Panthers trounce the Warriors in a dominant display

Issac Joh

When the game was over, there was one glaring fact – it was the biggest loss in the history of the New Zealand Warriors team, as they were demolished by a rampant Penrith Panthers side, who took the game out 62-6 at Centrebet Stadium.

In a 10 tries to 1 thrashing, both Warriors captain Simon Mannering and coach Matt Elliott were left scratching their heads at what went wrong.

“It doesn't get much worse,” a despondent Mannering said afterwards.

“Our defence was non-existent. They were scoring almost every set in the second half.”

The Warriors are now languishing at the bottom of the ladder with just two wins to their name along with the Tigers, with Elliott finding no words to describe his side's humiliating loss.

“I've got no excuses for you,” he said.

“The opposition played outstanding footy but at a physical level we just weren't in that contest.

“In this competition you get humiliated if that's the case.

“… We've worked pretty hard over the past five weeks and there's been some significant improvement but maybe we got a little bit enamoured by growing instead of being concerned about winning games of footy.”

It was a performance that would have Penrith fans cheering, as new five-eighth Issac John was on fire, as was recruit Lewis Brown.

The win brought a smile to the face of Panthers coach Ivan Cleary, with the Panthers now winning two games on the trot.

“Last week and this week combined, it's a good six days for sure,” he said.

“We haven't (produced back-to-back wins) this year, and didn't show a lot of it last year either to be honest.

“But what do you say about that game?”

3. Issac John
2. Lewis Brown

1. James Segeyaro

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