Penrith produced a professional display to overcome New Zealand Warriors 26-0 at Campbelltown Stadium.
The Panthers started the game strong, with young gun Matt Burton opening the scoring, with Stephen Crichton converting.
Burton got his second midway through the first half as he charged down a kick to race 60 metres and touch down.
Samoa international Jarome Luai extended Penrith’s lead when he chased down his own grubber. Crichton’s conversion saw the Panthers lead 16-0 at the break.
Ivan Cleary’s Panthers came out of the changing rooms firing in the second half. Josh Mansour scored in the corner after a fine passing move.
Penrith put the game out of reach for the Warriors on the hour mark as Billy Burns ran a superb line to charge over. Crichton’s conversion saw the Panthers 26-0 in front.
Stephen Kearney’s Warriors came close to scoring through Patrick Herbert in the 68th minute, but his effort was denied by the video referee.
The Panthers saw the game out as they finished comfortable 26-0 winners in Sydney.
Penrith: Aekins; Mansour, Whare, Crichton, To’o; Burton, Luai; Tamou, Koroisau, Fisher-Harris, Kikau, Capewell, Yeo. Subs: Kenny, Tetevano, Leota, Burns.
Tries: Burton (2), Luai, Mansour, Burns Goals: Crichton 3/5
New Zealand Warriors: Tuivasa-Sheck; Herbert, Beale, Perham, Pompey; Nikorima, Green; Taunoa-Brown, Egan, Blair, Katoa, Harris, Papali’i. Subs: Lawton, Murchie, Faamausili, Vuniyayawa.
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