NRL Round 6 – Match 6 Results: Warriors 12 v Panthers 40

Penrith rose to number two on the NRL Ladder following Round 6, when they thrashed the Warriors 40 to 12 at Mt Smart Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

It was two massive wins in a row for the Panthers, following their 28 – 6 victory ahead of the Roosters in Round 5, their third straight NRL win and their fourth victory of the year.

New Zealand struggled without playmaker Manu Vatuvei failing to score in the first half, while the Panthers coasted to a 22 point lead by half time.

Adrian Purtell put Penrith’s first points on the board when he scored his opening try of an eventual match double just five minutes in after catching Walsh’s cross-field kick-off, and Michael Gordon’s conversion gave them a six point lead six minutes after kick off.

Kevin Kingston and Lachlan Coote each scored inside the first quarter for the Panthers, and Gordon kicked one from two to increase their lead by another 12 points.

Ten minutes later Gordon kicked a penalty to give the Panthers another two points up their sleeve.

Before the Warriors got a break from their home-ground thrashing, Gordon scored a final first half try four minutes from the break, converting his own try so Penrith went to half time leading 22 to nil.

Five minutes back from the break, Ukuma Ta’ai opened the Warriors account getting over the line and James Maloney’s conversion narrowed their deficit to a more manageable 16 points.

New Zealand backed up a mere six minutes later as Brent Tate scored a 51st minute try. Maloney converted again and they trailed by just 10 points.

With nearly 30 minutes still left on the clock, the fans in the stadium were on the edge of their seats, hoping for a brilliant comeback from the Warriors.

But the Panthers soon put any dreams of a New Zealand win to bed as Travis Burns put another try down in the 58th minute and after Gordon converted they were in front again by 16 points.

In the final quarter Purtell scored his second match try in the 65th minute and Kevin Kingston put one more in for good measure finishing off his match double five minutes from the siren. Gordon kicked both as the Panthers amassed 40 points defeating the Warriors who finished up with 12.