16 Jun 2014

Panthers stay top of NRL

11:28 am on 16 June 2014

Penrith have retained top spot in the National Rugby League with an 18-14 win over St George Illawarra.

The Panthers held off a fast-finishing Dragons to secure their fifth successive win and keep their mantle as surprise competition leaders.

Coach Ivan Cleary praised the tenacity of his side but stressed they had plenty to do in the run home to the finals.

The Dragons have won five games this year but caretaker coach Paul McGregor says the latest match was their best performance of the season.