Saturday 18th May at Centrebet Stadium
Penrith 62 – Tries: John (3), Brown (2), Kingston (1), M Robinson (1), T Robinson (1), Segeyaro (1), Simmons (1); Goals: Walsh (11) | NZ Warriors 6
The Panthers posted the first points in the 14th minute when Isaac John ran the ball at the line and stepped his way through feeble defence to crash over.
Less than five minutes later, winger Travis Robison scored in the far left corner to push it out to 12-0.
14 minutes in the final 10 minutes of the half, through tries to Lewis Brown and a second to John, as well as a penalty conversion to Luke Walsh saw Penrith hold a 26-0 lead at half time.
Seven minutes after the restart, James Segeyaro burrowed his way over from dummy half on the fifth tackle to plant it directly under the crossbar and to make it 32-0.
Minutes later, second rower Matt Robison ran the correct angle off a John pass to split the Warriors line and score
At 62 minutes, David Simmons fell on a Walsh cross field kick, with the conversion making it 44-0.
With Walsh’s ninth conversion to Lewis Brown’s second try, courtesy of the Warriors unable to clean up a low kick, the Panthers hit the half century.
The “pink” Panthers luck was none better demonstrated with their ninth try in the 68th minute, when a Matt Moylan picked up a Luke Lewis midfield chip kick, who then himself kicked ahead to the try line – the ball bounced high near the line and when it landed, the Warriors knocked it forward in the in goal and in the scramble Kevin Kingston grounded it to make it 54-0, with Walsh equalling the club record with his 10th conversion.
Another lucky bounce, this time from an infield kick from Simmons found John who took the bounce at the right time and split the Warriors line to cross for his hat trick.
Walsh’s 11th conversion from 11 attempts set a new club record for most goals in a match, and at 62-0 the Panthers had set a new mark for their biggest ever lead held in a match, eclipsing the 60 set in their 72-12 win over Manly in 2004. Unfortunately it would not translate to their biggest ever win, with a late Warriors try clipping it back to a 56 point margin.
But when the full time siren sounded, the Panthers had recorded their second ever biggest win.