Most watched: Issac Luke annhilates Maloney with biggest hit of 2018, but little Panther has last word as Penrith move on

Penrith have taken full advantage of a Roger Tuivasa-Sheck injury to claim a decisive 27-12 win over the Warriors and book a spot in next week's NRL semi- finals.

The Warriors were down by two on Saturday when Tuivasa-Sheck was assisted from the field on the half-hour mark after suffering a suspected medial ligament injury.

Considered a heavy contender to take out this year's Dally M medal, the Warriors failed to recover from Tuivasa-Sheck's exit in what was their first finals visit since 2011.

Panthers centre Tyrone Peachey nabbed his second try a minute later and from there the mountain men were never headed as they cruised to victory at ANZ Stadium.

They now wait for the loser of the qualifying final between the Sydney Roosters and Cronulla.

Penrith were only up by six at halftime but, in their fourth straight set on the Warriors' line, made it a two-try lead on Christian Crichton's four-pointer in the 51st minute.

A Maloney field goal with 20 minutes on the clock killed the Warriors' spirit, and Nathan Cleary put the finishing touches on the win with a penalty goal not long after.

Peachey finished with two tries, and Dallin Watene-Zelezniak also impressed at fullback.

Warriors star Shaun Johnson was noticeably quiet, while the defeat also marked the end of veteran Simon Mannering's career.

It was a measured performance from the Panthers, who were again down on the scoreboard early but seized momentum on Tuivasa-Sheck's injury.

A Cleary penalty goal opened the pointscoring but it was all the Warriors early, with Issac Luke and David Fusitu'a taking advantage of a wasteful Panthers attack.

Fusitu'a, who finished as the league's top tryscorer, was on the end of a dazzling Warriors attack to equal Francis Meli's club record of 23 tries in a season set in 2002.

But the game turned on two kicks.

The first was Maloney's attempted 40-20 that ended in Peachey scoring not long after, while Maloney made it two tries in three minutes after Luke's kickoff went out on the full.

Things just went from bad to worse for the Warriors to close out the half, with Peachey getting his second moments after Tuivasa-Sheck exited the field with his knee issue.


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As it happened: Panthers down valiant Warriors 27-12 in NRL playoffs to end Kiwi club's season

Welcome to 1 NEWS NOW's live coverage of this NRL finals encounter between the Warriors and the Penrith Panthers at ANZ Stadium.

(Tries Peachey 2, Maloney, Crichton; Cleary 2 pen, 3 con; Maloney fg) PEN 27-12 WARR (Tries Luke, Fusitua; Johnson 2 con)

80 mins: It's all over for the Warriors in 2018 and happy trails Simon Mannering. The Warriors were valiant in the second half but after taking a 12-2 lead they conceded 25 straight points and lost the second half 9-0. The Warriors will be better for this, they weren't overawed but couldn't match Penrith's control. Final score 27-12.

69 mins: PENALTY! Cleary has got his short kicking game on a string and pins the Warriors in-goal again. Johnson's drop out doesn't go 10 and Cleary kicks the goal. Penrith are home here, with 10 to go.

61 mins: FIELD GOAL!! Penrith are just doing a professional job on the Warriors here. Maloney kicks the point to extend the lead past two converted tries. The Warriors have made nearly 80 more tackles in the game and it's starting to tell as we head into the final 20.

54 mins: TRY!! Crichton goes over in the right corner for Penrith. The Warriors were gallant after Penrith forced three repeat sets in a row. Cleary converts.

48 mins: Cleary and Maloney controlling things here, force back-to-back-to-back sets and the Warriors are hanging on by a thread.

44 mins: Issac Luke has hit Maloney like a concrete mixer. The biggest hit of the year hands down. He knocks it on, and then the Warriors get a penalty. Is that a momentum turner, we'll see. The Warriors take it into Penrith territory. Another penalty for the Warriors.

41 mins: We're back into it, Luke kicks off to Penrith.

40 mins: It's halftime and the Warriors had a chance late but the Panthers hold on. 18-12 at the break.

36 mins: A strained ACL for Tuivasa-Sheck and he's done for the night, but no rupture. That's the good news. Can the Warriors find some character? There's been no grind in this one, just end-to-end action. The Warriors trying to get their off-load game going and Johnson finds touch on the Penrith 20.

