Sunday 8th September at Brookvale Oval
Penrith 38 – Tries: Mansour (1), Masoe (1), Newton (1), Segeyaro (1), Walsh (1), Whare (1); Goals: Walsh (6), Newton (1) | Manly 26
The home team crossed for the first three tries to lead 16-0 after 25 minutes.
The visitors finally got on to the board when Luke Walsh threaded through a grubber near the line that was taken by Lachlan Coote, who then shot the ball back inside to the supporting Walsh to cross adjacent to the uprights. Walsh’s conversion made it 16-6.
Minutes later, James Segeyaro took advantage of lazy marker defence at the play the ball to burrow over from close range, wit conversion successful and reducing Manly’s lead to just four at the half time break.
Two minutes after the resumption, the scores were tied when Josh Mansour caught a Coote cut out pass and leaped acrobatically in the left corner. Walsh’s sideline conversion gave the Panthers the lead for the first time.
However, the Sea Eagles would regain the lead with an unconverted try, but Penrith would fight back again when Clint Newton ran back inside off a Walsh pass and charged his way through the defensive line to score, with the conversion making it 26-20.
With just under 8 minutes remaining, Manly locked it up at 26-all with a converted try.
However, the Panthers would ultimately have the final say, throwing the ball around on the fifth tackle, and a cross field kick finding an unmarked Dean Whare on the right wing, crossing over untouched.
On the attack near the line in the dying seconds, the Panthers put an exclamation mark on a promising season when Mose Masoe barged over.