NRL fans are frustrated they have their work cut out to tell the jerseys of the Wests Tigers and North Queensland Cowboys apart during their clash on Saturday night.
The NRL is celebrating “Women in League Round” this weekend to recognise the role of female players, staff, officials and family members involved in rugby league.
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As a result, many teams are wearing a special jersey featuring pink to commemorate Women in League Round.
But footy fans were left bewildered by the clash of pink jerseys as the Tigers take on the Cowboys at Queensland Country Bank Stadium in Townsville.
The Tigers jersey incorporated pink subtly into their traditional attire, while the Cowboys deviated from their normal yellow and blue colours to sport a bright jersey for the occasion.
With both sides wearing dark coloured shorts and predominantly pink jerseys, fans were struggling to tell the two teams apart.
The Wests Tigers (left) and North Queensland Cowboys (right) pink jerseys were hard to tell apart. (Photo by Ian Hitchcock/Getty Images)Source:Getty Images
They easily could have thought they were watching a rugby union match, with both teams’ jerseys closely resembling the maroon of a Queensland Reds jersey.
While viewers praised the Tigers and Cowboys for celebrating Women in League Round, they were annoyed one team wasn’t wearing white shorts to help differentiate the two sides.
need some white shorts in there
it’s bright faded dark uniform vs bright dark uniform
ref might need some tint glasses from spec savers #NRLCowboysTigerspic.twitter.com/clI8CVRP2X
oh man – thats too much pink
Nice seeing the Cowboys in their traditional neon pink and the Tigers playing in the clubs age old purple and black
Oh dear, these jerseys.
(love the ladies round 💖) #NRLCowboysTigers
I can only differentiate between the two teams via the shorts #nrlcowboystigers
I have a long held theory that sporting teams in all football codes who suddenly play in unfamiliar colour schemes in their playing strips; struggle to adapt identifying team-mates. Therefore, both teams here are disadvantaged equally #NRLCowboysTigers
The consensus among fans was the Tigers had the better pink jersey, and they certainly had the better of the first half on the field.
The Tigers' kit might be the most beautiful I've ever seen! 😍 #NRLcowboystigers
This Tigers jersey is srsly lit. #NRLCowboysTigers
Desperately needing to win to stay in touch with the finals race, the Tigers started well, with Stefano Utoikamanu and Ken Maumalo both scoring tries in the first half.
But the Cowboys reduced the deficit with a fortunate try to debutant Jeremiah Nanai keeping them in striking distance, with the score 12-6 at halftime.
Second-half tries to Kelma Tuilagi and Tommy Talau put the Tigers well and truly in control.
But two tries to the Cowboys in the last 10 minutes meant it was a nervous finish for Tigers, who eventually ran out winners in a 24-16 result.
The victory means the Tigers are only one win outside the top eight heading into the last three rounds of the season.
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