Close but not good enough for the Raiders as the Panthers earn another victory.
An improved performance was not enough to the Canberra Raiders the points as they suffered a 26-20 loss to Penrith at Canberra Stadium on Sunday, reports Back Page Lead.
Coming off back-to-back 50-point drubbings, the Raiders made the perfect start to the game, with winger Reece Robinson crossing in their first possession after just 30 seconds.
It did not take long for Penrith to hit back, however, with David Simmons crossing in the fifth minute, before Josh Mansour put the Panthers in front 11 minutes later.
There were some ominous signs for Canberra when Matt Moylan crossed for the Panthers’ third try midway through the half, but Canberra hit back with second try to Robinson and another to Jarrod Croker to ensure the home side led 16-14 at the break.
Penrith took control early in the second half, running in two tries within 10 minutes of the break.
An Anthony Milford try nine minutes from full-time made things interesting at 26-20, but Penrith managed to hold on for the win.