Speir happy with Roosters’ start

Fremantle Roosters Manager Zac Speir says he is happy with how his side is looking heading into the NRL WA Smarter Than Smoking Premiership General Bye.

After starting the season with five wins in a row, the Roosters have dropped their last two, but that doesn’t bother Speir.

“We’re happy with the start. We felt we deserved the five for five,” he said.

“We fought a few battles and came away with a few close wins which was good.”

Speir cited team spirit as the main reason behind the Roosters’ hot start.

“The guys all banded together. It’s probably something we’ve lost over the last couple of weeks,” he said.

After racing out to a 32-6 lead against Rockingham, Fremantle looked to be heading for a sixth win in a row a fortnight ago, only for the Sharks to pull off the comeback of the season.

To rub salt into the wound, Fremantle then fell to a home defeat to South Perth last time out.

“We’re not looking too much into it. It’s a long season as all the teams know,” Speir said.

“Five in a row we gave ourselves a good start. We’ve got to continue our focus. We’re happy to go through a bit of a lull now and peak towards the finals.”

Part of the Roosters’ early success is down to the scoring abilities of Tarin Katu who leads the league with seven tries.

“He’s proved to be pretty unstoppable this year,” Speir said.

“He’s a great player and a great pick up for us. He’s dynamic off the bench.”

The reigning Premiers’ form has led to eight players being selected in the WA State Team for the Combined Affiliated States Championships in Brisbane next week, but Speir says it’s a great chance for fringe players to step up.

“Reserve Grade are going well this year. They’ve got a pretty healthy stock so I’d say Shandyn Moody is going to get a crack. He’s someone who’s been there or there about, already played a few games this season,” he said.

“Ryan Foster is coming out of retirement – I’m sure he’ll have a crack again.”

Once Premiership action returns for Round Eight, the Roosters face a trip to take on the Willagee Bears.