The St George Illawarra Dragons have lost their second consecutive game at the inaugural Dick Smith NRL Auckland Nines 23-8 to the Panthers at Eden Park on Saturday night.
The Panthers scored four tries to the Dragons two in the final match of the opening day in Auckland.
The Dragons started with promise, Captain Brett Morris opened the scoring in the corner, catching a well-placed cross-field bomb from Michael Witt.
Dragons errors enabled the Panthers hit-back with two late tries just before half-time to George Jennings and Etonia Nabuli to head into half-time with a 10-4 lead.
The Dragons had success again out wide in the opening minutes of the second half however this time it was on the right through Jason Nightingale.
Jennings and Nabuli were again in the action for the Panthers, both crossing for their double to cement the victory for the Panthers 23-8 in the 18-minute match.
Dragons: 8 Tries: Morris, Nightingale
Panthers: 23 Tries: Jennings 2, Nabuli 2 Goals: Soward 2, Moylan
The Dragons next match is at 2:35pm local time tomorrow against the Melbourne Storm.
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