Saturday 14th May at AMI Stadium (Christchurch)
Penrith 30 – Tries: Peachey (3), Soward (1), Watene-Zelezniak (1); Goals: Soward (5) | New Zealand Warriors 18
Although this was a home game that the Panthers had bought across to New Zealand, it was the Warriors that hit the scoreboard first with a converted try.
The Panthers soon struck back through a rather fortunate set of events, with the Warriors being driven back in to the in goal, and through desperation tried to offload the football in heavy traffic with the loose ball in the in goal being first grounded by Jamie Soward who claimed a try. His conversion tied it up at 6-all.
Penrith soon hit the lead with a penalty conversion making it 8-6, and two minutes later this lead was further extended when Tyrone Peachey weaved through a small gap close to the line to stroll over untouched.
At 14-6, the Warriors scored the next two tries to take an 18-14 lead into half time.
Midway through the second half, the Panthers locked it up with a second try to Peachey, with Soward’s conversion seeing them regain the lead.
With 10 minutes remaining, a one handed cut out off load from James Fisher-Harris was fired to Dallin Watene-Zelezniak who managed to evade the Warriors sliding defence to ground the ball just inside the in goal area in the corner.
With four minutes remaining, the Panthers seemingly put the match out of reach for the Warriors when Isaah Yeo busted the line 30 metres out, who then offloaded to Josh Mansour who then found an unmarked Peachey on the wing who completed a hat trick of tries.