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A strong wind and plenty of sunshine made an afternoon in Penrith very pleasant for the Warriors, who beat the Panthers 38-24
With the wind at their back in the first half, the Warriors started out firing, only to not be able to turn the attack into points. Penrith managed to score two easy, unanswered tries. The NZ Warriors, seeming to want to spin the ball wide at every oppportunity, bombed certain points. The Penrith Panthers went into the break leading 14-10.
Daniel Anderson must've tore strips off his team, as the Warriors came out firing in the second, steaming ahead on the scoreboard, after only 6 minutes into the half, with Stacey Jones(pictured with the 1st try of the half) leading from the front
Penrith did not give up, and some very entertaining footy was to be seen.
The Warriors finally too strong, winning by 14 points. Stand out players were Jones and Swann, who scored two tries, for the Warriors, and Gower for Penrith.
2:30PM, Sunday 04 August 2002 Penrith Football Stadium Referee: S Clark
Panthers 24 - Warriors 38
Penrith Panthers (Tries: Whatuira, Rooney, Lewis, Gower, Puleatua. Goals: Girdler 2/5)
NZ Warriors (Tries: Lauiti?ti, Seuseu, Jones, Toopi, Swann x2, Carlaw. Goals: Cleary 5/7)