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Penrith beat Warriors 32-18 in NRL trial

Penrith second-rower Lewis Brown returned to New Zealand to play a key role in inflicting a second NRL pre-season defeat on former club the Warriors.
Penrith beat Warriors 32-18 in NRL trial
by AAP

HAMILTON, New Zealand, Feb 16 AAP - Penrith second-rower Lewis Brown returned to New Zealand to play a key role in inflicting a second NRL pre-season defeat on former club the Warriors.

The Panthers showed more cohesion in running out convincing 32-18 winners in Hamilton on Saturday, scoring six tries to four.

The Christchurch-born Brown, who joined the Panthers in the summer after four seasons with the Warriors, scored two tries and had a hand in another.

Teammate Josh Mansour also finished with a brace at Waikato Stadium.

The result made it two wins from two for Penrith, who pipped Wests Tigers in their first trial of the year.

The Warriors have lost both theirs, after they went down to Gold Coast last weekend.

But, after going into Saturday's second half down 22-4, the Warriors did fight back.

Young outside back Ngani Laumape touched down early in the third quarter to reduce the arrears.

That effort was cancelled when Penrith five-eighth Lachlan Coote picked up a loose pass to run 60 metres to score.

But Kevin Locke finished off a big break by Manu Vatuvei and then Glen Fisiiahi scored from an expansive move to make it a 10-point game.

Mansour's second try five minutes from time made it a comfortable scoreline.

Earlier, the Warriors, fielding many of their frontline players for the first time, made an excellent start which featured some Shaun Johnson magic.

The mercurial playmaker improvised a kick and chase before kicking again out wide where Vatuvei did well to finish.

But from there, it was all Penrith.

After the Panthers created a big overlap, Brown provided the final pass for Mansour to dot down.

Brown then scored twice, the first from a Wes Naiqama break from deep in his own half.

Naiqama was again creator when his tackle on Bill Tupou, as the winger was fielding a bomb, jolted the ball free and Brown was on hand to clean up the scraps.

There was worse to follow for the Warriors six minutes from halftime, when David Simmons showed a slick turn of pace to finish off a Panthers scrum move.




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