Warriors snap Panthers winning streak

The New Zealand Warriors continued a great run of form at home with an entertaining 30-20 victory over a gallant Penrith Panthers side at Mt Smart Stadium on Sunday.

The first half could've been split into two quarters with the Warriors fast out of the blocks scoring the first two tries within the first 11 minutes. Firstly, Konrad Hurrell got over the chalk, bringing Jamal Idris and Josh Mansour over with him before Penrith had even had possession of the ball. The Kiwis were in again with Vatuvei running and scoring in the corner off a great left side attack that included Townsend and Tomkins. Johnson slotted 2 sideline conversions and within a blink of an eye the home side led 12-0.

During the next 20 minutes of the match, momentum swung in favour of the Panthers with a run of their own. Soward with a great individual effort after a string of passes saw him score under the black dot and bring the score back to 12-6. Mansour got a 4 pointer of his own to bring the score level and when Moylan scored off an inch perfect Peter Wallace grubber through the Warriors line the Panthers had a shock 16-12 lead heading into the sheds.

The second half started off with the Warriors coming out the strongest and they drew back level through a try to their captain Simon Mannering who barged over through some soft Penrith defence. A bizarre try drew the Warriors ahead when Moylan cleaned up a Johnson grubber in the in goal and inexplicably threw a pass intended for Mansour and Konrad Hurrell didn't need another invitation as he grounded the ball just inside the dead ball line.

Segeyaro got the away side back into it when Matt Moylan strolled through a gap in a broken Warrior defence and scampered away to offload to Segeyaro who ran 30 metres to score. The game was iced soon after when Johnson intercepted a Segeyaro pass to scoot away under the posts. The game petered out towards its inevitable conclusion when with 30 seconds left a grubber from Tomkins was met with Wallace holding his opponent back in a blatant professional foul and 10 minutes in the bin.

The Warriors extended a great run of form which has seen them win 6 of their last 8 games while Penrith remain at the right end of the table despite the loss which was their first defeat since April 27. Looking ahead, the Warriors will benefit from their second bye in Round 17 while Penrith will take on the Wests Tigers without Robbie Farah and Aaron Woods at Leichhardt next Sunday.


Match Details
New Zealand Warriors 30 Penrith Panthers 20
Venue: Mt Smart Stadium
Crowd: 12801
Halftime Score: New Zealand Warriors 12 Penrith Panthers 16

LeagueUnlimited.com Players of the Match:
3 points - Sam Tomkins
2 points - Peter Wallace
1 point - Shaun Johnson

NEW ZEALAND WARRIORS (30)
Tries: Konrad Hurrell (2), Shaun Johnson, Manu Vatuvei, Simon Mannering
Conversions: Shaun Johnson (5/5)
Penalty Goals: Shaun Johnson (0/1)

PENRITH PANTHERS (20)
Tries: Jamie Soward, Josh Mansour, Matt Moylan, James Segeyaro
Conversions: Jamie Soward (2/2), Matt Moylan (0/1), Peter Wallace (0/1)


LeagueUnlimited.com Live Commentary

Almost time for kick off at Mt Smart Stadium this afternoon. The 11th placed New Zealand Warriors will take on the 2nd placed Penrith Panthers, and we tip it will be a close one.

The Warriors are as named, 1-17. For the Panthers, Jamal Idris will play, with Kevin Naqaima the man left out. Tryone Peachey will also start at lock, with Adam Docker falling back to the bench.

We are underway in New Zealand.

1: Penalty Warriors. Panthers penalized for a hand in the play the ball.

3: TRY NEW ZEALAND WARRIORS
Scored by Konrad Hurrell. Kick to come.

Is it possible to stop Koni Hurrell? Warriors run it on the last with the play going through the hands of Johnson and Tomkins and Hurrell finds the line running over the top of Idris and Mansour in the process.

4: SUCCESSFUL CONVERSION NEW ZEALAND WARRIORS
Conversion attempt by Shaun Johnson successful.

Great conversion from Johnson. He slots it from the sideline. Warriors out to a quick 6-0 lead.

5: Townsend's kick is just a bit too deep and Moylan is relieved. Panthers 20m restart.

