Hoodoos, they are a thing in rugby league and the New Zealand Warriors and their fans can finally say they have broken the Perth curse.
Playing in their 10th match in Perth dating back to 1996, the club managed to claim their first win in the country’s Western-most capital.
In the end, it came somewhat easily, as their new free style of play gave them the win on the back of some fantastic play by half Shaun Johnson.
New recruit Blake Green contributed significantly to that, as his structure and composed nature allows Johnson to play his natural game; that is, taking the line on regularly.
Despite the win, the same inefficiencies about the Warriors defence started to irk fans as Cody Walker scored a simple opening try for the South Sydney Rabbitohs.
Sparked into action by their bad defence, the Warriors scored two quick tries; first to newcomer Isaiah Papali’i who pounced on Johnson’s kick before quick hands saw David Fusitu’a score his first try of the game in the corner.
The teams seemingly went tit-for-tat but as the Warriors pulled away, the deficit was too much for the Rabbitohs to claw back.
Although they worked their backsides off and did score two late tries courtesy of doubles to both Richie Kennar and Cody Walker, it was not enough.
Perhaps more well-known for his high-octane, speedy efforts with ball in hand during attacking raids, it was the defence of Roger Tuivasa-Sheck that drew all the praise after the Warriors win.
“I thought he came up with some tremendous tackles early in the game,” Kearney said of Tuivasa-Sheck.
“Constantly put himself in the contest.
“That’s what you expect from Roger. He sets himself such a high standard. It’s not often he doesn’t deliver.”
For the man nicknamed RTS, it was simple. Do it for the team.
“It was just something I had to do for the team, it presented itself and I didn’t want to miss,” Tuivasa-Sheck said.
“We’ve been talking about playing with a lot of energy and just after that tackle I was just trying to give the team energy and (was) trying to build from that. It was a good moment.”