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Determined Panthers effort secures victory in Auckland

The Panthers Jersey Flegg side showed determination to overcome a persistent New Zealand Warriors outfit 20-14 at Mt Smart Stadium on Saturday.

After rushing out to a 12-0 lead, the Panthers found themselves 14-12 behind in the second half, but late tries to Alex Myles and Stephen Crichton got Penrith over the line.

Daine Laurie opened the scoring for the Panthers in the 15th minute when he took it to the line and showed impressive strength to cross the stripe.

Stephen Crichton dashed 85 metres for the Panthers next try, scooping up a Warriors kick and exploiting a gap on the left wing. His conversion made it 12-0 after 21 minutes.

However, the boot of Paul Turner inspired a fightback by the Warriors before halftime.

The five-eighth’s grubber set up Emanuel Tuimavave-Gerrard in the 27th minute, before he scored off his own deflected kick shortly before the break.


The Warriors completed their comeback in the 47th minute, again from a kick by Paul Turner, whose cross-field bomb was plucked out of the air by winger Edward Kosi.

Their lead was short-lived however. Five minutes later, Brendan Hands’ inside ball unleashed Laurie, and the diminutive fullback found Myles on his inside, bumping the Panthers into a 16-14 lead.

Panthers winger Matthew Faauila saved a certain try with nine minutes remaining by reeling in a runaway Kosi.

The Panthers were rewarded for their desperation in defence, as Stephen Crichton latched onto Matt Burton’s cut-out pass to slice through with two minutes remaining.

The Warriors regained possession from the kick-off, but the Panthers defended their way through those nervy last few moments to seal the win.


Acknowledgement of Country

Penrith Panthers players and staff respect and honour the traditional custodians of the land and pay our respects to their elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.