6: Penalty Panthers. Warriors now with the hands in the play the ball.

7: Warriors have it back on their line with the Panthers running it on the last and nothing coming of it.

8: Peachey just stripped Lillyman 1 on 1 after Lillyman sliced through the Warriors defence line.

9: Elijah Taylor kicks the ball into the in goal with Segeyaro getting there first, but he is offside.

10: Townsend's kick is too deep and Idris can take it safely in his in-goal. 20m restart for the Panthers.

12: Wallace chips it forward for Whare and Vatuvei gets there first, but the play has been stopped with Whare penalized for a push on Manu.

12: Six again for the Kiwis with Mansour knocking on a loose Warrior pass.

14: TRY NEW ZEALAND WARRIORS
Scored by Manu Vatuvei. Kick to come.

Vatuvei is in the corner after a great short side play that included Townsend, Mannering and Tomkins once again delivering the final pass for Vatuvei to scoot away into the corner.

15: SUCCESSFUL CONVERSION NEW ZEALAND WARRIORS
Conversion attempt by Shaun Johnson successful.

Johnson once again converts expertly from the sideline.

16: Johnson bombs high for Mansour to take safely.

17: Wallace goes to the sky with Tomkins taking it well under pressure.

17: Penalty Warriors late in the count. Sika Manu penalized for holding down.

18: Bukuya gets over the line, but he looks to be held up. Video referee assistance needed.

18: Tomkins grubbers into the corner looking for Vatuvei but the ball just rolls away from Manu.

19: Penalty Panthers. Mansour is tackled and held is called with Hurrell going in late.

20: Panthers go wide with Segeyaro giving to Wallace then Whare to Yeo who is taken over the sideline by Vatuvei.

21: Johnson chips down into the corner with Moylan to bring back.

22: Wallace goes long with the ball taken on the full by Tomkins.

23: Forward pass here with Mannering to Nielsen judged to have drifted forward. Good attacking opportunity here for the Panthers.

25: Enterprising set there for the Panthers with Segeyaro's grubber from dummy half cleaned up by Johnson and he runs over the dead ball line. Drop out.

26: Possible try here for Jamie Soward. We're going upstairs.

26: TRY PENRITH PANTHERS
Scored by Jamie Soward. Kick to come.

Soward goes in for the Panthers after several passes in front of the big sticks. Peachey's offload finds Soward who reaches out to plant the ball on the chalk.

26: SUCCESSFUL CONVERSION PENRITH PANTHERS
Conversion attempt by Jamie Soward successful.

Soward converts simply from in front of the sticks.

28: Penalty on the last! Warriors penalized for holding down Segeyaro.

30: TRY PENRITH PANTHERS
Scored by Josh Mansour. Kick to come.

Mansour is over in the corner with a spread of the ball. Idris with the assist.

31: SUCCESSFUL CONVERSION PENRITH PANTHERS
Conversion attempt by Jamie Soward successful.

Soward joins the party with hitting a sideline conversion sweetly. We're tied up at Mt.Smart.

33: Soward grubbers one down into the corner with Fusitua missing the ball and then being tackled in goal. Another chance for points here for Penrith.

34: Penalty Panthers. Warriors tackling a Panther without the ball. Taylor tackled by Friend without the ball.

35: Soward decides to run it on the last and he's tackled.

36: Soward has stayed down after a Mannering tackle.

37: Soward's back up and it's play on with the Warriors to work it away from their own line.

38: Warriors spread the ball with Hurrell's pass going forward.

38: TRY PENRITH PANTHERS
Scored by Matt Moylan. Kick to come.

A simple try there for the Panthers with Wallace's grubber through the Warriors line read by Moylan who regathers and slams the ball down.

39: UNSUCCESSFUL CONVERSION PENRITH PANTHERS
Conversion attempt by Matt Moylan unsuccessful.

Moylan's first attempt of the day filling in for Soward drifts left of the target.

40: HALF TIME at Mt.Smart Stadium with a story of two halves in the first half! All Warriors points and possession coming in the first 20 minutes while the Panthers got their weight of possession and points in the second 20 minutes of that half. Penrith go to the sheds with a try lead, but it is still anyone's game.

