VIDEO: Vodafone Warriors 18, Penrith 32
Saturday 16 February 2013 2:57 PM
Winger Ngani Laumape is enveloped by centre Konrad Hurrell after scoring his try in the Vodafone Warriors' NRL trial 18-32 against Penrith at Waikato Stadium in Hamilton on Saturday. Photo: Photosport.
Manu Vatuvei opened the scoring but, as they did against the Gold Coast Titans last week, the Vodafone Warriors fell behind and finished up losing Saturday's NRL trial 18-32 against Penrith at Waikato Stadium in Hamilton.
The Panthers led 22-4 at halftime with two tries to Lewis Brown and one each to Josh Mansour and David Simmons.
The Vodafone Warriors engineered three second half tries through Ngani Laumape, Kevin Locke and Glen Fisiiahi to claw back to 18-28 at one point and had another opportunity to trim the margin still further.
It wasn't to be, Penrith finishing off the scoring for a 14-point win and a second straight trial success.
The Vodafone Warriors round off their build-up to the 2013 NRL season with a clash against Brisbane in Dunedin next Saturday (7.30pm kick-off), the first time NRL football has ever been played in the city.
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At Waikato Stadium, Hamilton
Vodafone Warriors 18 (Manu Vatuvei, Ngani Laumape, Kevin Locke, Glen Fisiiahi tries; Shaun Johnson conversion).
Penrith Panthers 28 (Lewis Brown 2, Josh Mansour, David Simmons, Lachlan Coote, Geoff Daniela tries; Luke Walsh 2 conversions; Wes Naiqama conversion; Blake Austin conversion).
Halftime: 22-4 Panthers.
Referees: Henry Perenara and Chris James.