Friday 5th June at Campbelltown Stadium
Penrith 26 – Tries: Burton (2), Burns (1), Luai (1), Mansour (1); Goals: Crichton (3) | New Zealand Warriors 0
The Panthers opened the scoring when Matt Burton picked up a spilled bomb at close range, and survived the scrutiny of the bunker when it was ruled that Stephen Crichton had not knocked it forward in the contest. Stephen Crichton converted the extras to make it a 6-0 lead.
Minutes later Burton had a double when a kick ricocheted off his legs and scooped up the ball on the bounce, sprinting 40 metres untouched to cross in the corner.
With four minutes remaining in the half, an individual effort from Jarome Luai where he grubbered behind the line and won the race for the ball in the in goal. Crichton’s conversion made it 16-0 at half time.
Soon after the resumption, the lead was further extended when a Viliame Kikau flick pass found Crichton and drawing the two on one found an unmarked Josh Mansour on the wing and planted it down in the corner.
With 16 minutes remaining, Billy Burns ran the right angle off a Burton pass to slice through the defensive line and cross adjacent to the left uprights.
At 26-0, the Warriors had a try disallowed upon review from the bunker with just under 10 minutes remaining and were not able to trouble the scoreboard as the Panthers completed a five tries to nil shut out.