Saturday 1st May at Carrington Park
Penrith 26– Tries: Crichton (1), Edwards (1), Martin (1), Tyrone May (1), To’o (1); Goals: Cleary (4) | Manly 16
Manly posted the first points with an early penalty conversion.
However, the Panthers posted the first try through a spectacular 80 metres effort that started with a Brian To’o tackle bust, offloading it to Matt Burton who kicked back in field towards the tryline, with Dylan Edwards picking up the ball and touching down under the black dot.
Minutes later Penrith further extended their lead when To’o took a cut out pass from Jarome Luai and in one motion stepped and ducked under his opposite number to dive over the line.
Whilst Manly were able to reduce the lead through an unconverted try to make it 10-6, the Panthers would head into half time up 16-6 when Liam Martin ran off a well-timed short pass from Nathan Cleary, running through a hole at close range to barge over.
The Sea Eagles once again reduced it to a 4-point margin with a converted try early in the second half, bit soon after a well weighted grubber from Cleary was grounded by replacement Tyrone May to once again provide a greater buffer on the scoreboard.
With Penrith up by 10, Manly scored an unconverted try with six minutes remaining to reduce to a converted try margin, however, the Panthers would secure the points three minutes from the end when a heavy kick from close range from Edwards was batted back by Martin into the in goal, with Stephen Crichton only having to lay a hand on it to claim the try.