Sharks bury pink hoodoo

Southern Telegraph - - Sport - Pete Rowe

The curse of the pink jer­sey nearly came back to haunt the Rock­ing­ham Sharks again on Satur­day in their Smarter Than Smok­ing Pre­mier­ship clash with the South Perth Lions at Franklin Off­shore Sport­splex.

The Sharks wore a spe­cial pink kit to cel­e­brate Women in League round — an event in pre­vi­ous years in which they have al­ways lost — and for much of the sec­ond half of this pul­sat­ing game, it looked as if his­tory would re­peat it­self, as the Sharks, with sev­eral key play­ers in­jured, had to sur­vive an on­slaught from the vis­i­tors to edge home 14-10.

It didn’t start that way though, with the home side dom­i­nant in a first half in which they were camped in op­po­si­tion ter­ri­tory, but only two tries to the good at the half-time break.

Steve Wid­ders grabbed the first, af­ter some ex­cel­lent build-up play from fel­low half-back Caleb Reedy in the fourth minute, and with Reedy’s con­ver­sion good, the Sharks took an early 6-0 lead.

The Sharks added a sec­ond try in the 28th minute

Jor­dan Ja­cobs burst through to score the Lions’ first, as fa­tigue started to show in the Sharks’ de­fence. Then the siege lifted, as the Sharks quickly found mo­men­tum.

Ja­cobs scored again, scoot­ing down the wing, but the Sharks man­aged to hold on in a tense fin­ish.

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