The South Sydney Rabbitohs' Harvey Norman Women's Premiership side have been defeated by the North Sydney Bears 16-6 in a defiant performance at Erskineville Oval.
Playing their first match in a fortnight, the Rabbitohs arrived on South Sydney home soil at the hallowed Erskineville Oval to take on rivals the North Sydney Bears on a sunny afternoon.
And it was the Red and Green who got on the board first through five-eighth Candice Clay, who claimed her second try of the season in the ninth minute of the match. Converting her own try, the efforts of Clay saw the Rabbitohs up 6-nil after ten minutes.
The remainder of the half became an arm-wrestle, with neither side able to capitalise on opportunities, until the Bears struck a minute before halftime through halfback Sabrina Green. With the conversion, the teams headed into the sheds in a deadlock.
But the second half was all North Sydney, as the Bears scored soon after the resumption in the 36th minute.
With the game in the balance, the Rabbitohs Women continued to play with grit and determination, but a try to the Bears with just over ten minutes left sealed the result, with their opponents eventually claiming a 16-6 victory.
The Rabbitohs Harvey Norman Women's Premiership side will now take on Penrith Brothers at Mascot Oval this Sunday 5th May at 1:30pm.
North Sydney Bears 16 (Sabrina Green, Teuila Fotu-Moala, Shanice Parker tries; Kirra Dibb 2 goals)
South Sydney Rabbitohs 6 (Candice Clay try; Candice Clay goal)