Fremantle Roosters fly high after 22-point win over South Perth Lions in NRL WA Premiership

Fremantle Roosters put on a second-half spectacle to see the South Perth Lions 26-4 in the NRL WA Fuel to Go and Play Premiership on Saturday to join the Rockingham Sharks at the top of the ladder.

As the Sharks lost 26-16 at Joondalup, the Roosters enjoyed home advantage even though it was their defense that sent them through in atrocious conditions.

“We gave up 14 penalties and made 16 errors, so defense was our biggest advantage,” player-coach Delane Edwards said.

Fremantle closed the game late with two tries from Cooper Sanders and Mitch Kerr to end any comeback for the Souths with coach Daniel Green praising their defense in the wet but acknowledging their opponents’ skills.

“We were beaten by a better team,” Green said.

“Blair Young and Joey Halpin were superb as forwards for us, but it wasn’t our day.”

At Joondalup in similar wind and rain, the Giants got their season back on track with a solid 26-16 win over the Sharks.

And player-coach Taurean Sheehan, playing his first game in eight weeks, was delighted with his side’s performance, with youngster Domanyc Fidow-Kele his man of the match.

“Dom was superb coming off the bench, and Payden Porter’s footy IQ is incredible – a real asset to us,” Sheehan said.

“We knew we had to tire them in the first half conditions and it worked.

Camera iconRockingham’s defense swarm to stop another Joondalup attack. Credit: Nancy Perrin/Provided

“It was tough on both sides regarding the weather, but I was really proud that our boys held on late to secure the win.”

Sharks coach Darren Shaw said the execution of the last pass let his team down as they tried to close the deficit.

Forwards Julian Wilson-Wyllie scored twice and Matthew Rangiuia added another, but it wasn’t enough as the Sharks’ wet weather comeback failed to materialize.

“In the first half they kicked well and kept the pressure on with Payden Porter hurting us with runs around our edges. But we still haven’t sorted out our ball control,” Shaw said.

The North Beach Sea Eagles found winning form to tie South Perth on the ladder with a 62-6 win over Ellenbrook.

With Jeremy Wallace back at halftime, the Sea Eagles were still too strong for their opponents, with coach Phil Douche calling out young hooker Coby Rafferty as his standout.

Sharks hooker Andrew Jeffery is unable to find a way through the Joondalup line.
Camera iconSharks hooker Andrew Jeffery is unable to find a way through the Joondalup line. Credit: Nancy Perrin/Provided

“The conditions were terrible but we did what we had to do and I was really happy with our performance,” Douche said.

Ellenbrook manager John Hough said the conditions reminded him of his playing days in England with Super League side Warrington.

“We played with heart despite the result and I can’t ask for much more,” Hough said.

“We are improving with every game, it’s a step in the right direction.”

Charles P. Patton