New Zealand Warriors vs Penrith Panthers: NRL live scores, blog, highlights

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    Warriors vs Panthers

    NRL, 14 July, 2017

    Mt Smart Stadium
    Fulltime - Warriors 22, Panthers 34
    Warriors   Panthers
    22 FINAL SCORE 34
    4 TRIES 6
    Referee: Gavin Reynolds
    Touch judges: Nick Beashel & Chris McMillan
    Video Referee: Luke Patten

    It could be one of the most unpredictable games of the season when the New Zealand Warriors meet the Penrith Panthers with a must-win situation presenting itself for both clubs. Join The Roar for live scores and coverage from 6pm (AEST).

    There is simply no telling what may happen in this one. It could be the best game of the season with plenty of points, or it could be the worst with errors, bad defence and poor attacking structures.

    Unfortunately, it’s inconsistency that has been the key word when you think of their respective seasons. Despite that, they both sit just outside the top eight, but a loss here makes things incredibly difficult.

    Sitting on 18 competition points, there are only seven games remaining after this one. With it starting to look more and more like the mark to quality for the finals will be 30 points, a loss leaves the loser needing to win potentially six of their final seven.

    Even for the winner, things won’t be straightforward – five from seven with the noted inconsistency woes is a seriously tough challenge.

    The Panthers season has been disappointing, so say the least. It appeared with the return of Josh Mansour, they had finally turned a corner though, winning a few on the trot and getting themselves inside the top eight for a brief period.

    It didn’t last for long though. Despite the fact they beat Manly last week, it was controversial and their level of play has dropped following a tough loss to the Cowboys and a belting at the hands of the struggling South Sydney Rabbitohs.

    There have been rumours circulating in the days leading up to the game that half Matt Moylan is out, which would be a huge blow for the Panthers.

    In other team news, James Fisher-Harris is back, with Sitaleki Akauola out. The Warriors have also made sweeping changes, with Solomone Kata and Isaac Luke back into the side.

    The Warriors have plenty to play for tonight, with the night being dedicated to the career of Manu Vatuvei. The 226-game veteran has been handed an immediate release to Salford in England, and will not play this game.

    New Zealand, like Penrith have struggled for any consistency in 2017. It’s enough to make any fan want to rip their hair out, with the ridiculously talented spine of Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, Shaun Johnson, Kieran Foran and Isaac Luke struggling to win consistently.

    Leading into the bye last week, the Warriors had beaten the Bulldogs in one of the worst games of the season, before slumping to defeat at the hands of Manly.

    I’ve got no confidence in this and even less now Moylan is potentially out, but I’ll stick to my gut feeling – and that is it’s impossible to tip the Warriors.

    Expect plenty of points in this one.

    Panthers by 6.

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    • Roar Rookie

      Joe said | 8:15pm | ! Report

      Pretty terrible finish by the Warriors. Foran was pretty poor as well and couldn’t steer the team once Johnson was gone. They also lack fitness and run out of puff. RTS has gone backwards since joining the Warriors. No Johnson. Warriors.

    • 7:54pm
      Rob said | 7:54pm | ! Report

      What is wrong with Moylan? I don’t want Cleary running the show at Penrith because NSW will probably work out who they should pick at half back.
      PNG Bronco, I would like you to stop making comments please.

      • 7:59pm
        Stu said | 7:59pm | ! Report

        Too young for Origin, he needs to be put in once NSW win a series.

      • Roar Rookie

        steveng said | 2:57pm | ! Report

        Nathan Cleary is the answer (doesn’t matter how young he is) he’s good enough, he’s a terrific player and it wouldn’t take much to beat the rabble we have there now, you can also add, Angus Crichton from the Rabbits there. Surely these youngsters can be and do better!!!!

    • 7:54pm
      Stu said | 7:54pm | ! Report

      Cleary outstanding.

      Warriors lost all direction once Johnson got injured.

      Warriors forwards cant tackle and slow play the ball down. Panthers ran riot through the middle

    • Roar Guru

      PNG Broncos fan88 said | 7:54pm | ! Report

      Thanks Scott, good luck to your Dragons.
      I reckon their specials tonite, on the back of an angry Paul Vaughn.

      ps: At least toast young Cleary in your round up, he went more than alright tonite…cheers

      • Roar Guru

        Scott Pryde said | 7:57pm | ! Report

        No worries mate! Cheers.

