Penrith Panthers vs New Zealand Warriors: NRL live scores, blog
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Penrith Vs. Warriors
2012 NRL Premiership Season, 11 June, 2012
|Centrebet Stadium, Penrith, NSW|
|Warriors 30 defeated Penrith 16|
|Referee: S Lyons|
|Touch judges: Ricky McFarlane & Gavin West|
The Penrith Panthers will face a tough ask at home when they play a New Zealand Warriors outfit untroubled by the State of Origin period. Join us for live scores and commentary of Monday Night Football from 5:30pm AEST.
Over the past few weeks, the Panthers have steadily improved their performances under Ivan Cleary, winning two of their past three matches.
Penrith’s recent victories have come against respectable opposition, beating the Dragons 13-12 in golden point before upsetting the Sea Eagles 22-4 two weeks ago.
Despite coming into today’s clash against New Zealand fresh off a bye, Penrith will have to dig deep if they are to upset the Warriors.
The Panthers are missing three players to Origin duty, with Luke Lewis, Michael Jennings and Tim Grant all selected to play for NSW this Wednesday.
The Warriors meanwhile are at full strength and will view this clash as a must win proposition if they are to stay in touch with the top eight.
Without Lewis and Grant, the Panthers may struggle to match New Zealand upfront today.
The Warriors were very strong upfront against Melbourne last week, racing out to a 12 nil lead on the back of the strong yardage produced by forwards Russell Packer and Ben Matulino.
Panthers props Sam Mckendry and Dayne Weston will have to be at their best if Penrith are any hope of gaining the territory they need to post points.
With so much class sitting on the sidelines, It is important for Penrith to keep things simple this afternoon.
The Panthers can ill-afford any ill-discipline against a Warriors side that can pile on the points fairly quickly.
If Penrith can manage to stay composed, they will get their chances to crack a New Zealand defence that has leaked the second most tries of any side in the NRL this season.
Although the Panthers should try hard at home, the Warriors at full strength should simply have too much firepower for Penrith to handle this afternoon.
This really is a must win match for New Zealand so expect the likes of Feleti Mateo, James Maloney and Shaun Johnson to lead the Warriors to a comfortable victory.
Warriors by 12