The Moorabbin Rams have just fallen short, going down 24-26 against Powerhouse at Albert Park on Saturday afternoon in wet and windy conditions.
There were multiple showings for the Rams in the two point defeat, such as number eight Simon Brown collecting two tries and the scrums which were dominant.
It was clear from the get go that the Rams were opting to go with the set piece at every opportunity they got and this was clear within the opening few minutes.
After being awarded two penalties, the Rams tested the Powerhouse defence by opting for the set piece and after a strong driving maul on the third go, the visitors got their reward as number eight Simon Brown gave the Rams a 5-0 lead.
As the rain and wind caused havoc, momentum switched to Powerhouse as they threatened when they tested the Rams’ defence.
Powerhouse finally broke through and responded midway through the first half, off a driving maul as Matthew Blee gave the hosts the lead.
A try to Navarre Haisila just before the main break meant that Powerhouse held a seven point lead at the interval.
As the second half began the Rams’ scrum was again a powerful asset for the away side, as the front row began to shine and push Powerhouse to be on the back foot.
After applying pressure and forcing Powerhouse to defend deep in their territory, Brown found a way through and scored his second try of the afternoon on the 50th minute.
However, that was short lived as three minutes later, Aka Durusolo extended the hosts lead.
The Rams were once again on the front foot building phase after phase, and Marac Beckham looked to score the Rams’ third try but the ball was held up over the line.
Rams scrum half Machon Samu, put an end to all the build up play as he found a gap and dotted the ball down over the line after a nicely driven scrum to set up a frantic final 15 minutes.
The Rams’ defence came under fire for the remainder of the half as the home side looked to further extend their lead.
A Powerhouse try with eight minutes to go, meant it was still anyone’s game in the final few minutes.
Sammy Ikihega scored a try with only minutes left and with the conversion a successful one put the Rams within touching distance.
The remaining minutes proved to be a physical affair, with both sides trying to find a gap but in the end time ran out and the home side clinched it by two points.