The Moorabbin Rams are through to the preliminary final as they defeated Powerhouse 17-5 at Harold Caterson Reserve on Saturday afternoon.
It was a hard-hitting battle as in the opening stanza of the match both teams were struggling to find a break and really implement their stance on the game.
A Troy Cobden run where he burst through the Powerhouse line on the 20th minute, seemed to ignite the home side and four minutes later their hard work was rewarded, when Johnny Hunt dived over the line to break the deadlock to give the home side a 5-0 advantage.
A minute later, the visitors were a man down when Serupepeli Uru got sent to the sin bin for a dangerous tackle.
The extra man soon played a part for the Rams, when Fili Leota doubled the host’s advantage on the half hour mark.
However, the visitors looked like they were going to score on two occasions just before the main break, but some resilient defence by the Rams on the 34th minute meant the ball was held up. The second time, Powerhouse were disallowed a try as the ball was knocked forward.
The Rams held the visitors scoreless when they went into the main break with a 10-0 lead.
The Rams looked like a different side after the main break as they seemed to be far more composed once the second half began, often hitting passes with more purpose and conviction.
The Rams shared majority of the possession deep inside their attacking 22, however, it took until the 60th minute, before they found the line when captain Michael Enwistle dotted the ball down.
After missing various attempts on goal, Machon Samu converted to give the hosts a 17-0 lead with 15 minutes to go.
The visitors responded a minute later, when Uru sprinted down the touchline to plant the ball over the line.
A yellow card to Hiene McFarland in the last few minutes of the match meant the Rams were a man down, but the hosts held firm to continue their charge for ultimate glory.
Updated 09:04 - 4 Aug 2018 by Fraser Stewart