The Rabbitohs have let a 12-nil first half lead slip to go down 32 points to 14 to the Penrith Panthers at Centrebet Stadium today.


The Panthers led 16-14 at the half time break, and ran away with the game 32-14 after the 80 minutes.


The Rabbitohs opened their account within the first 45 seconds, with co-captain Brad Croad making the most of a lengthy bust by centre Aaron Gray. Dylan Walker converted to take the score line to six-nil.


Four minutes later Gray scored a try of his own in the left corner, reaping the benefits of a blind side play from the back of the scrum about ten metres out from the Panthers' line. Walker converted from the eastern touch line to take the advantage to 12 points after six minutes.


The Panthers struck back immediately, making the most of an error by the Rabbitohs from the kick off. Second rower James Dunley crashed over from close range to score, taking the score line to 12-4.


In a carbon copy of his previous effort, Dunley scored his second try in the 17th minute of play, only this time the try was converted by Bryce Cartwright, taking the scores to 12-10 in favour of South Sydney.


The Panthers took the lead for the first time in the match in the 37th minute when five-eighth Daniel Foster dummied and sliced through the Rabbitohs' defence in the same spot that Dunley had scored his two tries, Cartwright converting to take the scores to 16-12 in favour of the home side.


The Rabbitohs reduced the deficit to two points with a Walker penalty goal after the half time siren due to a high shot on second rower Nick Hedley, taking the half time score line to 16-14 to the Panthers.


The Rabbitohs started the second half in in auspicious circumstances, dropping way too much ball which allowed the Panthers to mount continuous pressure.


The Panthers capitalised, scoring tries in the 58th minute through Kieran Moseley, the 63rd minute through Kieran Moss and the 73rd minute through Iain Riccardi to take themselves out to a 32-14 lead with seven minutes remaining.


The Panthers held out a couple of attacking raids from the Rabbitohs in the closing stages, with the full time score reading 32-14 in favour of the home side.


Penrith Panthers 32 (James Dunley 2, Daniel Foster, Kieran Moseley, Kieran Moss, Iain Riccardi tries; Bryce Cartwright 4 goals)


defeated


South Sydney Rabbitohs 14 (Brad Croad, Aaron Gray tries; Dylan Walker 3 goals)