STAR MAN: Warriors winger Manu Vatuvei takes on the Parramatta defensive line.
STAR MAN: Warriors winger Manu Vatuvei takes on the Parramatta defensive line. Anthony Au-Yeung

Warriors want revenge in Panthers clash

SIX weeks after one of their most humilating defeats in club history the Warriors have their shot at redemption and half Shaun Johnson is ready to lead the charge.

With a 28-6 halftime lead and victory all but assured the Warriors turned in one of the worst second half efforts in history before losing to the Penrith Panthers 36-28.

It is a result that has weighed heavily on Johnson and his humiliated teammates.

"I want to rectify it, for sure," the halfback said.

"It still sits in my belly - so hopefully it still sits in a few of the boys as well."

The match will be about much more than pride and revenge however with both teams sitting equal ninth and hunting a top-eight position.

With two byes in the past four weeks the Warriors will be the fresher of the two sides but Panthers coach Anthony Griffin has his side primed to face a New Zealand side desperate to produce a good result and farewell one of their favourite sons.

The Warriors have a huge night set out as they plan to rename Mount Smart Stadium the "Manu Vatuvei Stadium" and give Vatuvei masks and t-shirts to spectators.

"There'll be a response for sure, and they've got a big night planned with Manu," Griffin said.

The Warriors welcome Issac Luke and Solomone Kata back to NRL duty, but lose Ryan Hoffman and Albert Vete to long-term injuries.

Penrith, meanwhile, have ushered Kiwi back-rower James Fisher-Harris back into the first-grade fold after a 2017 campaign marred by injury.