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Post by Redszone on Tue Apr 19, 2011 5:12 pm


South Perth Lions again had to turn around a slow start to run over the top of Joondalup Giants 48 to 22. The Giants played with purpose in the first half going into the break with a 22 to 12 lead and had they made better of their conversion attempts, could have been further ahead. South Perth was slow getting back to their line making it easy for the Giants to run in five tries. The two tries scored by the Lions were generally against the run of play. After the break the Lions put on 36 unanswered points running with more purpose and the forwards constantly breaking the lines and creating the opportunities to score. Jack Greenwood signaled the run with tries at the seven and ten minute marks, from there the Lions were able to control the tempo of the game. They kept the pressure on the Giants taking advantage of errors and double sets to keep the score board ticking along.
Coach Cory Bush was happy with the second half but a bit bemused as to why the boys are starting slow. “We needed to be more disciplined early on, but happy with the finish. We have a number of new blokes in the line-up and obviously have a few players still on the injury list, so it is something we need to work on”.
First year coach of the Giants, Byron Hutton would have been pleased with his charges at the start, but still has work to do to get to the level of the 2010 premiers.
“We were not tough enough. We need to change our mentality and be able to compete for 80 minutes at this level”.
South Perth had a good mix of try scorers with Greenwood, Kallum Coleman and Isaac Thomas each scoring two and Joel Irvine going over twice for the Giants.
Best players were half Ash Turner and Thomas for the Lions and Macey Howarth and Daniel Sneddon for the Giants.

The other games in a lop-sided round had similar score lines.

Fremantle Roosters 52 defeated Willagee Bears 22 with best players Tah Jon Mailiata and Joseph Skipper for Fremantle and the Bears best being Maddison McGregor and Matt Beetle.

North Beach Sea Eagles were too good for Rockingham Sharks winning 42 to 4 holding out the visitors after a 22 to 4 first half. Jake Keating and Mick Kestell were best for North Beach with Luke Faulkner and Kevin Brown leading the Sharks.

Kalamunda Bulldogs easily accounted for Goldfields Titans 52 to 10.

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