The Moorabbin Rams have gone down fighting in their final practice match to Endeavour Hills on Saturday afternoon at Frog Hollow Reserve.
Endeavour Hills player Jerry Lemalu bagged two tries as the home side came away with a 28-26 victory in warm conditions.
In period one both teams struggled to get their own game plan flowing as it was a physical affair from the get go.
The Rams were the first to score five minutes before the end of period one when Ramamumamu found a gap in the Endeavour Hills defence and offloaded the ball to Steve Pene who then dotted the ball down.
It was a much closer affair in period two, but the Rams were the first to cross when Andrew Barber extended the visitors lead to 14 points after a fantastic team try.
Endeavour Hills soon replied five minutes before the end of period two, when they scored two tries to make it an even ball game at the main break when Lemalu and Owen Delamache both crossed.
At the start of the final period Lemalu added his second to give the home side a seven point lead.
The Rams were forced to defend on their line for most of the period but some resolute defence by the away side meant they cleared any danger.
The Rams soon turned defence into attack when Tomasi Ramamumamu, ran down the left wing to plant the ball over the chalk to make it an even game with five minutes remaining.
A Mark Yanz try in the final minutes meant that the home side extended their lead to seven points with little time remaining.
The Rams dug deep in the dying minutes and their hard work finally paid off when Lincoln Segi crossed the line but a missed conversion meant the Rams went down by two points in a nail biting affair.
Updated 09:28 - 13 Apr 2019 by Fraser Stewart