At a drenched Victoria Park on Saturday, Sea Eagles and Panthers battled to a hard-fought 16-all draw.
The Sea Eagles looked a much improved side in the domestic competition and despite a jittery start in the opening spell, they put on a hearty performance in the second spell to take the lead.
The Panthers were the first to score and led 10-6 at the break, but were unable to carry on the momentum in the opening quarter of the second spell.
Slippery conditions marred the chances both teams created, as poor handling resulted in loss of possession at crucial moments of the match.
The Sea Eagles, who fielded their Papua New Guinea imports, were much better in the second half and scored consecutive tries to take the lead, 16-10.
However a scrappy defensive effort from the visitors allowed Naqitawa to score the crucial try for the home side to tie the match 16-all.
In the other premier clash, Arorangi Bears and Titikaveka Bulldogs played to a 24-all draw.
Competition points table leaders Avatiu Nikao Eels recorded a default win over TKV Warriors on Friday.
In the U19 match, Sea Eagles defeated Bears 24-14 while Bears overcame Bulldogs in the reserve grade match.
Eels defeated Panthers 46-32 in the premier reserve match at Victoria Park.