NRL: Rabbitohs silence Panthers 38-12

Missing three of their most powerful weapons, the Penrith Panthers collapsed to a 38-12 loss against a classy South Sydney Rabbitohs side at ANZ Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

With lock Luke Lewis, centre Michael Jennings and prop Tim Grant sidelined due to State of Origin duties, the Panthers struggled to find a lethal spark as they were outmuscled in the six-tries-to-two defeat.

Despite playmaker Luke Walsh also absent due to injury, the Panthers produced a courageous first half effort and trailed just 14-12 at the break but a sizzling second half display by the Rabbitohs sealed the home side's victory.

South Sydney were first to score when halfback Adam Reynolds sent second rower David Taylor flying through a gap in the Panthers' defence to collect a try in the 17th minute.

Reynolds converted and the Rabbitohs led 6-0.

The hosts extended their lead with a 60-metre team try that ended when fullback Nathan Merritt raced over the line in the 22nd minute.

Another Reynolds conversion gave the Rabbitohs a 12-0 lead.

Penrith hit back when second rower Clint Newton produced a rampant run and lunged an arm over the line in the 30th minute.

Coote converted and reduced the Panthers' deficit to 12-6- but it wasn't before five-eighth Blake Austin's game ended with a shoulder injury suffered in the lead-up to Newton's try.

Chasing a brilliant Travis Burns cross-field kick, Coote sprung into the air and tapped the ball forward before regathering and grounding it for a sensational try in the 37th minute.

The gutsy fullback converted his own effort and leveled the scores at 12-all but a Reynolds penalty goal on the halftime siren gave the Rabbitohs a 14-12 advantage at the break.

A committed yet error-plagued second half performance by the Panthers prevented them from scoring any points as South Sydney ran riot to secure their win through tries to Andrew Everingham in the 57th minute, Nathan Peats in the 64th and 70th minute and Merritt in the 78th minute.

After four consecutive losses, the Panthers receive a bye next weekend before returning to the field against the Wests Tigers at Campbelltown Sports Stadium on Saturday July 14. Kick off is 7.30pm.

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