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Bears edged out by Ram raiders.

Oldham Bears 2

Adelaide Rams 18

Oldham must resume their fight for Super League survival after the stubborn Rams blunted their hopes of another World Club championship upset.

Adelaide hooker Steve Stone scored a crucial 50th minute try to put the Rams in a winning position and Jason Donnelly wrapped up victory with a third try ten minutes from time following good work from his fellow winger Wayen Simmons.

Adelaide's defence proved their trump card in a game that kicked off an hour late after the Rams were stuck in a huge traffic jam for nearly three hours following a motorway smash.

Oldham, conquerors of the North Queensland Cowboys last Friday, rarely got into their stride against an Adelaide side determined to put the record straight after their own shock defeat by Leeds.

Bears coach Bob Lindner commented: "I'm not disappointed. The Rams' defence was magnificent and made us work hard for everything."

Papua New Guinea international lose forward Bruce Mamando was a massive influence for Rod Reddy's side with his powerful running and handling.

The Bears best chance fell to Paul Topping in the second half but he spilled the ball with the line at his mercy.

Oldham's committed defence had restricted Adelaide to a four-point interval lead.

The Bears had gone ahead with a fifth-minute penalty from Luke Goodwin.

But the Rams went in front when scrum half Stuart Topper, Mamando and full back Kirk Wrigley made the running to send centre Danny Grimley over.

Bears prop Brett Goldspink was inches short in a rare Oldham threat before Memando charged through a big gap only to drop the ball over the line in the force of a tackel from Oldham full back Paul Atcheson.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Author:Richards, Martin
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jul 26, 1997
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