NRL: Penrith 62, Vodafone Warriors 6

Penrith handed the Vodafone Warriors the heaviest defeat in the clubs history with a 10 tries to one 62-6 victory at Centrebet Stadium on Saturday night. Photo: Photosport.


After tight contests in their previous six outings, the Vodafone Warriors couldnt stay with a Panthers side coming off an impressive victory over 2012 premiers the Melbourne Storm last Sunday night.


The score-line topped the previous worst of 0-54 against St George Illawarra in Wollongong in 2000.


After making inroads in the opening minutes when they threatened Penriths line, the Vodafone Warriors saw the contest take a dramatic momentum shift which they were unable to halt.


The only respite came in the final minute when the Vodafone Warriors were able to avoid being held scoreless.


Winger Manu Vatuvei, who had seen little possession on attack throughout the match, powered through several tackles to score his fifth try of the season. Ben Henry converted in the absence of halfback Shaun Johnson, who had been replaced midway through the second half.


The Panthers, guided by 2006-2011 Vodafone Warriors coach Ivan Cleary, were materially aided by significant contributions from former Vodafone Warriors Lewis Brown, Isaac John and Matt Robinson.


Brown, who joined Penrith this season, snared a double while John, signed by the Panthers just a few weeks ago from Wakefield, finished with a hat-trick. Former Vodafone Junior Warrior Robinson also touched down.


Halfback Luke Walsh had a perfect night with the boot, converting all 10 tries and also adding a penalty for 22 points.


The Panthers were almost flawless in possession as they completed 35 of their 38 sets (92 per cent). The Vodafone Warriors had just 25 sets a mere 10 in the second half and completed only 16 (64 per cent). Provisional stats also showed they made close to 100 more tackles than Penrith.


The outcome leaves the Vodafone Warriors on four points on the ladder with two wins from 10 matches.


Next Sunday they face Newcastle at Mount Smart Stadium on a day when the club will mark the NRLs Women in League initiative.


Match details:


At Centrebet Stadium, Penrith

Penrith Panthers 62 (Isaac John 3, Lewis Brown 2, Travis Robinson, James Segeyaro, Matt Robinson, David Simmons, Kevin Kingston tries; Luke Walsh 10 conversions, penalty).

Vodafone Warriors 6 (Manu Vatuivei try; Ben Henry conversion).

Halftime: 26-0 Panthers.

Referees: Gerrard Sutton and Henry Perenara.

Crowd: 9386.


Vodafone Warriors: Glen Fisiiahi; Bill Tupou, Ben Henry, Carlos Tuimavave, Manu Vatuvei; Thomas Leuluai, Shaun Johnson; Ben Matulino, Nathan Friend, Russell Packer; Feleti Mateo, Simon Mannering (c); Todd Lowrie. Interchange: Sam Rapira, Jacob Lillyman, Elijah Taylor, Pita Godinet.