The Penrith Panthers take on the New Zealand Warriors in the second game of 2020 National Rugby League (NRL) Round 4 at Campbeltown Stadium. The New Zealand Warriors made a persuading come back to activity following lockdown as they pounded the Dragons. The Penrith Panthers blew a fabulous opportunity to win three straight matches to begin their 2020 NRL season and ended up in a dogfight with Newcastle last Sunday.
Penrith put their undefeated beginning to the season at risk against a Warriors side humming from registering their opening win of the campaign a week ago.
Be that as it may, while the Panthers haven’t tasted defeat across the initial three rounds, coach Ivan Cleary would have been frustrated with his side’s inability to put an injury-ravaged Knights team away a week ago.
The Panthers raced out to a 14-0 lead right on time as the Knights lost Mitchell Pearce and Connor Watson to injury, yet they took their foot off the gas and mysteriously let Newcastle once again into the challenge.
Despite the best efforts of Matt Burton (who missed five field goal attempts), the Panthers couldn’t get over the line and needed to settle for a 14-14 draw after 90 minutes.
In the interim, the Warriors made history las they finished an extraordinary 46 of 48 sets – incorporating 44 straight – in a clinical 18-0 dispatch of the battling Dragons.
It was an incredible presentation from a galvanized Warriors team, who have earned acclaim from all corners in the wake of abandoning their families in New Zealand to get the competition running once more.
However, if the Warriors are to make it consecutive successes, they should accomplish something they haven’t done in 13 years – and that succeeds at Campbelltown Stadium.
Matches between these sides have been high-scoring as of late, so that trend should proceed. Penrith should be better than they were a week ago, however, they have a decent record against the Warriors and ought to have the option to get over the line here.
Panthers vs Warriors Team News
Penrith are off a tiring 90min fight vs the Newcastle Knights that came about with scores stopped toward the finish of additional time. A quick beginning saw the Panthers leap out to a 14-0 lead yet they failed to score after the 24th-minute mark. They lead the game in the completion rate of 84%, Possession 59%, line breaks, offloads, and post-contact meters. Josh Mansour on the flank topped the run meters with 314 and Villiame Kikau contributed 2 line breaks and an attempt. Debutant half Matt Burton failed to land the triumphant field goal going 0/5.
Penrith Panthers needed to settle for a draw with Newcastle Knights however will be baffled that they didn’t guarantee the triumph in the wake of blowing a 14-point lead over a side that needed to bear some early injury disturbance.
The Panthers appeared as though they would pile on a major score at 14-0 however despite going through just about 15 minutes more with the ball than the Knights throughout the game, they were held scoreless after the 23rd minute directly through until the finish of golden point.
They have rolled out only one improvement to their side during the current week’s challenge with Liam Martin supplanting Billy Burns among the exchanges yet Jack Hetherington could be a late consideration from the reserves after finishing a suspension.
New Zealand Warriors
In their last beginning vs the Dragons, the New Zealand Warriors produced one of the most complete performances from any team in recent history. In addition to the fact that they managed to blank a potent Dragons offense, they complete 46 of 48 sets, setting another NRL record. Kodi Nikorima had a major game overseeing 2 line breaks, an attempt, and went 3/4 with his objective kicking. Warriors will likewise welcome back Poasa Faamausili, Lachlan Burr, and outside back David Fusitu’a.
New Zealand Warriors earned an extremely well-known success in their first game back in action as they had the option to see off St. George Illawarra Dragons in an 18-0 triumph, thanks to a limited extent to their ball maintenance.
The Warriors finished 46 of their 48 sets as they demonstrated extraordinary regard to the ball and should take a great deal of certainty from their performance, even though they realize that harder assignments lie ahead.
They have endured more hardship this week as their list of inaccessible players keeps on developing after Peta Hiku’s rib injury and Agnatius Paasi’s boycott however Poasa Faamausili will reinforce the positions having shown up on a short-term deal from the Sydney Roosters and will make his presentation here.
Panthers vs Warriors Head to Head (h2h)
The Panthers and Warriors have traded outcomes to and fro over their last four matches. Preceding those matches the Panthers had won six of the last seven conflicts going back to 2012.
Date: Friday, June 5th, 2020
Start Time: 18:00 AEST/04:00 EST/09:00 BST
Venue: Campbelltown Stadium, Sydney
Penrith Panthers vs New Zealand Warriors Prediction
Penrith Panthers kept up their 100% beginning to the season as they played out an enthralling draw with Newcastle Knights a week ago yet will be anxious to return to winning ways in the wake of blowing the opportunity to win that had taken a 14-0 lead.
They face New Zealand Warriors who put in a professional presentation to nil St. George Illawarra Dragons a week ago and will be brimming with certainty heading into this.
Neither side especially astonished in the 20m zone a week ago and having been associated with games that totaled 28 and 18 points, this challenge is probably going to be a low-scoring one that sees under 40 points.
Panthers vs Warriors Team Squads
Penrith Panthers Squad
- Dean Whare 2. Caleb Aekins 3. Josh Mansour 4. Isaah Yeo 5. Stephen Crichton 6. Brian To’o 7. Matt Burton 8. Apisai Koroisau 9. Kurt Capewell 10. Jarome Luai 11. James Tamou 12. Moses Leota 13. James Fisher-Harris 14. Brent Naden 15. Charlie Staines 16. Viliame Kikau 17. Mitch Kenny 18. Jack Hetherington 19. Zane Tetevano 20. Liam Martin 21. Billy Burns
New Zealand Warriors Squad
- Patrick Herbert 2. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck 3. Blake Green 4. Gerard Beale 5. Karl Lawton 6. Ken Maumalo 7. Kodi Nikorima 8. Isaiah Papali’i 9. Jamayne Taunoa-Brown 10. Hayze Perham 11. Wayde Egan 12. Adam Blair 13. King Vuniyayawa 14. Eliesa Katoa 15. Tohu Harris 16. Jack Murchie 17. Leivaha Pulu 18. Poasa Faamausili 19. Josh Curran 20. Chanel Harris-Tavita 21. Adam Pompey