31 mins: TRY!! Cleary puts Peachey over in the right corner and Kata is having a shocker. A mis-read after the earlier error  and the Warriors are on the rack here. Cleary misses the kick.

28 min: The Warriors are in a hole right now. Tuivasa-Sheck has done a knee and is being carried off. Very sad. Then Kata knocks on from dummy half and Penrith surge onto attack. Hiku to fullback, Beale to the centres. 

26 min: TRY!!! Katoa gets the Warriors out of dummy half, Mannering wasn't watching and misses the tackle and Maloney following down the middle goes in under the sticks. Penrith lead, and we've had 26 points in 26 minutes.

24 min: The Warriors are killing themselves here. Luke kicks the kick-off out on the full and Penrith surge onto attack again.  But they defuse the attack.

23 min: TRY!! Penrith kick a 40-20 and surge onto attack. Then a lovely grubber from Cleary and Tyrone Peachey has the Panthers first try. Cleary converts.

18 min: TRY!!! Try of the year and Fusitua is in! Johnson, Hiku, Harris, Fusitua! Off loads and down the right side, it's the NRL's most potent edge. Quick passing, then Hiku breaks, a great offload in the tackle to Johnson who finds Fusitua who dives one-handed in the corner. Johnson converts from the sideline.

14 min: Penrith attack the Warriors line but the Warriors defuse. Then they win a relieving penalty.

9 min: TRY!! Johnson grabs a loose ball and streaks away. He's in the clear and is going in for all money, but the ground gives way and he falls over. But the Warriors win a penalty and the Warriors turn down the penalty. Then Luke crashes over from dummy half. After an eternity, TMO says TRY!! Johnson converts.

4 min: A mistake from Parsi, he's tackled Maloney in the air after a kick , Penrith get a penalty and Cleary gives Penrith the lead.

3 min: The Warriors complete their first set with a bomb from Johnson and Penrith returns the football.

2 min: 39 seconds in and Gavet's down. He ran into Campbell-Gillard's shoulder and he's not well. But he gets up and plays the ball.

1 min: We're underway. Penrith kick-off to the Warriors.

7.40pm: Tuivasa-Sheck leads the Warriors out after a seven year absence.

7.37pm: Gearing up for kick-off, a big crowd and plenty of Kiwi support. Who can dominate the middle? That's the experts big questions tonight, Bluey McLennan, Brent Webb. In the dressing room, the Warriors are looking relaxed. Kick-off coming up.

7.30pm: Good evening everyone, what a night. A bit of rain at ANZ Stadium for tonight's clash, we're 10 minutes from kick-off. The Warriors are on the ground, they look calm, Johnson, Mannering looking calm.

Richie Barnett, on the preview show, says Johnson's got to run tonight. A big key.

PANTHERS 0 - 0 WARRIORS - 7.40pm NZT

PRE MATCH

After a seven year wait, the Warriors are back playing in September and among the eight teams competing for the NRL premiership.

Having finished eighth on the ladder, the Warriors travel to Sydney to face the fifth-placed Panthers in the elimination final at ANZ Stadium.

The two teams split their clashes this season with the Warriors securing a 36-16 win over Penrith at Mt Smart less than a month ago while an under-strength Panthers thrashed the Warriors 36-4 in round 17.

For the Warriors, Blake Green returns to the side after two weeks out, while both Roger Tuivasa-Sheck and Simon Mannering have recovered from their injury concerns.

A loss would end Mannering's career, but a victory would send him back to NSW for at least one more week with the winner of tonight's clash to play either the Roosters or Cronulla next week.

TEAMS

Warriors: 1. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck (c), 2. David Fusitu'a, 3. Peta Hiku, 4. Solomone Kata, 5. Ken Maumalo, 6. Blake Green, 7. Shaun Johnson, 8. James Gavet, 9. Issac Luke, 10. Agnatius Paasi, 11. Adam Blair, 12. Tohu Harris, 13. Simon Mannering.

