The Central Coast Roosters have the chance to wrap up the minor premiership this weekend if they record a win over the North Sydney Bears at Morry Breen Oval but the Bears are in red-hot form and their coach Robert Capizzi says they won’t be going down without a fight.
Central Coast will go into the match as favourites with four wins and one draw under their belt, while North Sydney will be searching for their third win of the season and looking to build on their impressive 32-0 victory over South Sydney Rabbitohs last week.
"It was a polished performance in the first half," said Bears coach Rob Capizzi.
"We dominated the play in terms of the amount of possession we had which lead to that first half score.
"We fell off the pace a little bit in the second half but it pleasing to keep the opposition scoreless."
The Roosters welcome back their superstar fullback in Isabelle Kelly and boast Harvey Norman NSW stars Hannah Southwell and Kylie Hilder in their roster, while and the Bears have been boosted by the recent inclusion of Harvey Norman NSW Women’s Origin workhorse Simaima Taufa while her NSW team mates Kirra Dibb and Shontelle Stowers have been impressive all season.
Capizzi says having NSW players of such calibre in the team, who consistently put in 'extras' to maintain their form, inspires their teammates to do the same.
“Kirra and Shontelle are in our leadership group that I always confer with." Capizzi said.
"They model the expected behaviours we would like to see in a footy team by doing extras before training and when they're on the field they carry themselves in a way that is noticeable they are representative players."
Meanwhile, second-placed Cronulla Sharks will face the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs at Hammondville Oval on Saturday and Wests Tigers will be looking to back up their 24-0 win over Wentworthville when they play the South Sydney Rabbitohs at TG Milner Field on Sunday.