Smarter Than Smoking Premiership Week Two Preview

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Despite kicking off their Smarter Than Smoking Premiership title defence with a win last week, Fremantle Roosters Player-Coach Delane Edwards knows his side has a lot to work on ahead of their Round Two clash with the South Perth Lions.

“We’re just trying to worry about ourselves at the moment,” he said.

“From our performance, we have a hell of a lot to work on.”

In a tense game, the Roosters held off a fast-finishing Sharks to claim a 22-20 win despite playing the final seven minutes with 12 men after Edwards was shown a yellow card.

Like the Roosters, the Lions got their season off to a great start with a 38-10 win over the Joondalup Giants.

After a disappointing 2017 season where they lost out to the Giants in the Elimination Final, the Lions will be pleased with their efforts in Round 1 as they ran in seven tries to record a comfortable win.

“It was a steady start last week,” Coach Hayden Fisher said.

It will be a new-look Lions who will take the field this week, however, with seven first-team players unavailable for the clash with the Premiers.

“We have a new side this week so we’re starting from scratch this week,” Fisher said.

The first-year Coach is ready for the challenge the Roosters will present his young side.

“We always enjoy testing ourselves and playing against Fremantle.

“I think we’ll be sitting in a really good position as a club if we can match them.”

In the league’s other fixtures, the Willagee Bears and Joondalup Giants will both be eying their first wins of the season when they do battle at Webber Reserve.

In their return to Premiership action, the Bears were competitive in the first half against North Beach before tailing away after the break, while Joondalup will be after an improvement on the defensive end after being run over by South Perth.

Last year’s Minor Premiers, the Rockingham Sharks will look to bounce back from their nail-biting Round 1 loss when they travel to take on the North Beach Sea Eagles at Charles Riley Reserve.

The Sharks showed signs of promise last weekend and will be after a big game from English recruit Jack Wray to break a Sea Eagles defence who conceded just the two tries in Round 1.

The Sea Eagles, on the other hand, put in a polished display in their opening game of the season behind two tries and five goals from Ben Taylor.

Taylor led the league with 19 tries last season and is likely to be in the mix again after a fast start to 2018.

All of the games kick off at 3.30pm.