WINS | [2018] Round 17: Penrith 36 New Zealand Warriors 4

Friday 6th July at Panthers Stadium

Penrith 36 – Tries: Luai (2), Blake (1), Harawira-Neara (1), Kikau (1), Phillips (1); Goals: Luai (6) | New Zealand Warriors 4

More: themightypanthers.com/match1220.htm

Whilst the Warriors had the better field position, as well as being denied opportunities through refereeing decisions in the first 20 minutes, the Panthers opened the scoring when rookie halfback Jarome Luai toed through a perfectly timed and angled grubber to find Tyrone Phillips in the corner after 25 minutes.

Minutes later, Luai crossed for his first NRL try when he split the line 10 metres out. Luai converted his own try to have the home team hold a 10-0 lead.

A penalty conversion with five minutes remaining saw Penrith hold a 12-0 lead at half time.

It was extended to 18-0 after 53 minutes when Waqa Blake finished an 80 metre ball movement started by Viliame Kikau, when he took a run around type pass from Phillips.

Six minutes later it was 24-0 when the Panthers ran it on the last and Kikau ran off a Tyrone May offload only metres out to canter over the line untouched.

Luai scored his second for the evening with a 25 metre individual effort where he jinked and sidestepped his way through the Warriors feeble defence. He converted to make it 30-0

The tries kept coming with Penrith’s sixth coming shortly when Corey Harwira-Neara hit a hole from close range from a Dallin Watene-Zelezniak pass. Luai’s sixth conversion made it 36-0.

The home team were denied a shut out when the Warriors finally scored their one and only try with only minutes remaining.

In only Luai’s second NRL game, whom was deputising for Nathan Cleary who was unavailable due to New South Wales selection, he had bagged a 22 point haul from 2 tries and 6 goals.

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