The Penrith Panthers have capped off a brilliant regular season campaign by securing a top four spot with a dominant 22-6 victory over the New Zealand Warriors.
The win also means that the Warriors miss out on a top eight spot, with the Broncos finishing eighth due to a superior for and against to that of the Warriors.
Matt Moylan and Jamie Soward did the majority of the damage for the home side, who kicked out to an early lead thanks to a James Segeyaro try in the sixth minute. The lead was extended ten minutes later when Dallin Watene Zelezniak scored out wide.
The Panthers went into the break with a well deserved 16-0 lead after a further try to Matt Moylan just before the halftime whistle.
Knowing their season was on the line in the second half, most expected the Warriors to produce something special, and in the 42nd minute when winger Manu Vatuvei went 95 metres from a Jamie Soward kick to post the Warriors first points. Johnson added the two, which unfortunately for fans across the Tasman was the end of their scoring for the night, and season.
The second half continued to be a graft for both sides, until Jamie Soward iced the game with a 63rd minute penalty goal thanks to a ridiculous tackle from Ben Matulino.
DWZ wrapped up the game for the Panthers in the 73rd minute with a beautifully worked try after a kick from LU Man of The Match Matt Moylan.
The Panthers will travel to Allianz next weekend to face the table-topping Roosters, while for the Warriors, it's time to plan their Mad Monday celebrations. Although judging by their performance tonight, they may have had plans already.