The Rabbitohs Women's team put in a brave performance against the Cronulla Sharks Women's squad at Southern Cross Group Stadium tonight (Thursday) to ultimately go down 24-10.
Facing a strong, established women's team in the form of the Shark's Women's series team, the Rabbitohs ladies put in a strong effort to grab the first points of the match but couldn't match the intensity of the host side.
The Sharks gave dominated proceedings after the Rabbitohs breakthrough with four unanswered tries confirming the win before a late Souths four-pointer brought the scores closer together at full time.
An error from the Sharks gifted Souths field position and they immediately took advantage with a try out wide to Nakia Davis-Welsh. The conversion was waved away but the visitors had taken an early 4-0 lead.
The Sharks worked their way back into the match and it was a long-range try that would see them take the lead, Corban McGregor scoring on the back of an attacking movement down the western side of the field. Jordan Baker was on target with her kick at goal and the Sharks led 6-4.
The Sharks went back on the attack and on the end of a clever passing movement Jessica Sergis would find some space, touching down for her teams second try of the night. Baker again added the extra two and the Sharks had a 12-4 advantage, a lead they would take into the half time break.
After Souths failed to collect the kick off to start the second period the Sharks attacked once again and on this occasion it was hooker Rita Maynard showing good footwork to step through from close range and score 10-metres left of the uprights. Baker converted again and the Sharks led 18-4.
With the momentum in favour of the Sharks Sergis scored once again, this time sprinting away on a 70-metre run to ensure the Sharks would claim the points and the victory against a Rabbitohs team who were extremely competitive but not quite good enough on the night.
Souths managed a consolation try, courtesy of a brilliant individual effort from Welsh, her second of the night, converted by Chloe Caldwell in rounding out the scoring.
Sharks 24 (Jessica Stergis 2, Corban McGregor, Rita Maynard tries, Jordan Baker 4 goals)
Souths 10 (Nakia Davis-Welsh 2 tries, Chloe Caldwell goal)