West London Sharks do not like doing things the easy way, coach Louise Latter joked after Saturday's 32-30 win over Valley Cougars, writes Tim Street.
Only last week the Osterley outfit with a raft of west Londoners needed a last-minute try and conversion to win their Rugby League Conference South Premier play-off final against South London Storm.
That put them into the Premier Conference semi-final against Welsh outfit Cougars, where they survived a late onslaught to win by just two points.
Latter said: "It was nail-biting stuff,but we could have made it easier on ourselves. "We out-scored them eight tries to six, but we missed all our conversions, which was 16 points thrown away."
Ben Moriarty,Tony Williams and man-of-the-match Terrence Puna all bagged two tries each for Sharks, while Craig Kruger and Steve Burkhill notched one each too.
All of which put Sharks through to only their second-ever Premier Conference Final, where they will bid to become the country's best 'non-league' team.
They take on Nottingham Outlaws in Derby on Sunday week, hoping to go one better than their previous appearance at this stage.
Four years ago they lost to Widnes Saints in their last tilt for the trophy. The game kicks off at 4.30pm, but before that, West London Sharks Ladies will take on Coventry Bears Ladies in the Ladies Final at 3.15pm.