Greater Western Victoria Rebels could not emulate the comeback heroics of their previous match, going down by 47 points to Dandenong Stingrays in TAC Cup competition on Sunday.
Late goals from the third-placed Stingrays hurt the Rebels on their home turf in what was an otherwise competitive first half.
Between the 20 and 25 minute mark of the first two quarters, the Stingrays kicked five goals without a reply.
“I thought we arm-wrestled very well early in the third quarter… but when we got the ball forward we just couldn’t score,” Rebels coach Gerard FitzGerald said.
The Rebels went inside 50 two more times than the visitors but could not capitalise, while the Stingrays were damaging on the rebound.
Rebels player Elliott Lamb suffered a corked thigh late in the game and did not play the final quarter.
FitzGerald said the players would continue to work hard in each quarter in the final two games this season.