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Jun 21, 2012
Mt. Wellington, Auckland
Warriors vs Panthers Gameday Chatter [Round 19, 2017]

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Warriors v Panthers: Schick Preview
Wed 12 Jul, 2017, 11:00am
By Corey Rosser‌, New Zealand Correspondent‌‌, ‌‌‌

Warriors v Panthers preview.
Schick Hydro Preview: Warriors v Panthers
Manu Vatuvei Stadium
Friday, 8pm NZT, 6pm AEDT

Tied on 18 competition points and sitting two wins outside of the NRL Telstra Premiership top eight, Friday night in Auckland shapes as a pivotal match to the 2017 hopes of both the Warriors and Penrith Panthers.

While Stephen Kearney's side enjoyed the week off with a bye, Penrith ground out a tough 16-8 victory over the fourth-placed Manly Sea Eagles, which keeps them right in the play-off frame.

Prop Albert Vete (arm) and hooker Nathaniel Roache (hamstring) are both out with injuries sustained in Round 17, but the home side get a boost via the return of Kiwi internationals Solomone Kata and Issac Luke.

Sam Lisone returns to the bench, with Bunty Afoa named to start in the second row.

Penrith maintain a settled line-up, with James Fisher-Harris's return on the bench in the place of Sitaleki Akauola the only change made by Anthony Griffin.

The match has taken on a new dimension for the Warriors after it was announced mid-week that Manu Vatuvei will depart for Salford in the Super League, with the club renaming the venue 'Manu Vatuvei Stadium' for Friday night, in recognition of his farewell match.

Why the Warriors can win: Heading into Round 19 the Warriors complete better than any other team in the NRL, with an average completion rate of 79.39 per cent through 16 games. Ball retention has been a huge positive for them this year, and five of their seven wins so far have coincided with them completing 82 per cent or more of their sets. This could give the Kiwi side a huge leg up against a Penrith team who have managed to complete more than 77 per cent of their sets only five times this season.

Why the Panthers can win: Recent form suggests defence could be an area the visitors have an edge in. In five of their last six games Penrith have kept teams to 20 points or less, and most recently they restricted the NRL's equal-best attacking team, Manly, to just two tries and eight points. The Panthers haven't always shown up with the right attitude off the ball this season, but when they do they can be tough to break down.

The History: Played 38, Warriors 17 wins, Panthers 21 wins, one draw. The overall head-to-head record favours Penrith and so does the recent one, with seven wins from their last nine against the Warriors. They have tended to be close matches of late, with 14 points being the biggest winning margin in the last four encounters. On New Zealand soil the Panthers have won 50 per cent of the time across 18 matches.

What are the odds: It's a fairly even betting game with Sportsbet reporting only slightly more dollars invested on the Warriors in the head-to-head market. Both sides have been backed to win 1-12 so the money suggests we’re in for a tight contest.

Match officials: Referee: Gavin Reynolds. Assistant referee: Alan Shortall. Sideline officials: Nick Beashel and Chris McMillan. Review official: Steve Chiddy. Senior review official: Luke Patten.

Televised: Fox Sports – Live coverage from 6pm. Sky Sports - Live coverage from 8pm. predicts: At home the Warriors were always going to be hard to beat in this one, and with the added motivation of giving Manu Vatuvei something to celebrate in his farewell, the Kiwi outfit should be able to get up for a vital win. Warriors by seven.
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Warriors 1st Grader
Apr 20, 2012
Was feeling confident until I saw who the senior video review official is.... now, not so!!!!


Warriors 1st Grader
Jan 2, 2013
Fundamentals, possession, position and pace, has worked for rugby players of either code for hundreds of years. Add in pride in defence and you can get there.

Raw Power

1st Grade Fringe
Aug 30, 2016
It's ball shrinking cold in Auckland. Panthers better bring their thermal jockeys...

Warriors by 20.

It's been colder in Penrith down to 2 degrees over night and a touch warmer than Auckland during the day, not much difference really

But besides the weather the Warriors should be able to put Penrith away
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Warriors 1st Grader
May 18, 2012
Manu's last game and he ain't even playing LMAO Only at the Warriors..

I'll be raising a glass to the Beast thats for sure, if its typical Warrior send off we lose by plenty but surely it should bring out the best in them, 13+


Player Agent
Feb 22, 2016
For anyone going to the game tonight, this new app from vodafone looks good.

I will be trying out to see how it goes.

Vodafone Stadium Live app is here


See the live game from any angle, with the Vodafone Stadium Live app.

We’re pleased to announce the launch of Vodafone’s new game-day app Stadium Live – the app that lets you live stream the action straight to your smartphone while you’re at Mt Smart. Or, as it’s known on Friday night, Manu Vatuvei Stadium!

Whether you’re sitting in the stands, lining up for a hot dog or waiting for a friend, you won’t miss a moment.

It also lets you see all the big moments, like tries, tackles and the big hits over and over again, with rewind and replay.
Plus, see player stats, in real-time.

Stadium Live is available now for iPhone or Android. You can find it by clicking on the links below



Or search Vodafone Stadium Live in the app store.

Standard data charges apply. Performs best on the Vodafone 4G network.


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Apr 20, 2012


Warriors 1st Grader
Apr 14, 2012
Don't be embarrassed, drunk_monk, even those of us who've known him as long as he's been a member are asking that question!

What or who he is.....

Fair enough on Salford insisting Manu couldn't play today if he's flying out Sunday, so I don't personally see any "only at the Warriors", "embarrassing for the club to treat Manu this way" etc stuff going on.

Warriors by 14.
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