The East Campbelltown Eagles have experienced a disappointing loss at home.
The second-placed Eagles fell 36-20 to the fifth-placed Ryde-Eastwood Hawks at Waminda Oval in round 17 of the NSWRL Sydney Shield competition.
The Eagles started on fire with Blake Wells scoring in the opening minutes.
Ed Connor nailed the conversion and East Campbelltown led 6-0.
Ryde-Eastwood then stepped up its intensity and the Eagles had no answer. The Hawks ran in three quick tries to take a 14-0 lead.
East Campbelltown's Craig Moustakas then crossed to cut the deficit to 14-10.
With five minutes left in the first half, the Hawks were able able to cross for a try to take a 20-10 lead.
The Eagles fell asleep again on the strike of half time and the Hawks crossed for a try to take a 24-10 advantage at the break.
East Campbelltown coach Richard Barnes fired up the team at half time and the Eagles were dominant early in the second half.
However, the Hawks were again able to cross first to score and stretch the lead.
Two tries to East Campbelltown - through Alex Potifara and Aaron Teariki - gave the Eagles a chance of winning at 30-20.
But a final try to Ryde-Eastwood in the dying minutes helped the visitors seal a 36-20 win.
Guy Thompson and Alex Potifara received the Eagles' man of the match and players' players honour respectively.
Coach Barnes said the Eagles were outplayed, particularly in the first half.
"We were just out enthused, our attitude was poor and they made us pay for it," he said.
"We need to turn up in every game in this competition and if you don't, you will be on the wrong end of the score line.
"Thankfully I feel we were stronger in the second half."
The Eagles will take on the Wentworthville Magpies this Sunday at Ringrose Park, Wentworthville.