5 Sep 2016

Penrith send warning to NRL play-off opponents

8:32 am on 5 September 2016

Penrith have sent an ominous warning to week-one finals opponents Canterbury with a first-half demolition of Manly in the final NRL game of the regular season.

Penrith Panthers captain Matt Moylan

Penrith Panthers captain Matt Moylan Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Panthers skipper Matt Moylan whipped their season-high 15,411 crowd at Pepper Stadium into a frenzy by having a hand in four of the tries in the 36-6 rout.

Winger Josh Mansour nabbed a double, while rookie Nathan Cleary kicked a perfect six from six.

The Panthers win, their fifth in succession and seventh in eight games, moves them to sixth on the NRL ladder and sets up an intriguing elimination final against at out-of-form Bulldogs outfit at Allianz Stadium on Sunday.

For the Sea Eagles, their fifth straight loss leaves them with a 13th-placed finish and plenty of thinking to do for first-year coach Trent Barrett.

The Warriors finished 10th on the table after their 40-18 loss to Parramatta in Auckland.


.. 1st Elimination Final

Brisbane Broncos v Gold Coast Titans, Friday September 9, Suncorp Stadium, 8pm (AEST)

.. 1st Qualifying Final

Canberra Raiders v Cronulla Sharks, Saturday September 10, GIO Stadium, 5.30pm

.. 2nd Qualifying Final

Melbourne Storm v North Queensland Cowboys, Saturday September 10, AAMI Park, 8pm

.. 2nd Elimination Final

Penrith Panthers v Canterbury Bulldogs, Sunday September 11, Allianz Stadium, 4pm