Despite producing a competitive opening half-an-hour, the West Coast Pirates fell to their fifth straight loss to open their 2019 SG Ball campaign on Saturday – this time a 52-12 loss at the hands of the North Sydney Bears.

Playing on the road for the first time this season, the Pirates started strongly – keeping the Bears scoreless during the opening 15 minutes of play.

North Sydney, also winless through their first three games of the season struck first, however, as Dean Barnes crossed after 16 minutes.

This was the kick in the guts the Pirates boys needed, as ‘The Crew’ bounced back to level up the game just five minutes later through Jackson Bond’s try.

The second rower now has two tries in as many games and is playing some of his best footy of the season.

Jaydon Solomon added the extras and the Pirates found themselves locked in a tense battle.

Tied at 6-6, the Bears kicked up a gear – scoring four tries in 10 minutes before the half-time siren to take a 24-6 lead into the sheds.

North Sydney kept up their strong attacking form after the break – scoring three unanswered tries to take a commanding lead.

Luke Callan’s sending off 12 minutes into the second half did nothing to help the Pirates get back into the contest as they played the final third of the game with 12 men.

To their credit, the Pirates dug deep and scored their second try of the game as Solomon touched down just five minutes from time.

The five-eight converted his own try to finish with eight points for the game.

The Pirates now return home for their Round Six clash against the Illawarra Steelers at Charles Riley Reserve in North Beach.

As always, the game will be brought to you by Local Media Services Company’s YouTube Channel.

Kick-off is at 10.30am WST.