

“He’s fantastic. He’s a brilliant young footballer,” Shaw said of Smith.

Their opponents, Fremantle, are coming off a 44-24 come-from-behind victory over Joondalup in Round Four, and have the league’s best attack (170 points scored) and defence (90 points conceded).

In other games around the league, the Willagee Bears will look for their first win of the season against the North Beach Sea Eagles, while the Joondalup Giants will be keen to halt a two-game losing streak when they travel to take on the South Perth Lions.

All games kick off at 3.30pm and will be held as part of NRL WA’s Indigenous Round.