Interchange: 14. Jazz Tevaga, 15. Isaiah Papali'i, 16. Bunty Afoa, 17. Gerard Beale,

Panthers: 1. Dallin Watene-Zelezniak, 2. Josh Mansour, 3. Waqa Blake, 4. Tyrone Peachey, 5. Christian Crichton, 6. James Maloney, 7. Nathan Cleary, 8. Trent Merrin, 9. Sione Katoa, 10. Reagan Campbell-Gillard, 11. Viliame Kikau, 12. Isaah Yeo, 13. James Fisher-Harris.

Interchange: 14. Tyrone May, 15. Moses Leota, 16. Corey Harawira-Naera, 17. James Tamou.


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Watch: Boom!Warriors women's skipper flattens Aussie star with game-winning tackle in final seconds of first NRLW game

The Warriors women have gotten off to a perfect start in their inaugural NRLW campaign, beating a star-studded Sydney Roosters outfit 10-4 at ANZ Stadium in Sydney this afternoon.

Strong defence proved to be the difference in the match as the Warriors denied the potent attacking options Sydney had at their disposal time and time again to never allow them a lead in the first ever NRLW match.

The defence was matched by a composed attacking front with winger Hilda Mariu becoming the first player to score a try in the competition after she finished in the right corner strongly in the first half.

The Warriors built on their lead with a try to Luisa Gago but poor display late in the first half saw the Roosters respond and set the score at 10-4 at half time.

From there, it became a battle of attrition as both sides defences locked up in their halves, allowing minimal line breaks or opportunities out wide.

The Warriors ultimately won the war though, with captain Laura Mariu lining up a big hit on Jillaroos star Isabelle Kelly in the final minutes to force a knock on and effectively win the game.

The win greatly increases the Warriors chances of reaching the final with games against the Broncos and Dragons still to come.


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As it happened: Wāhine toa! Warriors women win first NRLW match against Roosters with stellar defensive display

Relive 1 NEWS NOW's live updates of this afternoon's NRLW contest between the Roosters and Warriors at ANZ Stadium in Sydney.

FT: SYD 4-10 WAR

The Warriors win it! Superb second half defence has brought them an upset win and they earned it. A composed first up performance and they've etched their names in the history books with it. They'll be annoyed their kicking game didn't quite pin down the Roosters the way they could've but a wins a win and tonight is a pretty special one. That does it for our coverage of this match but stay tuned for live updates of the Warriors and All Blacks later tonight!

59min: SYD 4-10 WAR

BOOM! THAT'S A MASSIVE SHOT FROM MARIU! Kelly looks to run down the left edge and she is smoked by captain. That should win the game. Warriors ball with 20s left.

58min: SYD 4-10 WAR

Knock on by the Warriors 30m from the Roosters line. One last chance for the Roosters.

57min: SYD 4-10 WAR

The defence does it again! Roosters go down the line to the left wing on their last tackle 20m out but the defence is there in numbers and forces another knock on. What a wall from the women this afternoon!

55min: SYD 4-10 WAR

Another stunning defensive set from the Warriors and they force the Roosters mistake! 10m out on the last tackle the Warriors line rushes the playmakers and there's a knock on. Superb pressure and the Kelly buckles under it! Warriors scrum 20m from their line.

54min: SYD 4-10 WAR

That might be the brain explosion the Roosters need to get into the contest. Smalley for some reason runs the ball on the last tackle with the Warriors still in their own half! She's taken down on halfway and gives the Roosters great attacking position.

53min: SYD 4-10 WAR

And still the game remains in a midfield deadlock. Both defences not letting anything through and forcing kicks on the last. Roosters go high once again but Apii Nicholls is all over it again. Warriors set on their 30m with seven minutes left.

50min: SYD 4-10 WAR

Roosters under all sorts of pressure as the Warriors defence swarms them for another impressive defensive set and there's a knock on! Warriors scrum 35m from their own line.

47min: SYD 4-10 WAR

Roosters grubber on the last tackle but Apii-Nicholls swoops across and slides in to take it 3m from her line. Warriors then get a penalty early in the set for getting held down too long so they get out of their half.

44min: SYD 4-10 WAR

Game continues to being fought in the middle of the field with neither side getting deep into the others' territory. This could come down to who cracks first as time ticks on.

