Sea Eagles pluck victory from jaws of defeat

The Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles have pulled off a remarkable feat and all but secured the 2014 NRL Minor Premiership with a come from behind victory, 26-25 over the Penrith Panthers at Brookvale Oval.

The 18,654 strong crowd were left in jubilant adulation as the Sea Eagles fought back after trailing 22-6.

Nigel Plum has avoided the nudie run as he posted his first try of the season in the 6th minute of play. Kierran Moseley was impressive with the game time played in his NRL debut. His touches and speed led to the Plum try.

Josh Mansour had moments to forget with a few costly errors. However, he finished off a left side raid crafted by Matt Moylan. Penrith just behind the clock, 10-0 after 12 minutes.

Jamie Buhrer sliced through the line as he guided his way through the Panthers pack courtesy of a darting run from Kieran Foran. Manly closed the gap to 10-6 approaching the mid-way point of the first half.

Intercepts were the name of the game as Jamal Idris was gifted a four-pointer by Jamie Lyon in the 27th minute. Idris sailed away to ink up the 16-6 lead heading into the break.

Jamie Soward attempted to ice the first half with a field goal on the siren but it just faded from the uprights.

Following the play of the first half, another intercept pass led to Penrith racing away for further points. Jamie Soward plucked a long pass from a scrum play and bolted 80 metres untouched as he fired up the after burners. Penrith extended their lead to 22-6 after 45 minutes.

Tom Symonds was rewarded for his efforts as he collected two tries, one of which won the game for the home side. His first came at 54th minute as Jamie Lyon provided the foundation to cross in the next to the posts. Manly closed the gap to 10 points, 22-12.

Soward opted to extend his side's lead to two converted tries with a penalty goal at the mid-point of the second half, Panthers 24-12.

The Sea Eagles started their fight back and would go on to score three tries which broke the hearts of Penrith supporters as they looked to cement their spot in the top 4.

James Hasson sailed away via a Brett Stewart linking play as Manly cracked the Panthers right hand defence. Manly just 6 points behind as a quarter of the game remained.

Matt Moylan has made a name for himself as ‘The Closer' with several field goal attempts securing Panthers victories in 2014. His magic boot again in play as he gave the Panthers a 7 point lead with just as many minutes on the clock.

Jamie Lyon and Tom Symonds closed out the game for the Sea Eagles which brought the Sea Eagles' faithful to their feet in the final three minutes. It was a game for the ages as Manly claimed victory 26-25.

Steve Matai and Adam Docker will have a trip to the NRL Judiciary with a shoulder (37th minute) and dangerous tackle (43rd minute) charges respectively.

The Sea Eagles will close out the regular season with a trip to North Queensland next Saturday night against the Cowboys. Meanwhile Penrith look to regroup against the Warriors at Sportingbet Stadium next Sunday night.


Match Details
Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 26 Penrith Panthers 25
Venue: Brookvale Oval
Crowd: 18654
Halftime Score: Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 6 Penrith Panthers 16

LeagueUnlimited.com Players of the Match:
3 points - Matt Moylan
2 points - Jamie Lyon
1 point - Jamie Soward

MANLY-WARRINGAH SEA EAGLES (26)
Tries: Jamie Buhrer, Jamie Lyon, Tom Symonds (2), James Hasson
Field Goals:
Conversions: Jamie Lyon (3/5)
Penalty Goals:

PENRITH PANTHERS (25)
Tries: Nigel Plum, Jamie Soward, Josh Mansour, Jamal Idris
Field Goals: Jamie Soward (0/1), Matt Moylan (1/1)
Conversions: Jamie Soward (3/4)
Penalty Goals: Jamie Soward (1/1)


LeagueUnlimited.com Live Commentary

LATE MAIL: Penrith Panthers - Kierran Moseley will make his NRL debut this afternoon in the starting hooking hook with Kevin Kingston out with injury. Sam Anderson is the only other change on the bench as Jeremy Latimore was suspended for a crusher tackle.

LATE MAIL: Sea Eagles - Jason King starts in the front row with Brenton Lawrence out. Dunamis Lui is added to the bench in jersey 18

Welcome to LeagueUnlimited.com's LIVE coverage from Brookvale Oval as we bring you all the action from this top 4 clash between the Penrith Panthers and Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles. Jason King is playing his last home game as he has called curtains on his career.

