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As it happened: NZ Warriors v Penrith Panthers

By David Skipwith

Published: 3:45PM Saturday February 16, 2013 Source: ONE Sport

Fulltime - Warriors 18-32 Panthers

That's it from Waikato Stadium. Both sides looked scratchy in patches although the Panthers made the most of their possession while the Warriors left things too late before finding their rhythm.

The Warriors have one more trial match next weekend when they take on the Brisbane Broncos at Forsyth-Barr Stadium in Dunedin.

We'll resume our live updates the week after in round one of the NRL when the Warriors travel to Parramatta Stadium to face the Eels.

75mins Warriors 18-32 Panthers
TRY! Penrith replacement winger Geoff Daniella dives into the corner to score following some scrappy play that saw passes go to ground as the ball was worked out wide. Naiqama's conversion doesn't have the legs.

71mins Warriors 18-28 Panthers
The Warriors are finishing strongly, Fissiahi nearly engineering another try. The crowd is getting in behind them as they look to peg the Panthers back...

68mins Warriors 18-28 Panthers
TRY! The Warriors get another with a Shaun Johnson chip 15 out from the Panthers line finding the hands of replacement winger Glen Fisiiahi, to bring it round 10 metres from the posts. Johnson finally nails a conversion.

55mins Warriors 12-28 Panthers
TRY! Kevin Locke scorches in for a try in the left corner after Feleti Mateo set Manu Vatuvei free down the wing. Locke loomed up in support and beat the cover in a dive to the line. The Warriors had looked reckless in the lead-up, trying to spin it wide from a 22 tap and getting pummelled backwards in the tackle. Johnson's conversion attempt is again wide.

50mins Warriors 8-28 Panthers
TRY! Penrith hit back immediately with replacement back Blake Austin on hand to collect a dropped pass from a Warriors scrum win, racing 60 metres untouched to score under the bar. Walsh has no problems with the conversion to blow the score out just a little further.

47mins Warriors 8-22 Panthers
TRY! The Warriors get their second with replacement back Ngani Laumape on the end of a first-tackle spread out wide to the right flank. Johnson's conversion attempt is waved away.

41mins Warriors 4-22 Panthers
The Warriors get the second-half underway from the boot of Kevin Locke...

Halftime - Warriors 4-22 Panthers
The Warriors narrowly avoided letting in yet another try just before the hooter, when Brown turned Naiqama inside to see him swat away two tackles on a 30-yard stroll into the 22. Vatuvei saved the day with a strong cover tackle, only for Naiqama to regain his feet and make another surge to the line before he was finally held up ingoal.  

As the scoreline indicates, the Warriors have looked sluggish, which is to be expected in what is the first hit-out for many of the side. They have been brittle up the middle of the park, the Panthers making easy metres, getting quick play-the-balls, and playing the game at a touch football-like pace.

Kevin Locke has been strong at the back, running back into some stiff defence, Shaun Johnson has looked dangerous on attack, but some over-eager play brought them undone when they had a slender 4-0 lead, allowing Penrith to quickly get a roll-on and dominate the bulk of the half.

Stand by for the second-half!

36mins Warriors 4-22 Panthers
TRY! The Panthers get try No. 4 with right winger David Simmons streaking 30 metres down the touchline after working an easy overlap from a midfield scrum. Naiqama adds two more from just to the right of the posts. Warriors looking disorganised on defence and need the halftime break to come quickly.

34mins Warriors 4-16 Panthers
Apologies for the misinformation - it was Lewis Brown getting that last try, giving him two for the half, Mansour still sitting on one .

29mins Warriors 4-16 Panthers
TRY! Mansour gets an early double after the Panthers bombed to Bill Tupou's wing. He looked to have taken it cleanly but a Penrith player contested the catch and knocked the ball loose, Mansour on hand to dive over in the same spot as his first four-pointer. The crowd roars with delight as Naiqama's conversion drifts away from the sticks.

25mins Warriors 4-12 Panthers
The Warriors let themselves down when Dominique Peyroux threw a wild pass after they had worked upfield to within 30 yards of the Panthers line. They managed to hold Penrith out on the next set and are back toiling upfield once more. 

16mins Warriors 4-12 Panthers
TRY! Lewis Brown gets one back against his former team after backing up on the inside to collect the pass from Naiqama, who broke through out wide on the halfway line. Walsh bangs it over from right in front to further extend the lead.

10mins Warriors 4-6 Panthers
TRY! The Panthers hit back, winger Josh Mansour scoring out wide off a Lewis Brown pass. The try came on the back of three penalties that marched Penrith downfield and into attacking position. Panthers halfback Luke Walsh makes no mistake with the extras to give his side a two-point lead.

6mins Warriors 4-0 Panthers
TRY! The Warriors get their first try through big Manu Vatuvei, who chased a Shaun Johnson cross-field kick to the ingoal. The ball sat up beautifully for 'The Beast' to catch while diving in at the corner. Johnson's conversion from the sideline dropped under the cross bar.

4mins Warriors 0-0 Panthers
The Warriors held out the Panthers after they handed possession over with a dropped ball in their second set. They did well to defend their line and watched a Penrith grubber go over the dead-ball line.

0mins Warriors 0-0 Panthers
The Warriors have first use of the ball with Wes Naiqama kicking off for the Panthers. It is a brilliant day here in Hamilton with sunshine bathing the ground. The main stand here at Waikato Stadium is packed while the opposite stand, in the glaring sun, is almost empty.

Pre-match

Welcome to onenews.co.nz's live scoring updates of the Warriors second pre-season trial game of 2013, against the Penrith Panthers.

After blooding a host of youngsters in last week's first trial against the Gold Coast Titans, Wariors coach Matt Elliott is wheeling out most of his big guns for todays game.

We get our first glimpse of former Melbourne Storm centre Dane Nielsen, and returning Warrior and five-eighth, Thomas Leuluai, while fans will be keen to see how Nathan Friend's replacement, Eljah Taylor, fares in the No. 9 jersey.

The Warriors have an extended 11-man bench so expect plenty of rotation as they look to work through various different combinations.

The Panthers have named a strong line-up with NSW Origin prop Tim Grant, and classy five-eighth Lachlan Coote at five-eighth, while three Kiwis will also feature, in fullback Dean Whare, prop Sam McKendry, and former Warrior Lewis Brown in the back-row.

Stay tuned for kick-off at 4pm.

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