40: We are back underway in New Zealand.

40: Wallace kicks down for Fusitua to bring back.

40: Johnson kicks high for Moylan who takes safely.

43: Penalty Warriors. Panthers inside the 10.

45: Johnson chips back in field for Whare to ground it in goal.

46: TRY NEW ZEALAND WARRIORS
Scored by Simon Mannering. Kick to come.

Mannering goes in for a 4 pointer. Very soft defence there from the Panthers. A try for the captain.

48: SUCCESSFUL CONVERSION NEW ZEALAND WARRIORS
Conversion attempt by Shaun Johnson successful.

Johnson stays perfect with the boot. He goes to 3/3 for the day and the Warriors hit the front.

51: Both teams trading completed sets now.

52: Johnson makes a mini break and the Warriors are now in an attacking position.

53: Hurrell knocks on in the tackle.

54: Moylan tries to tip a pass on for a teammate and he knocks it forward.

55: Penalty Warriors. A strip on Mannering. Attacking opportunity here for the Kiwis.

56: Johnson runs it on the last with Tomkins kicking for himself but Moylan cleans it up.

58: Johnson's grubber is once again fielded by Moylan. He's been good today.

59: Penalty now for the Warriors. Vatuvei is interfered with in the play the ball.

61: Possible try here for Hurrell. Moylan grabs a Johnson grubber in goal and inexplicably passes to no one.

59: TRY NEW ZEALAND WARRIORS
Scored by Konrad Hurrell. Kick to come.

Koni Hurrell has his 2nd of the day as he grounds the ball just inside the dead ball line when Moylan passed the ball to no one in trying to get out of his own in goal.

62: SUCCESSFUL CONVERSION NEW ZEALAND WARRIORS
Conversion attempt by Shaun Johnson successful.

Johnson converts expertly just in from touch. He goes to 4/4 for the day.

66: TRY PENRITH PANTHERS
Scored by James Segeyaro. Kick to come.

Segeyaro is in for Penrith. Moylan makes a half break and offloads for Segeyaro to scoot away and score.

66: UNSUCCESSFUL CONVERSION PENRITH PANTHERS
Conversion attempt by Peter Wallace unsuccessful.

Wallace misses his 1st attempt of the night. Missed goal kicks hurting the Panthers.

68: Penalty Warriors in their own end. Panthers inside the 10.

69: Johnson kicks high to the corner with the bat back by Manu finding only Wallace.

71: Penalty Panthers. Hurrell penalized for holding down.

72: TRY NEW ZEALAND WARRIORS
Scored by Shaun Johnson. Kick to come.

Johnson intercepts a Segeyaro pass and runs 50m to score under the posts. That might just seal the game for the Warriors.

74: SUCCESSFUL CONVERSION NEW ZEALAND WARRIORS
Conversion attempt by Shaun Johnson successful.

Johnson remains perfect with the boot. Warriors out to a 10 point lead with 5 minutes to go.

74: Moylan's kick off goes into touch on the full. Warriors penalty on the halfway line.

75: Johnson hasn't found touch with his kick. Panthers have the ball back.

75: Wallace's pass drifts forward and that might just be it for Penrith.

75: Wallace's pass drifts forward and that might just be it for Penrith.

76: Mateo's offload is intercepted by Brent Kite. They have to get 80m down field.

77: Panthers are being their own worst enemy at the moment with another forward pass called up and that will be their last chance.

78: Warriors penalty now with a strip on Gubb.

79: SIN BIN
Peter Wallace is sent to the sin bin.

Wallace is sent to the bin with only a few seconds left on the clock for a professional foul on Tomkins who he tackled after he kicked the football.

80: UNSUCCESSFUL PENALTY GOAL NEW ZEALAND WARRIORS
Penalty goal attempt by Shaun Johnson unsuccessful.

Johnson misses his penalty goal attempt, but it does not matter.

80: The New Zealand Warriors get over the top of the Penrith Panthers by 30 points to 20 here at Mt.Smart Stadium this afternoon.

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