Penrith skipper Luke Lewis says his side won’t drop their heads after their dramatic loss to Cronulla.
Todd Carney‘s late field goal was enough to condemn the Panthers to a heart-breaking 15-14 defeat at Centrebet Stadium.
The home side had fought their way into the lead after trailing at half time to the Sharks, but could not hold on for the victory.
A lapse in concentration cost the Panthers, according to Lewis, who marked the game with his 200th appearance for the club.
“We got ourselves back in the game and scored some good tries,” said Lewis.
“But in this competition you can’t slack off for a second, and I think we did that with the dropped ball from the kick off, and we dropped our heads for a while – I’m not sure why.
“It’s all over now, so we go back to the drawing board and get ready for Monday night against Manly.”
Lewis himself conceded a costly late penalty but the Australian international says there is plenty to take from the performance.
“We all know what we’ve done wrong, and at the end of the day that’s footy. If you don’t learn from what you’ve done this week, you won’t get any better,” added Lewis.
“Ivan always says it’s tough punishment, but the only way you learn is by losing. Hopefully we learn from that and win next week.”