1: We are UNDERWAY here at Brookvale Oval as Jamie Lyon kicks off for Manly. Panthers with first use of the ball, running right to left across your screen

1: Great opening set from the Panthers, gained 80 metres on the set. Manly with possession deep in their own half

2: Daly Cherry-Evans swings a kick away from just outside the 40 metre line and it takes a harsh bounce and finds the sideline. Panthers take a scrum down at the 20 metre line.

3: First penalty of the game against Anthony Watmough. Holding down in the ruck and not allowing play. Panthers find the sideline and begin their set on the half way line.

4: Back to back penalties for the Panthers, Tom Symonds concedes on this occasion. Jamal Idris worked over in the ruck which sees the Panthers attack 10 metres out

5: TRY PENRITH PANTHERS
Scored by Nigel Plum. Kick to come.

Nigel Plum has surged into the Manly defence after taking a short inside ball from Kierran Moseley and he bags his first try in 2014.

6: SUCCESSFUL CONVERSION PENRITH PANTHERS
Conversion attempt by Jamie Soward successful.

Jamie Soward slots the conversion attempt and the Panthers jump to a 6 point lead

7: UNFORCED ERROR PENRITH PANTHERS
Josh Mansour makes an unforced error.

Josh Mansour has fumbled the ball in the ruck as he attempted to play the ball quickly. Scrum packs for the Sea Eagles on the half way line.

9: UNFORCED ERROR MANLY-WARRINGAH SEA EAGLES
Brett Stewart makes an unforced error.

Brett Stewart rockets an offload into the first row of the grandstand as he darted into a hole on the last tackle. It looked promising for Manly but no point on the end of the running set.

10: Penalty to the Panthers, shoulder charge on Dallin Watene Zelezniak. Jorge Taufua conceding as DWZ chipped ahead on 4th tackle

11: Penalty on the try line against the Sea Eagles, not clearing the ruck and the Panthers have a prime opportunity to attack again

11: VIDEO REFEREE for the Panthers, Josh Mansour is claiming points as Matt Moylan provided the long pass.

12: TRY PENRITH PANTHERS
Scored by Josh Mansour. Kick to come.

Josh Mansour is awarded the Panther second try of the afternoon as he gets the GREEN LIGHTS from the video referee. Matt Moylan linked up with him as the overlap was created on the eastern side.

13: UNSUCCESSFUL CONVERSION PENRITH PANTHERS
Conversion attempt by Jamie Soward unsuccessful.

Jamie Soward with the conversion attempt on the hill side of Brookvale in front of boos of the Manly fans fails to convert.

15: Jamie Soward pockets a kick to the corner on the end of the set but a penalty comes as DWZ stripped out the ball in a 3 man tackle

15: Penalty on last tackle for the Sea Eagles, hand on the ball against Sika Manu. The Sea Eagles with an opportunity now 10 metres out.

16: TRY MANLY-WARRINGAH SEA EAGLES
Scored by Jamie Buhrer. Kick to come.

Jamie Buhrer takes a short pass from Kieran Foran as he was cleaned up. Brilliant play on the back of a quick take from a penalty.

18: SUCCESSFUL CONVERSION MANLY-WARRINGAH SEA EAGLES
Conversion attempt by Jamie Lyon successful.

Jamie Lyon makes no mistake with the conversion attempt from beside the uprights

18: ZERO TACKLE for the Panthers from the kick off. Attacking 15 metres out.

19: UNFORCED ERROR PENRITH PANTHERS
Adam Docker makes an unforced error.

Adam Docker has been hit hard under the ball by Anthony Watmough and it's a scrum feed for Manly 10 metres out from their own line.

20: Penalty to the Sea Eagles, markers not square as Nigel Plum jumped too early. DCE kicks for touch and the Sea Eagles advance to the 30 metre line from the Panthers try line.

21: DWZ bolts away off an intercept as the Sea Eagles spread to the left side of the field. But it appears he has stepped on the sideline as he looked to dart away from Brett Stewart. Scrum will pack for Manly 30 metres out.

22: Jamal Idris reaches over the top of a jumping Jamie Lyon and took the Foran cross field kick beautifully. Panthers have possession deep in their own half.

23: UNFORCED ERROR PENRITH PANTHERS
Josh Mansour makes an unforced error.

