The Penrith Panthers have run out winners over the New Zealand Warriors tonight 62-6 at Centrebet Stadium in front of a solid crowd in cold conditions.
The Warriors were never really in the game and the high score line was a very good indication of their terrible discipline and ball handling skills. Penrith on the other hand were excellent and just about everything they touched turned to gold.
The first try of the game came after 16 minutes through a great individual by ex-Warrior Isaac John as he skipped through a number of defenders and extended the arm to put it down for an early 4 pointer. Luke Walsh successfully kicked the diversion and the Panthers were able to get off to an early lead.
Travis Robinson was able to cross over the line only 5 minutes later after the ball went from Isaac John and through the hands of Matt Moylan. Robinson made it to the tryline untouched and Luke Walsh was able to kick the conversion from the sideline flawlessly, taking the Panthers to a two converted try lead.
The Panthers were able to extend the lead further after Lewis Brown took a great opportunity down the blind side to crash over the line. Walsh continued his excellent kicking for the night to take the Panthers out to 3 converted tries in front. A penalty 4 minutes from half time put the Panthers a further two points in front after Walsh slotted yet another goal.
In the dying seconds of the first half, Isaac John was able to cross the line for his second of the night, after a line break from Lewis Brown saw John receive the ball in support to put the ball down to the left of the posts. Luke Walsh continued to rack up the points easily slotting the conversion attempt.
9 minutes after the half time break, James Segeyaro pushed himself over the line from dummy half after some great lead up play from Mose Masoe. Luke Walsh converted the try to effectively end the night for the Warriors.
Just 2 minutes later, in the 51st minute, Isaac John took the ball to the left and threw a pass to Matt Robinson who was steaming through the line and met no resistance on his way to put the ball down for yet another try. Walsh continued his perfect night easily converting.
It was almost 15 minutes before the Panthers were able to crack the Warriors again, with Luke Walsh continuing his fine form on the night to chip over the top of the defensive line for David Simmons to score close to the sideline. The conversion was made successfully.
By this time, the Panthers were destroying the Warriors with every touch of the ball, and when Lewis Brown crossed for his second of the evening, it was no different. Brown chipped the ball over the top of defenders only to see the Warriors get to the ball. There was a fumble in the play and Brown cleaned up the ball to sprint the final 10 metres to score to the side of the posts. It was a brilliant individual effort that was accentuated by Walsh converting yet another try for the night.
In the 69th minute, Captain Kingston was able to get on the end of a messy play and plant the ball as it was deemed that Manu Vatuvei couldn't ground the ball in time. Simmons put the final nail in the coffin 7 minutes later with a chip kick over the top of the defensive line which bounced in the wrong direction for the Warriors players and straight into Isaac John for his 3rd try of the night. Walsh converted both tries to turn this game into a write off for the Warriors.
Manu Vatuvei showed his skill and class when he beat several defenders to score his teams only try in the 78th minute. Ben Henry kicked the conversion to help put the Warriors on the score board for the night but by that time it was all over.
The Warriors turn pink themselves next Sunday when they play at home against the Knights, while the Panthers will take on the Dragons at Kogarah on Saturday evening.