HEAD TO HEAD | Adelaide Rams

4 matches [1997-1998]

1 win, 3 losses

Stats: themightypanthers.com/results_headtohead_adelaide.htm

The Adelaide Rams were formed in 1995 as one of two new teams to participate in the breakaway Super League competition.

After a court enforced delay to the competition for the 1996 season, the Rams finally got on to the field in 1997. 

Their first meeting with the Panthers was at Penrith Stadium in April. Penrith led 14-2 at half time, however, the visitors rallied in the second half to over run the hosts, with a try seven minutes from full time securing a 22-16 win.

Later in the season, the Rams hosted the Panthers at Adelaide Oval. Adelaide led 30-4 after 52 minutes, and two consolation tries to Penrith did little and went down 36-16.

Upon the reunification of the two competitions in 1998 to create the National Rugby League, Adelaide survived the cut to be one of the 20 teams.

The Rams came to Penrith in early April, and the Panthers piled on the points, running past five first half tries to lead 30-2 at the break. This was extended further to 54-2 before two late consolation tries to the Rams ended in a 54-12 victory to Penrith – at the time, it was Penrith’s biggest ever premiership victory by points margin (but would barely last 12 months).

In the return match in Adelaide, the Rams held an 18-12 lead heading into the final 10 minutes, before edging ahead with a field goal. The match would finish with a flurry of tries – four in the last seven minutes, however, Adelaide were credited with three of them and won 35-18.

With a plan for a 14 team competition for the 2000 season, it would as a transition be a 17 team competition for 1999. Two teams would merge, whilst two others were cut – Adelaide were cut alongside the Gold Coast. The Rams had only been in the competition for two seasons.

The NRL has intermittently recognised Adelaide since with the occasional premiership match – the Panthers hosted the first match in the city for eight years with a home match versus Melbourne at Hindmarsh Stadium in April 2006 whilst CUA Stadium was unavailable due to renovations. Since then, a small number of NRL matches have been played in the ‘City of Churches’, as well as State of Origin, and even with expansion talk back on the agenda, the return of a team based in Adelaide is at this stage very unlikely.

Last updated 29 January 2023 

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