Cold and blustery conditions greeted the Goannas and spectators at Goanna Park this round, making it a tough day for all concerned.
The Goannas were looking to make it back to back wins when they took on local rivals Penrith.
With the wind advantage in the first quarter the Goannas dominated the early proceedings, using the footy well and kicking six goals to none to open up a commanding lead.
As expected, the Rams came back hard in the second quarter when they had the wind, kicking 5 goals and keeping the Goannas scoreless to reduce the lead to just 5 points.
The third quarter would be crucial to the outcome, and to the Rams credit they ramped up the defensive pressure, conceding just the one goal while kicking two of their own to be only a point behind at the last change.
In a tense final quarter both teams gave it everything, but in the end it was the Rams who came out on top by 17 points.
Shane Williams was best on ground with a strong display up forward and four goals.
Kane Williams, Josh Terrey and Luke McLeod were solid in the backline all day, while Stuart McKinley andJordan Pidgeon gave plenty of drive in the middle.
The Goannas' next game is against the St George Dragons on Saturday May 10 at Olds Park (Forest Road, Peakhurst) at 12pm.