The South Sydney Rabbitohs Canterbury Cup side have conceded their second loss of the season in their Round 7 clash against the Penrith Panthers.
Late tries to hooker and captain Billy Brittain, Dean Britt and Mawene Hiroti were not enough as the Panthers took advantage of a 12-nil halftime advantage to win 20-18.
The Rabbitohs were bolstered by the return of forward Dean Britt, replacing injured front rower Rhys Kennedy to make his start in the no.10 jersey, while the rest of the side from their previous week's win over the Bulldogs remained intact.
But it was the Panthers who struck first, with winger Brian Too crossing over in the 25th minute after an early arm wrestle. With fullback Dylan Edwards converting, their opponents held a 6-nil lead early on.
With either side unable to capitalise upon opportunities throughout the next ten minutes, the home side suddenly struck a late blow with second rower William Burns scoring with just minutes remaining in the first half. With the conversion, the Panthers took a 12-nil lead going into the break.
And that try proved to be worthy for Penrith's momentum, as Burns bagged his double after just four minutes of the second stanza.
After being starved of scoring opportunities all game, the Red and Green came to life with Brittain scoring his side's first try of the match in the 62nd minute. With winger Mawene Hiroti converting the goal, the Rabbitohs were back in it.
But just minutes later it was Burns who picked up his hat-trick to put the Panthers up fourteen points ahead with just over ten minutes to go.
However, the Rabbitohs refused to give up, with the side showing plenty of intent as Britt and Hiroti both scored tries in the last five minutes. Unfortunately, it was to no avail, as the Panthers held on to record a 20-18 victory.
Penrith Panthers 20 (William Burns 3, Brian Too tries; Dylan Edwards 2 goals)
South Sydney Rabbitohs 18 (Billy Brittain, Dean Britt, Mawene Hiroti tries; Mawene Hiroti 3 goals)