Josh Mansour makes another mistake as sailed down the sideline after taking a short pass. Scrum for the Sea Eagles 40 metres out.

24: ZERO TACKLE for the Sea Eagles as Jamie Soward knocked down a long pass, almost an intercept. Manly attacking 20 metres out.

25: UNFORCED ERROR MANLY-WARRINGAH SEA EAGLES
James Hasson makes an unforced error.

James Hasson looking to offload as he surged into a gap, but he dropped it as he was covered up from behind. Scrum for the Panthers 10 metres off their own try line.

26: Kierran Moseley links with Jamie Soward and the Panthers dance up field and dart 50 metres in a run. Panthers attacking deep in the Manly half.

27: VIDEO REFEREE for the Panthers, Jamal Idris comes up with an intercept and bolts away to score.

27: TRY PENRITH PANTHERS
Scored by Jamal Idris. Kick to come.

Jamal Idris gets GREEN LIGHTS as he sailed away after taking an intercept from Jamie Lyon as he tried to link with Tom Symonds. Panthers strike back and Manly take a step back again.

28: SUCCESSFUL CONVERSION PENRITH PANTHERS
Conversion attempt by Jamie Soward successful.

Jamie Soward with the conversion from beside the uprights slots the conversion attempt to make it a 10 point lead

28: FORWARD PASS ruled against the Panthers, Matt Moylan appeared in the previous play to knock on. However the play is eventually called back and it's a scrum for Manly deep in the Panthers half.

29: Another opportunity goes begging from Manly and the Panthers have possession back in hand again.

31: Penalty to the Sea Eagles, offside at marker the call against Ben Murdoch-Masila. DCE kicks for touch and the Sea Eagles attack 20 metres out, incredible kick which went 60 metres!

31: Penalty to the Sea Eagles, strip the call from Jamie Soward. Symonds takes the quick tap and they attack 10 metres out.

32: Back to back peanlties for the Sea Eagles in the red zone. Jamie Soward too slow to clear the ruck

33: VIDEO REFEREE for the Sea Eagles, Jorge Taufua has dived over. Obstruction needs checking

34: NO TRY for the Sea Eagles, penalty and obstruction is the call. DWZ was taken out by Steve Matai on the run through.

37: INCREDIBLE! DWZ with a massive brain explosion. In space and throws it forward to Lewis Brown.

37: Steve Matai is ON REPORT and penalised for a shoulder charge. DWZ taken out as Matai used his shoulder clearly.

38: Adam Docker managed to kick before dropping the ball completely. Manly with possession just off their own try line.

40: UNSUCCESSFUL FIELD GOAL PENRITH PANTHERS
Field goal attempt by Jamie Soward unsuccessful.

Jamie Soward snaps an attempt at field goal on the siren from 40 metres out, but it's wide to the left of the posts

41: Second half is UNDERWAY as Panthers kick off and lead Manly 16-6

42: VIDEO REFEREE for the Panthers, NO TRY for Josh Mansour as he almost jumped on a Jamie Soward grubber kick.

42: UNFORCED ERROR PENRITH PANTHERS
Josh Mansour makes an unforced error.

Josh Mansour brings up his third error of the game, he fumbles a Jamie Soward grubber through the line and it was a try for all money. RED LIGHTS gives Manly possession.

42: Penalty on the back of the scrum for a strip in the first play.

43: Adam Docker penalised for a dangerous tackle on Jason King. Penalty ses Manly attack 10 metres out

45: TRY PENRITH PANTHERS
Scored by Jamie Soward. Kick to come.

Jamie Soward takes an intercept from the base of the scrum and he bolts away 80 metres untouched to score. What speed from Sowie!

46: SUCCESSFUL CONVERSION PENRITH PANTHERS
Conversion attempt by Jamie Soward successful.

Jamie Soward with the conversion attempt adds the extras from right in front of the posts

47: Penalty to the Panthers, offside at the ruck from Manly. Soward finds the sideline and Penrith advance 10 metres short of half way

49: UNFORCED ERROR PENRITH PANTHERS
William Smith makes an unforced error.

Will Smith fumbles the ball too quickly. Not what Penrith needed. Scrum for the Sea Eagles deep in their own half.

