The East Campbelltown Eagles were outclassed on their home ground on Sunday.
The Moorebank Rams showed they could be a force in 2019 with a solid 26-18 win in treacherous conditions at Waminda Oval in round 14 of the NSWRL Sydney Shield competition.
The Rams came out of the gates fast to take a 10-0 lead.
The Eagles hit back trough Amanono Tovio and Sean Connor's conversion drew the deficit back to 10-6.
Moorebank hit back with another unconverted try, but Shannon Gallant then scored a much-needed try to close the gap to 14-12.
The Rams again responded with a try to take a 20-12 lead into half time.
Moorebank was first to cross the line after half time to hold a 26-12 advantage.
The Eagles fought hard and Vince Ripepi scored under the posts. Connor converted to draw the deficit back to 26-18.
The Eagles threw everything at Moorebank in the final 20 minutes, but the Rams held on for an eight-point victory.
East Campbelltown coach Richard Barnes said he was proud of his team's effort, despite the result.
"We started slow, got ourselves behind in points but we fought all the way to the siren," he said.
"We threw everything at the Rams in that last 20 minutes, but to their credit, they defended well and their completions were outstanding considering the conditions.
"They are a quality football team."
Aaron Teariki and Andy Fiagatusa received the Eagles' man of the match and players' player honours respectively.
Shannon Gallant and Mason Talolua were among East Campbelltown's other standouts.
The Eagles will travel to Asquith this Sunday to play the Asquith Magpies.