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New Zealand Warriors vs Penrith Panthers, live scores, Stacey Jones, Ronald Volkman, Stcey Jones, Ivan Cleary, Addin Fonua-Blake

The Panthers dominated the Warriors in their final home game at Moreton Daily Stadium in Redcliffe.

The Penrith side ran riot to take a 40-4 win, piling the points on over a struggling New Zealand outfit.

Dylan Edwards had an early try disallowed courtesy of a strong tackle from Ronald Volkman, but the joy finished there for Stacey Jones’ side.

Prop Moses Leota kicked off the scoring with a strong break courtesy of a short ball from Apisai Koroisau.

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“It is the smarts of Api Koroisau here… they just all know their role the Penrith Panthers,” Flanagan said.

Then the pairing of Nathan Cleary and Jarome Luai flexed their muscles off a scrum, creating space for Edwards to slice through and score.

“That is something… that is a beautiful scrum base play,” Voss said.

Winger Taylan May later got in on the action, coming desperately close to the sideline before stepping two Warriors defenders to score an “outrageous” try.

“How did he do that, he had no space to work with,” Flanagan said.

“He is a quality player and he is powerful, but his skillset, his footwork, his ability to know where the sideline is, how to beat and man and then to get the football down,” Flanagan said.

“That is outrageous, wow, how good is that from Taylan May,” Voss said.

In the second half, the Panthers piled the points on with Isaah Yeo, Liam Martin Brian To’o’s brace downing a luckless New Zealand side.

The Warriors scored a late try of their own with Josh Curran bursting over off a Reece Walsh short ball, but that didn’t save them from a Shaun Johnson spray at full-time.

The veteran playmaker was pictured laying down the law to his side as they prepare to return home to New Zealand.

Here are the three big takeaways from tonight’s clash.

EDWARDS’ REPRESENTATIVE HEARING

Prior to kick-off between the Panthers and Warriors Fox League’s Yvonne Sampson revealed a peculiar statistic.

“12 out of 13 players out there (for the Panthers) are representative players, the only one who isn’t is Dylan Edwards,” Sampson said.

Then at Moreton Daily Stadium, the Panthers fullback put in a performance fitting of the representative arena, scoring one try and being denied another early in the game.

Edwards finished with 171 running meters, four tackle breaks and one linebreak assist.

Impressively, Edwards sits on top of the competition for running meters, holding a significant advantage on Origin and Kangaroos star James Tedesco.

The reliable fullback’s work ethic and positioning are rarely ever exposed in the Panthers defense and Fox League’s commentators were stunned with his performance in Penrith’s big win over the Warriors.

“He has had another fine night for the Panthers,” Andrew Voss said.

“What a night he is having.”

Star playmaker Nathan Cleary also sung Edwards praises post-match, again endorsing him as a representative option for the Blues or Kangaroos.

“He is rock solid…he is the glue to our defense and it is a pleasure to play alongside him,”

“I think he’d do a real good job in rep footy if given the chance.”

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MARTIN ANSWERS CRITICS

Panthers backrower Liam Martin’s performance in the Origin series opener came under fire as the Blues star-studded pack lacked go-forward.

Martin was a late inclusion into the starting side as Brad Fittler pushed Rabbitohs gun Cameron Murray to the bench.

Martin’s position in Fittler’s side was said to be under fire, but the ‘Temora terror’ put his best foot forward with a strong audition.

The 25-year-old came desperately close to assisting the opening try of the match, foiled by a strong tackle from young gun Ronald Volkman.

“The off-load was a killer for the Warriors defence, and away they go…. to their ever reliable fullback Dylan Edwards,” Andrew Voss said.

Later in the game, Martin again showed his attacking genius, burying his head low to push three Warriors defenders over the tryline and score.

“He just burrows hard, and burrows over, you aren’t meant to do that in the NRL,” Andrew Voss said.

“A class backrower… pushes over for the try,” Shane Flanagan said.

Martin finished the night with 102 running meters, three tackle breaks, a line break and 19 tackles in a performance Brad Fittler can’t ignore.

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JOHNSON’S WOES CONTINUES

The Warriors were kept scoreless by the Panthers as New Zealand’s halves pairing of Shaun Johnson and debutant Ronald Volkman failed to fire.

Fullback Reece Walsh provided much of the attacking spark for the Warriors and Johnson’s performance was again uninspiring after heavy criticism in recent weeks.

Mid-week the veteran playmaker was left out of the New Zealand squad after playing 32 Tests since his debut in 2012 and Fox League’s experts where hoping for a response from Johnson.

“Is this the end of his Test career, there has been calls for him to retire, he still has another year to go with the Warriors,” Yvonne Sampson said.

“What is the future for Shaun Johnson, does he have the desire? Does he has the resilience and the tenacity to pull himself out of this hole he is in?”

Johnson showed signs of the player fans know and love and showed leadership missing in recent weeks, being pictured laying down the law to his side after the heavy loss.

But it isn’t the end for Johnson as Benji Marshall explained that he expects the Warriors as a squad to improve once they return home during the week, reuniting with family in a huge moral boost.

Both Nathan Brown and Stacey Jones have been vocal in explaining Johnson has been struggling and fans of the New Zealand side will be hoping Johnson returns to his brilliant best to close out the season and silence the critics.

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