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Preview: Panthers v Warriors

In search of their first win in over a month, the Panthers will be boosted by the return of experienced pair Michael Jennings and Travis Burns for Saturday night's clash with the Warriors.
Preview: Panthers v Warriors
by NRL

In search of their first win in over a month, the Panthers will be boosted by the return of experienced pair Michael Jennings and Travis Burns for Saturday night's clash with the Warriors.

After missing last Friday night's loss to Wests Tigers for disciplinary reasons, Jennings will don the Panthers No. 1 jersey for the first time in this game, while Burns will resume at five-eighth after recovering from a broken hand.

The two will need to hit the ground running against a Warriors side that appears to be warming up for the finals following a series of scintillating performances in recent weeks.

The Warriors are blessed with speed, especially in the lightning footwork of halfback Shaun Johnson and fullback Kevin Locke, who have been responsible for any number of long-distance tries scored by the team.

The Warriors have won the last two clashes between the teams, including a gruelling 12-6 win at Penrith last year when the Warriors displayed incredible defensive resolve to hold the Panthers out.

Take a Warriors try or penalty goal as First Scoring Play and look to a Warriors win by 13+ points.

Hopefuls for First Tryscorer include Adrian Purtell, David Simmons or Brad Tighe for Penrith or Manu Vatuvei, Kevin Locke or Bill Tupou for the Warriors.

Penrith v Warriors
Centrebet Stadium
Saturday night 7.30pm (AEST), 9.30pm (NZT)


Penrith Panthers
1 Michael Jennings, 2 David Simmons, 3 Brad Tighe, 4 Junior Vaivai, 5 Adrian Purtell, 6 Travis Burns, 7 Luke Walsh, 8 Tim Grant, 9 Kevin Kingston, 10 Petero Civoniceva, 11 Trent Waterhouse, 12 Nigel Plum, 13 Nathan Smith. Subs: 14 Nafe Seluini, 15 Dayne Weston, 16 Sam McKendry, 17 Matthew Bell, 18 Shane Elford (one to be omitted).

New Zealand Warriors
1 Kevin Locke, 2 Bill Tupou, 3 Joel Moon, 4 Shaun Berrigan, 5 Manu Vatuvei, 6 James Maloney, 7 Shaun Johnson, 8 Russell Packer, 9 Aaron Heremaia, 10 Jacob Lillyman, 11 Feleti Mateo, 12 Simon Mannering [c], 13 Micheal Luck. Subs: 14 Lance Hohaia, 15 Sam Rapira, 16 Ben Matulino, 17 Elijah Taylor, 18 Lewis Brown (one to be omitted).

Prediction - Matthew O'Neill: Warriors by 22

OVERALL:
Total Games: 27
Penrith Panthers wins: 14. [Pts: 701]
New Zealand Warriors wins: 12. [Pts: 671]
Draws: 1

Biggest wins:
Penrith Panthers: 30 pts: 2006 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 21 - [View] Sat: Panthers 36 d. Warriors 6 [Crowd: 9725]
New Zealand Warriors: 44 pts: 2001 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 9 - [View] Mon Apr 16: Warriors 52 d. Panthers 8 [Crowd: 16876]

Biggest Crowd: 2003 NRL Telstra Premiership - Preliminary Finals - [View] Sun Sep 28: Panthers 28 d. Warriors 20 [Crowd: 43174]

Last 50 games against each other form line (most recent matches at end of line):
Penrith Panthers: WLLWLWWWLLLWWWWWWLWLLWLDWLL
New Zealand Warriors: LWWLWLLLWWWLLLLLLWLWWLWDLWW

Last 10 games:
2011 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 8 - [View] Sun: New Zealand Warriors 26 d. Penrith Panthers 18 [Crowd: 11412]
2010 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 18 - [View] Sun: Penrith Panthers 6 l. New Zealand Warriors 12 [Crowd: 9983]
2010 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 6 - [View] Sun: New Zealand Warriors 12 l. Penrith Panthers 40 [Crowd: 14620]
2009 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 21 - [View] Sat: Penrith Panthers 32 drew New Zealand Warriors 32 [Crowd: 12677]
2008 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 25 - [View] Sun: New Zealand Warriors 42 d. Penrith Panthers 20 [Crowd: 15214]
2008 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 10 - [View] Sun: Penrith Panthers 46 d. New Zealand Warriors 22 [Crowd: 9450]
2007 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 25 - [View] Sat: Penrith Panthers 20 l. New Zealand Warriors 24 [Crowd: 14473]
2007 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 15 - [View] Fri: New Zealand Warriors 54 d. Penrith Panthers 14 [Crowd: 9978]
2006 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 21 - [View] Sat: Panthers 36 d. Warriors 6 [Crowd: 9725]
2006 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 17 - [View] Sat: Warriors 28 d. Panthers 22 [Crowd: 8723]

Overall record at Penrith Stadium, Mulgoa Road, Penrith, Sydney (NSW) Stats:
Penrith Panthers: 510 games, won 252, drawn 20, lost 238.
Last 5 games:
2011 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 23 - [View] Fri: Penrith Panthers 18 l. Wests Tigers 32
2011 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 20 - [View] Sun: Penrith Panthers 8 l. Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 12
2011 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 19 - [View] Sat: Penrith Panthers 23 d. Parramatta Eels 22
2011 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 17 - [View] Sat: Penrith Panthers 20 d. Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 6
2011 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 16 - [View] Sun: Penrith Panthers 30 d. North Queensland Cowboys 20

New Zealand Warriors: 13 games, won 5, drawn 1, lost 7.
Last 5 games:
2010 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 18 - [View] Sun: Penrith Panthers 6 l. New Zealand Warriors 12
2009 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 21 - [View] Sat: Penrith Panthers 32 drew New Zealand Warriors 32
2008 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 10 - [View] Sun: Penrith Panthers 46 d. New Zealand Warriors 22
2007 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 25 - [View] Sat: Penrith Panthers 20 l. New Zealand Warriors 24
2006 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 21 - [View] Sat: Panthers 36 d. Warriors 6

Head to Head at Penrith Stadium, Mulgoa Road, Penrith, Sydney (NSW) Stats:
Total Games: 13
Penrith Panthers wins: 7. [Pts: 379]
New Zealand Warriors wins: 5. [Pts: 320]
Draws: 1

Last 5 games:
2010 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 18 - [View] Sun: Penrith Panthers 6 l. New Zealand Warriors 12 [Crowd: 9983]
2009 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 21 - [View] Sat: Penrith Panthers 32 drew New Zealand Warriors 32 [Crowd: 12677]
2008 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 10 - [View] Sun: Penrith Panthers 46 d. New Zealand Warriors 22 [Crowd: 9450]
2007 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 25 - [View] Sat: Penrith Panthers 20 l. New Zealand Warriors 24 [Crowd: 14473]
2006 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 21 - [View] Sat: Panthers 36 d. Warriors 6 [Crowd: 9725]

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