Warriors vs Panthers Round 14 Tips, Prediction and Preview

Andrew Hendrie:
Warriors vs Panthers Tips

Flying high on an eight-match winning streak, the Panthers look to maintain their competition lead when they face a resurgent Warriors side on Friday night.

New Zealand Warriors vs Penrith Panthers free NRL tips, predictions and preview – Penrith haven’t conceded a point in the first 20 minutes of their last 12 matches…

Warriors vs Panthers Tips

Warriors vs Panthers Match Details

?? Competition: NRL
? Date: Friday August 14
Time: 6.00pm AEST
? Stadium: Central Coast Stadium

Warriors vs Panthers 2020 Form (last five matches)

Warriors (LLLWW)

  • R9: Titans 16-12 Warriors
  • R10: Warriors 10-46 Sharks
  • R11: Warriors 10-18 Roosters
  • R12: Tigers 20-26 Warriors
  • R13: Sea Eagles 22-26 Warriors

Panthers (WWWWW)

  • R9: Sharks 24-56 Panthers
  • R10: Panthers 22-10 Cowboys
  • R11: Titans 14-22 Panthers
  • R12: Sea Eagles 12-42 Panthers
  • R13: Panthers 28-12 Raiders

Warriors vs Panthers Head to Head (last five matches)

Panthers won 26-0 earlier this season.

  • 5/6/20: Panthers 26-0 Warriors
  • 30/6/19: Warriors 18-19 Panthers
  • 17/5/19: Panthers 10-30 Warriors
  • 8/9/18: Panthers 27-12 Warriors
  • 24/8/18: Warriors 36-16 Panthers

Warriors vs Panthers Preview and Prediction

Penrith aim to continue their excellent season by winning a ninth straight match when they square off against a Warriors side fresh off winning back-to-back matches for the first time since May 2019.

The Panthers have been the stand-out team of 2020, dropping just three premiership points all season, losing a tight match to the Eels in which they led by 10 points in the second half and drawing with Newcastle.

Ivan Cleary’s side have conquered heavyweight teams like the Roosters, Raiders and Storm this year, while they’ve also beaten the likes of Manly and Cronulla by huge scorelines, posting 42 and 56 points respectively.

Last week’s 28-12 victory over Canberra was another blistering performance, with the Panthers racing to a 24-0 half-time lead on the back of tremendous displays from the likes of Nathan Cleary, Stephen Crichton and Viliame Kikau among others.

Meanwhile, the Warriors continue to show remarkable resilience during what has been the toughest of seasons.

Just when it seemed like the Warriors were going to throw in the towel for 2020, they’ve conjured up consecutive wins for the first time in over a year, beating the Tigers and Sea Eagles by six points or less.

However, I just can’t see them taking out the competition leaders. Penrith have been incredible in defence during the first quarter of games and their attacking players have thrived off the back of it.

This should be another comfortable win for the the Panthers as they continue to stake their claim as genuine premiership contenders.

Warriors vs Panthers Teams

Isaiah Papali’i comes into the Warriors side for the suspended Jack Hetherington, while the Panthers are unchanged from their win over Canberra.

Warriors team: 1. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck 2. Patrick Herbert 3. Adam Pompey 4. Peta Hiku 5. George Jennings 6. Kodi Nikorima 7. Chanel Harris-Tavita 8. Jamayne Taunoa-Brown 9. Karl Lawton 10. Lachlan Burr 11. Eliesa Katoa 12. Tohu Harris 13. Jazz Tevaga 14. Wayde Egan 15. Adam Blair 16. Daniel Alvaro 17. Isaiah Papali’i 18. Jack Murchie 20. Gerard Beale 21. Adam Keighran 22. Josh Curran

Panthers team: 1. Caleb Aekins 2. Josh Mansour 3. Tyrone May 4. Stephen Crichton 5. Brent Naden 6. Jarome Luai 7. Nathan Cleary 8. James Tamou 9. Apisai Koroisau 10. James Fisher-Harris 11. Viliame Kikau 12. Liam Martin 13. Isaah Yeo 14. Daine Laurie 15. Spencer Leniu 16. Moses Leota 17. Zane Tetevano 18. Mitch Kenny 19. Dylan Edwards 20. Matt Burton 21. Billy Burns

Warriors vs Penrith Stats

  • Panthers have won three of the last four games between the teams
  • Panthers prevailed 26-0 on June 5
  • Penrith are on an eight-match winning streak
  • Warriors won back-to-back matches for the first time since May 2019 last week
  • Peta Hiku has scored tries in back-to-back matches
  • Stephen Crichton has scored a try in his last eight matches

Warriors vs Penrith Best Bet