42min: SYD 4-10 WAR

Strong set from the Warriors is finished by a pinpoint kick on the last tackle by Mariu. Roosters stuck inside their 10m.

41min: SYD 4-10 WAR

Warriors defence survives as the Roosters make another handling error. Warriors scrum 10m from their line.

38min: SYD 4-10 WAR

Roosters back on attack after a linebreak from Brown. They're 5m out on the last tackle but the Warriors are penalised for a two-player strip! More pressure on the Warriors.

36min: SYD 4-10 WAR

Big tackle from Apii-Nicholls on the last stops the Roosters from scoring. Warriors with the ball 2m from their line.

35min: SYD 4-10 WAR

Yikes. That's 30 seconds Vailea will want to forget. She drops the ball cold 2m from the Roosters line to hand the ball over before giving up a penalty 20s later for holding on to long in the next tackle. Roosters go from defending their line to a new set on halfway.

33min: SYD 4-10 WAR

Warriors get a good chance early after the Roosters are penalised for holding down in the tackle too long. Warriors kick for touch and get a new set 40m from Sydney's line.

30min: SYD 4-10 WAR

Warriors get things back underway.

HT: SYD 4-10 WAR

First half of the NRLW is wrapped up and the Warriors are in front! Rightfully so after owning the first 25 minutes of the match in all areas of the game but a lapse in discipline gave the Roosters their chance and they converted. If the Warriors can remain disciplined and keep using their pack to make big metres, they should win the first ever NRLW match. Exciting final 30 coming up.

28min: SYD 4-10 WAR

SYD TRY! Roosters get on the board with midfield weapon Kelly! She cuts back to the right from 10m out and sees a hole. Blitzes between two defenders and reaches out to score. Big two minutes before halftime coming up for the Warriors.

26min: SYD 0-10 WAR

Pressure continuing to mount as the Warriors give up another penalty. Roosters just 10m out now.

25min: SYD 0-10 WAR

Warriors are penalised for being offside and gives the Roosters a chance to get back in this contest. They'll start their set 40m from the Warriors' line.

23min: SYD 0-10 WAR

Roosters are again penalised after another handling error and it gives the Warriors more attacking chances. Kiwi club with a new set on halfway.

21min: SYD 0-10 WAR

Warriors with a knock on after the kick off. So that gives the Roosters a scrum 10m from halfway.

20min: SYD 0-10 WAR

WAR TRY! Gago goes in under the pasts off a beauty of a pass from Mariu in the midfield. Short, flat and timed for Gago to run onto and she hits the line with speed. Can't be stopped and the Warriors build on their lead.

17min: SYD 0-4 WAR

Warriors get a pair of penalties now so they're in great field position to launch an attack. New set 40m from the Roosters' line.

16min: SYD 0-4 WAR

Stoppage in play as Nuuausala receives some attention after absolutely flattening a Roosters runner. It looks like it's her knee. She's getting it strapped in the hopes of playing on. Warriors ball on their 10m.

15min: SYD 0-4 WAR

Pair of penalites gives Roosters some great territory. New set 20m out from the Warriors line.

12min: SYD 0-4 WAR

Roosters hold on with a big tackle as there's a knock on 2m from the line. Syndey scrum on their 10m. 

11min: SYD 0-4 WAR

Brilliant set after kickoff from the Warriors as they make 50m in the set. There's a deflection from the Roosters on the last tackle so it's six more and only 20m out!

10min: SYD 0-4 WAR

WAR TRY! HISTORY! Warriors winger Hilda Mariu scores the first try in NRLW history as the Kiwi club uses numbers on the right wing. Simple draw and pass and a classy finish in the corner from Mariu. Kiwis convert on all their early pressure.

7min: SYD 0-0 WAR

Warriors continue to dominate the early going as the Roosters remain pinned in there half and force yet another mistake! Knock on in the play the ball so the Warriors get a scrum just inside the Roosters' 20m. Big chance here.

5min: SYD 0-0 WAR

Strange move from Studdon. On the third tackle, she kicks the ball out on the full! Warriors say "thanks!" and get a scrum on halfway.

