Rabbitohs edge out as Panthers as Bulldogs find their bark
South Sydney Rabbitohs edged out Penrith Panthers to stay with the NRL's pacesetters, while Canterbury Bulldogs earned a timely win on Friday.
In a week that saw general manager Phil Gould depart, the Panthers were looking to kick-start their campaign at home to the high-flying Rabbitohs.
But South Sydney outscored the hosts four tries to three to earn a 22-18 victory that leaves them third in the standings, with six wins from seven games.
Tries from Kyle Turner and Corey Allan had the Bunnies 10-0 head after 24 minutes and only Nathan Cleary's penalty put the Panthers on the board before the break.
James Maloney and Dallin Watene-Zelezniak crossed for the Panthers after the restart, with Cody Walker and Dane Gagai responding on each occasion for the visitors.
Viliame Kikau powered over late on for the Panthers, but they could not complete the turnaround.
The Bulldogs earned just a second win of the campaign with a 24-12 victory over fellow early season strugglers the North Queensland Cowboys.
Corey Harawira-Naera scored twice for Canterbury, while Jayden Okunbor and Josh Jackson also registered as Rhyse Martin landed all four of his conversions.