By Justin Fris


South Perth and Fremantle will compete in Saturday’s WARL senior grand final at George Burnett Park.

The Lions have been league leaders all season and held enough aces in the major semi-final. Coupled with a formidable home record, few could rise to their level on grand final day.

Fremantle split this rule in half.

South Perth coach Barney Nixon needs little reminder of the last time these two sides met in round 19

His Lions were rolled 36-4.

Riding an avalanche of success after the midseason break, Roosters coach Andrew Korn has steered his men into another senior grand final.

After comfortably defeating Willagee in the minor semi-final, the Roosters destroyed North Beach 28-0 last week.

Korn’s tactics against North Beach in the preliminary final were brutally effective, yet simple. Play conservative football up the middle and then bury them out wide.

Whether this will work against a seasoned team guided by Nixon, remains to be seen.

History shows that the keys to victory are vastly different for both sides.

The Lions are the masters of dictating the tempo of a game. Completed sets, solid kicks and trap the opposition in a hole.

Once the opposition is on the canvas, the talented backs can squeeze through the smallest of gaps.

Nixon will urge his men to complete their sets and match the dangerous Roosters forwards in the middle of the field.

In all three defeats this year, the opposition has needed to score over 30 points to beat the Lions.

Conversely, the Roosters will need a hard, physical start.

Wellington Tulilou and Samson Graham will need to get in the Lions’ heads early and impose their physical presence on the game.

Korn will want his men to score a few tries early and consolidate scoreboard pressure throughout the rest of the game.

If the Roosters trail heavily at half time, you might as well start singing “Goodnight Irene.”

Both sides have had memorable seasons and equally have the opportunity to create their own slice of history.

But if ever there was a side that could travel to George Burnett Park and dislodge Nixon’s conquering Lions from a premiership, it would be the Roosters.

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