Saturday 31st May at Penrith Stadium
Penrith 34 – Tries: Campbell (3), Howland (1), Waterhouse (1), Whatuira (1); Goals: Campbell (5) | New Zealand Warriors 12
The visitors led 6-0 after 4 minutes with a converted try.
Just after the midway point of the first half, the Panthers passed the ball to the left after a tap re-start on the 40 metre line, with Trent Waterhouse offloading to an unmarked Preston Campbell, who stepped his way through the defence to touch down under the posts, with his conversion making it 6-all.
Three minutes later, Campbell bagged a double when he loomed up in support to Luke Rooney’s right when he broke a tackle down the left edge, and his conversion making it 12-6, a lead that the home team would hold until half time.
Eight minutes after the resumption, Campbell picked up a pass that went to ground backwards off Shane Rodney deep in their half and busted through the line, finding Paul Whatuira in support who ran around in the in goal to improve the position for the conversion.
A penalty conversion pushed it out to 20-6 soon after, and then two tries in seven minutes – the first to Brett Howland who scored in the right corner, and then Campbell had a hat-trick when he was on spot to clean up a high bomb on the line, picking it up and scrambling over the line, with his conversion making it 30-6.
Whilst the Warriors scored a consolation try with six minutes remaining, Trent Waterhouse ran 25 metres off a Craig Gower offload to score with only 10 seconds remaining to secure a club record eighth straight win.