Top Two Locked In

Story by Richard Campbell

Results from the weekend see both North Beach and Fremantle five points clear of South Perth and Willagee, and they seem certain to meet in the major semi final as the top two finishers in the premiership race.

North Beach Sea Eagles easily accounted for South Perth Lions 34 to 4 in their round 18 clash while Fremantle had the bye and stayed ahead of the pack. The interest now centres on fourth and fifth position.

Willagee in fourth spot have the hardest run coming up against the top three sides in the final three rounds. They have beaten all of them during the season and only need to win one to lock Rockingham out of finals contention. Their first test comes this week against South Perth.

The expected heavy weight fight against modern day rivals North Beach and South Perth amounted to little on Saturday as the Sea Eagles defense shut out the Lions. South Perth dominated much of the early possession in the game but their kicking was poor and the Sea Eagles were able to withstand their forward pressure with a sound defensive game.

At the break North Beach went in with an 18 – 0 lead and were never threatened in the second half. They have proven they have the depth and seem to be able to fill any loss in the line-up with a player capable of taking it up to the opposition.

Jason Godecke featured setting up the first try with a good line break and finishing the game with another two tries. Young second rower Lachlan Patterson also had two tries for the game.

South Perth’s only try came from Harry Debique late in the second half. The Lions best were hard to find with errors playing a part, but good games were put in by Kurt De Luis and Michael Apps.

Willagee Bears did enough to keep their spot in the four with a tough win over Kalamunda Bulldogs 32 to 18. They were down 10 – 16 at the break but worked hard in the second half to secure the win. The line up for the Bears was their best in recent weeks and hopefully the run will be good for them as they come into the game against the Lions next week. Tane Peakman and Carlos Rameka were the best for Willagee.

Rockingham Sharks played well in a good team effort to defeat Joondalup Giants 56 to 6. Their win keeps their hopes of a finals spot intact with three games to go. They have the talent but need to keep producing it if they are to figure in the finals race. Vincent Silulu was outstanding for the Sharks with four tries. 


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