Mid Season Warriors Recruit Kodi Nikorima has contributed to more misery on the Penrith Panthers with a sparkling second half trying to polish a dominant 30-10 win at Panthers Stadium.
Nikorima was at his best in his second appearance since he moved from Brisbane when the visitors were piled up over four converted attempts and three penalties to embarrass the Panthers on the home field and languished at the bottom of the Telstra Premier League ladder.
Penrith had no answers for a composed Warriors outfit, despite all odds within the opposition 20. The result is that Ivan Cleary & # 39; s men collapse to their sixth consecutive loss of the season and their longest losing streak since 2002.
He was hired late for Nathaniel Roache and veteran Warriors-hooker Issac Luke dominated early to put down the win until Nikorima and Roger Tuivasa-Sheck injected their speed around the ruck to expose the persistent defensive misery of the Panthers to lay.
Luke made light work of defending the Panthers with a sharp arrow to score among the posts for a 6-0 lead after the Warriors were previously forced to defend their line for five consecutive sets that came to the other end of the paddock to no avail .
The Warriors went back-to-back after first points with Nikorima breaking a lazy Penrith defense through the middle before Tuivasa-Sheck sent Patrick Herbert with a deceptive in-and-out game on the right.
Further mistreatment of the Panthers increased the visitors' lead to 14 via a penalty goal after both wingers Dallin Watene-Zelezniak and debutant Brian To & # 39; o spilled the ball on tackle 1.
The Panthers had several chances to hit before the break, but failed to take advantage of a poorly timed pass from Dean Whare who threw one chance with an attempt to beg, while Moses Leota was ground in a Jazz Tevaga-tackle to cough up the ball with the open line.
A passage from the game after the break listed the misery and frustration of the Panthers with Watene-Zelezniak and Dylan Edwards involved in a huge collision attempting to collect a long-range kick.
Edwards spilled the ball after being knocked down by his Panthers teammate and the Warriors was shortly afterwards extended to a 16-0 lead via a new penalty goal.
The result was sealed for the Warriors with a quarter of the remaining game when Nikorima split Leota and Cleary on the left.
Another goal by Warriors extended the lead to four converted attempts and despite a late attempt by rookie Liam Martin – the first of his career – the visitors bought the game with a furious run of Agnatius Paasi with four defenders.
A consolation attempt to get Viliame Kikau from the dummy half on the siren did little to please even the diehards, with another night with more questions than answers for the Panthers.