Saturday 8th September at ANZ Stadium
Penrith 27 – Tries: Peachey (2), Crichton (1), Maloney (1); Goals: Cleary (5); Field goals: Maloney (1) | New Zealand Warriors 12
A dangerous tackle penalty in the opening minutes gave the sixth placed Panthers an early 2-0 lead against the seventh placed Warriors.
However, the Warriors would score the first two tries to hold a 12-2 lead within 15 minutes.
Off the back of a James Maloney 40-20, Penrith were able to get into prime field position, and Nathan Cleary put through a perfectly threaded kick into the in goal and was grounded by Tyrone Peachey. Cleary’s conversion reduced the Warriors lead to 12-8.
The Panthers would go back to back when a Dallin Watene-Zelezniak line break found Maloney backing up on the inside and crossed under the uprights. In a matter of minutes, Penrith had turned a 10 point deficit into a 2 point lead.
Penrith further increased their lead to 18-12 when Peachey crossed for his second in the corner after 27 minutes, and would remain as the half time score.
Ten minutes into the second half, Penrith were the first to score when they took advantage of the numbers on the right edge and Christian Crichton planted the ball in the corner. Cleary’s sideline conversion pushed the lead out to 12.
Just before the 60 minute mark, a Maloney field goal pushed it out to a 13 point advantage.
The only other points after this came from a penalty conversion to Cleary when a Warriors field goal failed to go the required 10 metres.
The Panthers 15 point victory was the third straight elimination final win and once again earnt them a passage to a week 2 semi finals match.