Great atmosphere at North Power Stadium in Gosford however the home team couldn't quite secure the win, going down to the Panthers by 28 - 12
A very even game with both sides willing to spread the ball. Souths on occasion looked very dangerous, only to have unforced errors let them down at the end.
Penrith, at times, were in the same boat, but managed to hold onto the ball, and look good on attack.
Death and Geddes, and Stringer had very good games for Souths. Mr reliability Gower, Pridis and Lewis tried hard all night for Penrith.
5:30PM, Saturday 24 August 2002 North Power Stadium. Crowd: approx 10,500 Referee: S Richards
Rabbitohs 12 - Panthers 28
South Sydney Rabbitohs (Tries: Hinson, Clarke. Goals: Craigie 2/3)
Penrith Panthers (Tries: Girdler, Wesser, Roarty x2, Gower. Goals: Girdler 4/5)