4min: SYD 0-0 WAR

Warriors get within 2m of the line before the last but can't break the Roosters so they go for a kick on the last tackle. It's high and too deep. Bounces dead for a Roosters 20m restart.

2min: SYD 0-0 WAR

Strong start for the Warriors witha 57m set. They go high on the last and the Roosters recover but a massive tackle sees Brown driven back inside her 10m. Roosters are swamped in their opening set and there's a knock on! Warriors scrum 25m from the Roosters line. Perfect start!

KICKOFF

Roosters get things underway!

PREVIEW

The Warriors women play their first competitive match against the Roosters this weekend.
Source: 1 NEWS

The Warriors women are set to make history as they feature in the first professional women's rugby league match this afternoon but they'll have their work cut out for them against a strong Roosters outfit.

The Kiwi club has been forced to make a few altercations to their line up for this afternoon's contest with Onjeurlina Laiataua shifting to the back-row and Tamika Jazz Noble-Bell dropping to the bench.

Sarina Clark has been promoted from the bench to start at centre while Lorina Papali'i, mother of Warriors player Isaiah, will come off the bench.

Against them is a star-studded Roosters pack filled with 10 NSW players.

A key combo the Warriors will need to shut down is halves pairing Maddie Studdon and Lavina O'Mealey but there will also be focus put on centre Isabelle Kelly.

TEAMS

SYD: 1. Botille Vette-Welsh, 2. Karina Brown, 3. Shontelle Stowers, 4. Isabelle Kelly, 5. Taleena Simon, 6. Lavina O'Mealey, 7. Maddie Studdon, 8. Simaima Taufa (c), 9. Kylie Hilder, 10. Elianna Walton, 11. Tazmin Gray, 12. Vanessa Foliaki, 13. Zahara Temara

Interchange: 14. Nita Maynard, 15. Sarah Togatuki, 16. Chloe Caldwell, 17. Victoria Latu

WAR: 1 Apii Nicholls, 2 Langi Veainu, 3 Shontelle Woodman, 14 Sarina Clark, 5 Hilda Mariu, 6 Laura Mariu (C), 7 Georgia Hale, 8 Annetta-Claudia Nuuausala, 9 Krystal Rota, 10 Aieshaleigh Smalley, 4 Onjeurlina Leiataua, 12 Alice Vailea, 13 Luisa Gago

Interchange: 11 Tanika-Jazz Noble-Bell, 15 Lorina Papali’i, 18 Sui Tauasa-Pauaraisa, 17 Kahurangi Peters
 


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'Us young blokes need to step up' - Cameron Munster key figure in Storm rebuild

Melbourne star Cameron Munster has given the strongest hint yet that he is likely to re-sign with the club with a warning shot for critics predicting the end of the Storm dynasty.

Just as Melbourne looked set to falter in last night's qualifying final against South Sydney, Munster delivered in the clutch moment to send the defending premiers to within one game of another decider.

It was yet another game-winning effort from the Kangaroos and Queensland State of Origin star that had Cameron Smith hailing Munster as a big-game player.

"It's very humbling to hear that from one of the greats of the game, especially Smithy. He'll go down as one of the best," Munster said.

"Hearing that from one of my peers and my captain, it's really comforting to hear."

Munster's heroics came in the Storm's first finals game without champion playmaker Cooper Cronk, and in retiring star Billy Slater's final finals campaign.

Smith is also likely to hang up the boots at the end of next season.

"I guess they're not going to be around forever," Munster said.

"Us young blokes need to step up and take the mantle off them. That starts this year, Bill's leaving so we need our young blokes to step up."

The 23-year-old admitted the club would face its challenges once Smith finally calls it quits, but suggested he is keen on leading a rebuild.

The Sydney Roosters and North Queensland have already been mentioned as possible suitors for Munster's signature once he enters the final year of his contract on November 1.

"It's going to be hard for us obviously losing Coops last year, Billy this year, and most likely Smithy next year at the end of the year," Munster said.

"They're slowly fading away and us young blokes coming through need to back ourselves.

"A lot of people will be writing us off when they leave, especially when Bellyache decides to hangs up the boots as well when coaching.

"There's going to be so many critics and people writing us off, but I just know there's some good depth and some good people around our club to keep going forward."


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