Sea Eagles suffer last-minute glitch ahead of NRL finals run.
The Manly Sea Eagles have been brought back down to earth by Penrith after the men in black stormed Brookvale Oval to beat the home side 38-26.
After belting premiers Melbourne the previous round by 20 points, the Sea Eagles looked to be a serious contender to the title.
However, Geoff Toovey and his men will need to rethink their approached after being put to the sword in the high-scoring game.
Manly looked well on their way to scoring a big win as they led by 16 mid-way through the first half thanks to tries from Daly Cherry-Evans, David Williams and Clinton Gutherson.
Penrith started their comeback when Luke Walsh converted his own try in the 30th minute with interchange spark-plug James Segeyaro again proving energy off the bench in scoring his 10th try for the year, and suddenly the score was 16-12.
A Josh Mansour try just after the restart had the Panthers in front for the first time, before Steve Matai scored his second to give the home side the lead.
Williams’ scored for the game for Manly saw the score locked up at 26-all before Dean Whare gave the Panthers the lead for the final time in the game to give them a morale boosting win going into their off-season.
PENRITH 38 (J Mansour M Masoe C Newton J Segeyaro L Walsh D Whare tries L Walsh 6 C Newton goals) bt MANLY 26 (D Williams 2 D Cherry-Evans C Gutherson S Matai tries J Lyon 3 goals) at Brookvale Oval. Referee: Adam Devcich, Phil Haines. Crowd: 12,090.