30 Jul 2016

Warriors win golden-point thriller

7:44 pm on 30 July 2016

A daring solo try from Shaun Johnson has earned the Warriors a thrilling 20-16 golden-point victory over the Penrith Panthers in Auckland.

Shaun Johnson scores the golden point.

Shaun Johnson scores the golden point Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Look back at match commentary here.

It was the fourth time in five games that the Warriors were forced to play sudden-death extra time, with the two teams level 16-16 as the full-time siren sounded.

They had lost the previous three. This time, Johnson shaped to kick a drop-goal, dummied and then scored under the posts at Mount Smart Stadium.

David Fusitu’a scores a try.

David Fusitu'a scores a try Photo: PHOTOSPORT

At half-time, the Warriors led 10-2, thanks to tries from David Fusitu'a and Ken Maumalo.

Fusitua scored again in the seond-half, only for the Panthers to draw level with three tries of their own.

The victory propelled the Warriors into the top eight play-off places on the National Rugby League ladder, with five rounds of the regular season remaining.

Ken Maumalo, left, scores and celebrates with Tuimoala Lolohea

Ken Maumalo, left, scores and celebrates with Tuimoala Lolohea Photo: PHOTOSPORT

David Fusitu’a celebrates his try.

Fusitu'a celebrates his try Photo: PHOTOSPORT