The Vodafone Warriors and Penrith will meet for the second time in a week at Mount Smart Stadium but the stakes will be higher when they tangle in their elimination match in week one of the Intrust Super Premiership finals.
The Panthers needed yesterday’s 36-24 win just to make the playoffs, climbing from ninth to eighth place to set up a repeat encounter with the fifth-ranked Stacey Jones-coached Vodafone Warriors on Sunday (1.35pm kick-off).
The Vodafone Warriors finished their regular season campaign on 30 points with 12 wins and 10 losses while Penrith climbed to 26 points with a 10-12 record.
INTRUST SUPER PREMIERSHIP
Week One Finals
Saturday, September 3
Illawarra Cutters v Wests Tigers, 12.40pm (AEST), UOW Jubilee Oval
Mounties v Newtown Jets, 1.00pm (AEST), Pepper Stadium
Wyong Roos v Canterbury Bankstown, 3.00pm (AEST), Pepper Stadium
Sunday, September 4
Vodafone Warriors v Penrith Panthers, 1.35pm (NZT), Mount Smart Stadium