Adelaide made the trip to Victor Harbor for the SANFL’s annual regional match, but it was South Adelaide which claimed a 17-point win in the Round 14 clash.
The Panthers were too strong, winning 12.15 (87) to 10.10 (70).
Tom Lynch, Darcy Fogarty, Jackson Hately, Andrew McPherson and Kieran Strachan were the better performers for the Crows.
Lynch gathered 28 disposals, took seven marks and kicked a goal in his second match back from injury, while Fogarty booted two goals, found 19 disposals and took nine marks.
Crows SANFL coach Mick Godden was pleased Lynch had been able to find some form.
“Lynchy was good up around the ball and he looked dangerous when he was forward – he used the ball well,” Godden said.
“Fog spent some time in the midfield, he looked strong and dangerous today.
“It was an improvement from a team perspective as well, last time we played South (Round 1) we lost by 60 points.
"Today it was 17, and that’s off the back of understanding the game plan better, being more competitive and doing the individual work during the week."
Other major ball winners for the Crows included McPherson (25 touches), Hately (24 disposals, five tackles) and Strachan (34 hit-outs, 21 possessions).
Adelaide battled hard throughout the game and closed the margin to 23 points at the last change, booting four goals while holding South to three.
But the Panthers were able to hold on and secure the victory.
ADELAIDE: 1.2 3.6 7.7 10.10 (70)
SOUTH ADELAIDE: 2.6 7.8 10.12 12.15 (87)
Best: Strachan, Lynch, Fogarty, McPherson, Latchford
Goals: Newchurch 3, Fogarty, Cook 2, Gollant, Lynch, McAdam