Penrith hooker James Segeyaro makes a break against Canberra in Round 20 of the Telstra Premiership.

Segeyaro urges Panthers to stick together

Panthers hooker James Segeyaro says his side must stick together through a tough time after a third-straight loss left them in 13th position on the NRL Telstra Premiership ladder. 

Despite being Penrith's best player in Sunday afternoon's 34-24 loss to Canberra and putting in one of the best individual performances of his season, the dynamic hooker was left gutted after the game.

"Really disappointed, the game was in the balance there it could have gone either way but we ended up shooting ourselves in the foot," Segeyaro said. 

"We didn't capitalise on the opportunities we had so we've got to stick together through these times, come back next week and do it again."

The 24-year-old showed his array of skills to conjure up a brilliant try in the 25th minute.

Picking the ball up out of dummy half from within his own end, he spotted a lazy marker and immediately made the Raiders pay.

After gaining good metres and piercing through the defensive line, Segeyaro threw a beautiful offload to Jamie Soward who raced away.

Immediately, the crafty hooker was preparing for the next play, bouncing up off the ground and getting back into position to finish the movement off by once again breaking the line and scoring under the posts.

 

However, such attacking brilliance wasn't enough to get his team over the line in a crucial encounter.

"At the end of the day it's a team effort and we didn't end up winning at the end of the day," he said.

"We've just got to go back and look at the video and got to work harder before next Sunday against Souths. 

"They're a quality team, it's going to be a hard game."

Asked what went wrong for his team, Segeyaro noted an inability to defend the Raiders' fifth-tackle plays, as they let in three tries from passing movements on last tackle.

"We went to sleep a little bit on their fifth tackles. You can't do that in this competition you get found out," he said.

"We didn't have too much opportunity down there the whole game. 

"We sort of just went away from the game plan for a little bit there."