The Penrith Panthers held off a late New Zealand Warriors surge to secure a 28-24 win in a thrilling affair in Auckland on Sunday afternoon.

The Warriors were 12-0 up after Thomas Leuluai and Elijah Taylor touched down inside the first 10 minutes.

But the Panthers seized the lead when Josh Mansour and David Simmons (twice) scored to give Penrith a 16-12 half-time lead.

Mansour had his second try of the match just before the hour mark, before Suaia Matagi and Sika Manu exchanged tries in a see-saw affair.

Konrad Hurrell then slid over to drag the Warriors to within four points in the dying stages, blowing a kiss to his mother in celebration.

The Panthers surged in the closing minutes, desperate to add more daylight between the sides, but the Warriors countered and won a penalty deep in opposition.

But the visitors held on with a desperate three-man effort to deny a lunging Laumape in the corner.

More to follow.

28 (J Mansour 2, D Simmons 2, S Manu tries; L Walsh 4/5 cons)

24 (T Leuluai, E Taylor, S Matagi, K Hurrell tries; S Johnson 4/4 cons)


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