In a result that shouldn't have happened, the second placed Southern Districts were ambushed by the previously winless Western Sydney Two Blues on Saturday at home losing 24-25.
Two loses in a row have dropped the Rebels into third on the Shute Shield ladder and leaves this weekend's game against similar placed Warringah at Rat Park a test of where their season is heading.
In a game that never really got going through unforced errors on both sides, it was ultimately a missed knock-on by an unsighted referee that led to a length of the field runaway try and the one point victory to the visitors.
Southern looked to have the strike power after several good runs by Faleula Finau but the weight of penalties and yellow cards to two opposing forwards kept them short of the line.
A Blues penalty goal after 13 minutes left it 3-3 but an opportunist run by Souths scrum half DeWet Roos led to nought and the Souths defence cracked on half-time going into the sheds behind on the scoreboard.
A good try out wide to winger Cooper Harris early in the second half and converted from the sideline by Christian Kagiassis had the Ladies Day crowd expecting them to go on with it but the mistakes kept coming.
The home side didn't stop trying in attack but the runaway try broke their spirit and they fell just short.