50: UNFORCED ERROR MANLY-WARRINGAH SEA EAGLES
Jamie Buhrer makes an unforced error.

Jamie Buhrer drops the from acting half after a line break from Anthony Watmough. Scrum with Penrith now.

51: Anthony Watmough dives on a kick at the line from Jamal Idris and he saves the day for Manly. They have possession 10 metres off their own try line.

51: Penalty to the Sea Eagles, Josh Mansour gets penalised for hands on the ball. Manly attack 10 metres inside the Panthers half.

53: Jamie Soward covers up a pin-point kick from Jamie Lyon and it's a line drop out. Manly getting some possession and looking better when they hold the ball.

53: Penalty to the Sea Eagles, Sika Manu strips out the ball. Anthony Watmough charges up from the tap and Manly attack 20 metres out

54: TRY MANLY-WARRINGAH SEA EAGLES
Scored by Tom Symonds. Kick to come.

Tom Symonds has surged his way over next to the uprights under the attempted tackle of three Panthers. Great ball movement from Jamie Lyon to link up and crash over.

55: SUCCESSFUL CONVERSION MANLY-WARRINGAH SEA EAGLES
Conversion attempt by Jamie Lyon successful.

Jamie Lyon slots the conversion from next to the uprights and the game is back to 10 points.

57: Penalty to the Sea Eagles, Jamie Buhrer concedes. Jamie Soward slots a kick for the sideline

58: Penalty against Manly, Anthony Watmough crowding the ruck. Panthers with possession 10 metres out if that attack with a tap.

59: SUCCESSFUL PENALTY GOAL PENRITH PANTHERS
Penalty goal attempt by Jamie Soward successful.

Jamie Soward with the penalty goal attempt from right in front from 10 metres out makes it a 14 point lead

63: TRY MANLY-WARRINGAH SEA EAGLES
Scored by James Hasson. Kick to come.

James Hasson has sailed away off a beautiful line break and linking play from Brett Stewart. Just what Manly needed!

64: SUCCESSFUL CONVERSION MANLY-WARRINGAH SEA EAGLES
Conversion attempt by Jamie Lyon successful.

Jamie Lyon slots the conversion attempt and it's back to a 6 point game.

67: Lewis Brown fumbles a last tackle kick from Manly but manages to hold onto. Panthers attacking inside their red zone.

68: Jamie Soward aims for a 40/20 but it's taken by Manly. Panthers lead 24-18 with 12 minutes left here

69: NO TRY SYMONDS! Held up by the Panthers. Great defence on the try line as DCE tried to dance away from the defenders.

70: Jamie Buhrer is struggling in back play, limping as Panthers attack 10 metres out

71: SUCCESSFUL FIELD GOAL PENRITH PANTHERS
Field goal attempt by Matt Moylan successful.

Matt Moylan drops back and takes the long pass from Jamie Soward to slot the one-pointer to extend the lead to 7 points.

72: Short kick off attempted, it's taken by Docker. Panthers with it 10 metres short of half way as Jamie Buhrer has limped off the field with a knee injury.

75: UNFORCED ERROR PENRITH PANTHERS
Jamal Idris makes an unforced error.

Jamal Idris has dropped the ball after taking the rushed last tackle play from Foran. Scrum for the Sea Eagles 10 metres out

77: TRY MANLY-WARRINGAH SEA EAGLES
Scored by Jamie Lyon. Kick to come.

Jamie Lyon has sailed away around the outside defenders as Brett Stewart sucked in the markers and guided it perfectly

77: UNSUCCESSFUL CONVERSION MANLY-WARRINGAH SEA EAGLES
Conversion attempt by Jamie Lyon unsuccessful.

Jamie Lyon from the sideline it's missed!

79: TRY MANLY-WARRINGAH SEA EAGLES
Scored by Tom Symonds. Kick to come.

Tom Symonds has sailed away off a DCE bomb kick. Lyon linked away to Peta Hiku who send Symonds over and the Brookie crowd is going nuts!

80: UNSUCCESSFUL CONVERSION MANLY-WARRINGAH SEA EAGLES
Conversion attempt by Jamie Lyon unsuccessful.

Jamie Lyon with the kick misses at goal. An incredible finish from Manly

80: FULL TIME at Brookvale Oval has seen an incredible finish with Manly fighting back to knock off the Panthers. Simply incredible.

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