WARL Round 12 Preview

By Justin Fris

 

LAST CHANCE SALOON FOR BULLDOGS AND SHARKS

If ever a side needed a victory to inject life into their season, then both Rockingham and Kalamunda would qualify.

The loser of this contest could just about start planning for 2015.

One could be forgiven for thinking that the Sharks have been playing on a rollercoaster this season; such has been there up and down form.

After copping a 42-10 battering against coastal rivals Fremantle last week, the Sharks will be keen to display a more rounded home performance.

Fitness is imperative for the Bulldogs on Saturday. They have to put everything else aside and make sure they can run out the match.

Both sides are incredibly enigmatic, but still provide a quality afternoon of rugby league.

 

LIONS KEEN TO CLAW ROOSTERS

South Perth will be keen to return to the winning ways against Fremantle at George Burnett Park.

After last week’s 26-all draw with Willagee, ‘Barney’ Nixon will be keen for his men to flex their muscles against a rival contender.

The Roosters have put up some big scores of late and improved their form remarkably.

Whether they can compete with the Lions is a completely different story.

In order to pull off victory, the Roosters will need to play a constant attacking tempo of football.

Going into their shells defensively could see the tide turn, especially on the road.

 

TIME FOR BEARS TO MAKE STATEMENT

If Willagee are keen to become a finals stumbling block, they must continue promising form and dispose of North Beach at Webber Reserve.

Flying high after last week’s draw against South Perth, the Bears are leading the logjam for the final two spots in the top four.

Conversely, Beach keeps on winning and can further cement second place with victory away from home.

Playing finals football is one thing; providing an impact once you are there is another.

If the Bears are to be taken seriously, they need to start beating fancied opponents.

Expect Beach to start well and have several purple patches of attacking brilliance throughout the game.

We will know more about the Bears after this match and whether they are the real deal.