        I’m concerned about the Dragons. Need a big performance tonight, but I’m not convinced they will provide one.

        I’ll see what happens when I come to writing it – he was superb though.

    • Roar Guru

      Scott Pryde said | 7:51pm | ! Report

      Thanks for joining me this evening on The Roar for our live coverage of the 2017 NRL Season as the Penrith Panthers got the better of the New Zealand Warriors.

      Hopefully you enjoyed the call. A full match report will be published on site later.

      Right now, it’s time to switch over for Nick Kelland’s coverage of the Canberra Raiders and St George Illawarra Dragons, with kick-off in about five minutes time.

      I’ll be live from 10pm (AEST) with the two Wimbledon semi-finals as Marin Cilic faces Sam Querrey and Roger Federer faces Tomas Berdych.

      Bye for now.

    • Roar Guru

      Scott Pryde said | 7:48pm | ! Report

      Thoughts on the game Roarers?

      • 7:56pm
        Sylvester said | 7:56pm | ! Report

        As usual, the last 10 min the enemy of the Warriors. It beggars belief they are on the cusp of the finals, but succumb at home to a team also outside the top 8. The joys of being a supporter I guess…

    • Roar Guru

      Scott Pryde said | 7:47pm | ! Report

      Short kick-off, but it’s not going to matter at this point. May cmes down with it, then Edwards works it into the middle of the field. Gillard up to halfway, then Peachey goes from dummy half. Cleary for Fisher Harris and he is tackled 35 out. On the last, it’s Cleary running to Blake who stops, starts, then passes back to Cleary who grubbers over the sideline.

      That’ll do us. Brilliant performance from Nathan Cleary, the Warriors were dreadful at the back end of the second half and you would have to think their season is done and dusted as the Panthers keep the finals flame alive in Auckland.

      New Zealand Warriors 22
      Penrith Panthers 34

    • 7:46pm
      Sylvester said | 7:46pm | ! Report

      Is RTS the worst defensive fullback in the NRL? Genuine question.

      • Roar Guru

        Scott Pryde said | 7:48pm | ! Report

        There was some very ordinary stuff tonight. I can’t think of one off the stop of my head.

        • 7:50pm
          Sylvester said | 7:50pm | ! Report

          I’ve seen him miss a lot of tackles that say Billy Slater would just nail.

      • 7:48pm
        Stu said | 7:48pm | ! Report


        • 7:53pm
          Sylvester said | 7:53pm | ! Report

          If I refined it to the perceived top tier? Slater, Tedesco, Inglis, Boyd, etc

          • 7:57pm
            Stu said | 7:57pm | ! Report

            Its hard for a fullback when breaks are up the middle, theres not alot you can do other than attack the football.

            He comes up with good cover tackles when part of defensive line. Not in same class defensivley as the ones you’ve mentioned but doesnt get alot of help

    • Roar Guru

      Scott Pryde said | 7:46pm | ! Report


      The streak of 21 goals straight is over.

      Warriors 22
      Panthers 34

    • Roar Guru

      Scott Pryde said | 7:44pm | ! Report

      The Panthers are back over halfway in four and then continue up the field. Katoa from dummy half, then it’s Cleary kicking for the corner from 25 out! The Warriors have had problems under the high ball all night, and here’s more of it. Blake runs straight through the blockers, comes up with it and runs over to score.

      That sums up the Warriors night. There were four Warriors defenders standing there, watching the ball dropping to ground. Absolute garbage, and Blake scores a try. Blake looked incredibly surprised as he came up with it there before putting the foot down to score.

      Warriors 22
      Panthers 34

    • Roar Guru

      PNG Broncos fan88 said | 7:44pm | ! Report

      When is he off contract?
      Brisbane need a halfback 2019.
      Come up young Nathan, you will be knocking the Origin door down in no time.

      • Roar Guru

        Scott Pryde said | 7:45pm | ! Report

        I’m 99% sure he has been locked down long-term. Panthers won’t be letting him go without one helluva fight.

    • Roar Guru

      Scott Pryde said | 7:43pm | ! Report

      77′ – Maumalo works it through the middle for the Warriors, then it’s Afoa to the right. Hingano goes fro dummy half before Foran kicks from short of halfway and it bounces down to Edwards. That was a kick you might put up if you were up 12 with 30 seconds to go. Poor kick from Foran.

      Warriors 22
      Panthers 30

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