Panthers push past Manly, next stop Suncorp

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    The Penrith Panthers have booked their spot in the semi-finals with a controversial victory over the Manly Sea Eagles at the Sydney Football Stadium.

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    Manly became the first team to be knocked out of the 2017 finals series, but it wasn’t without a decision at the end which will leave fans bitter.

    With the score locked at ten points all approaching the final five minutes, Bryce Cartwright put in a grubber kick at the line. It deflected off a Manly player’s leg, into the chest, leg and possibly hand of Tyrone Peachey.

    He went on to score, with the bunker ruling the ball didn’t touch his hand on the way forward. It meant the green lights came up, and the Panthers came up with victory on the back of it.

    Despite the controversy, Manly were their own worst enemies. It was a scrappy affair, and they came up with 13 errors throughout, including two in the last five minutes.

    Following the Peachey try, Manly forced a dropout off the kick-off, but a Taupau pass that travelled backwards left Daly Cherry-Evans under pressure and unable to get a kick away.

    Inside the final two minutes, a clearing kick from Nathan Cleary was put down under no pressure by Akuilla Uate, ending Manly’s season with a Bryce Cartwright try putting the icing on the cake.

    While Penrith got some luck at the end, they looked to be the better team for much of the match. There was no sign of a repeat of the sides’ Round 26 game, when Manly intimidated Penrith off the park.

    Instead, the Panthers’ forwards held their own early in the contest. It was penalty goals at either end of the first half for the men from the foot of the mountains, with a try each in between, leaving them up 10-4 at halftime.

    Dylan Walker had the opener for Manly, before Cartwright crashed over for the first of his two tries.

    Lewis Brown scored 22 minutes after halftime to get the game on level terms, but the battle continued to be waged in the middle, with neither team able to break away.

    The Panthers will now travel to Brisbane next week, where they play the Broncos in a sudden-death semi-final.

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    • Roar Guru

      September 9th 2017 @ 9:48pm
      eagleJack said | September 9th 2017 @ 9:48pm | ! Report

      Alright, Ive already moved on as I have said just making the Finals will hold them in good stead for the years to come. Has a real 2005 feel to this team.

      Hopefully the pain on how it ended will guide them through next year. They certainly have some young talent in the squad who will be together for a while yet.

      Good luck to the rest of the teams still left.

      Storm to prove too strong, and too professional.

      • Roar Guru

        September 9th 2017 @ 9:51pm
        The Barry said | September 9th 2017 @ 9:51pm | ! Report

        Good on you eJ…bad luck tonight but congrats on a really positive season. I didn’t think they had much to offer this year and I’m happy to admit I was wrong. Very entertaining side to watch and will build on this for next year.

        I said 18 months ago that you know with Manly they’ll never be down for long.

        • Roar Guru

          September 9th 2017 @ 10:04pm
          eagleJack said | September 9th 2017 @ 10:04pm | ! Report

          Cheers TB. After the last couple of years, just being competitive again was great to see. There looks to be a bit of belief in the squad, but a little immaturity meant they lost a few they should have won. And that ultimately hurt them. And meant they just scraped into the 8.

          I reckon Trent Barrett has a team that could make a dent in the future. Although they are an outside back or two, and a couple of decent forwards shy of being at the top. Surprisingly they have been very quiet on the player market.

          • Roar Guru

            September 10th 2017 @ 9:56am
            Con Scortis said | September 10th 2017 @ 9:56am | ! Report

            “After the last couple of years, just being competitive again was great to see”.

            Awe poor, EJ. Try “the last couple of DECADES” my eagle friend!

      • Roar Guru

        September 9th 2017 @ 10:01pm
        Scott Pryde said | September 9th 2017 @ 10:01pm | ! Report

        Well said EJ,

        Very unlucky tonight. Watching the post match interview with DCE was tough.

        • Roar Guru

          September 9th 2017 @ 10:09pm
          eagleJack said | September 9th 2017 @ 10:09pm | ! Report

          I thought DCE handled it well. You were kind of expecting him to say something controversial, but he kept his cool. Good to see it means so much to them I guess.

          • September 10th 2017 @ 8:16am
            Nico said | September 10th 2017 @ 8:16am | ! Report

            DCE showed what a class act he can be by the way he handled it, Barrett on the other hand… Joey Johns as well culpable for bringing the game into disrepute by trying his hardest to get a juicy statement out of DCE

      • Roar Guru

        September 9th 2017 @ 10:11pm
        Renegade said | September 9th 2017 @ 10:11pm | ! Report

        Good on ya EJ, as you said still a successful season!

    • September 9th 2017 @ 9:59pm
      Peter Phelps said | September 9th 2017 @ 9:59pm | ! Report

      Congratulations to Penrith and commiserations Manly, it was a shame there had to be a loser, Manly played well tonight.

      Have to say that I thought the refs in all finals games so far this weekend have performed well. Its a very hard job but having watched 3 games so far, it has been pretty fair overall.

      Well Done Refs!

    • September 9th 2017 @ 10:02pm
      Tom G said | September 9th 2017 @ 10:02pm | ! Report

      The season has been a roller coaster and was always going to fall a bit short but I just hated seeing them go via rip off.. but I guess there’s always a risk that would happen. Another year and this squad will be really something

    • September 9th 2017 @ 10:12pm
      AGO74 said | September 9th 2017 @ 10:12pm | ! Report

      As a neutral I thought it was a try (of torso onto the inside of thigh) but it’s amazing online to see how many people blowing up.

      • September 9th 2017 @ 10:56pm
        Albo said | September 9th 2017 @ 10:56pm | ! Report

        I’m a Panther fan, but regard myself as a fair assessor of a footy match. In fact I am generally mostly critical of my own team. The Peachy try controversy is a ridiculous carry on ! Penrith might have got the lucky deflection, but the referee was right there and the bunker vision showed no conclusive evidence that there was a knock on . So it was rightfully awarded a try. Penrith were the better team on the night despite handing Manly their two tries and couple more opportunities from dumb errors, but they rightly won the match in the end. Manly had a few opportunities to pinch the game in the second half but they blew them. That’s footy ! They can’t blame the officials for that, there were no incorrect decisions that I saw on all the try scoring opportunities tonight. Of the three matches played so far this weekend, the officials in this match were easily the best for their accuracy of their decision making , despite the apparent carry on by some tonight. Bad luck to Manly and good luck to Penrith who survive at least for another week.

        • September 10th 2017 @ 5:06am
          JVGO said | September 10th 2017 @ 5:06am | ! Report

          But clearly that should never be a try. The rules need to be changed. It is a joke and I’m neutral. If you are trying to catch the ball, fail to catch it and the ball is propelled forward you should not be rewarded for your failure. Similar with the falcon. Cannot score a try off a falcon. Just ridiculous.

          • September 10th 2017 @ 5:54am
            AGO74 said | September 10th 2017 @ 5:54am | ! Report

            In a game where there is already a fair amount of grey you are just wanting to drop even more grey in it. Seriously just leave it as is.

            • Roar Guru

              September 10th 2017 @ 7:40am
              eagleJack said | September 10th 2017 @ 7:40am | ! Report

              Wouldn’t JVGO’s suggestion actually be eliminating the grey?

              • September 10th 2017 @ 7:44pm
                JVGO said | September 10th 2017 @ 7:44pm | ! Report

                Yes. Absolutely idiotic rules. The ball going backwards is not a knock on either. It was the most embarrassing weekend of refereeing in Rugby League since Greg Hartley. Manly and The Sharks were totally stitched up.

          • September 10th 2017 @ 2:18pm
            Jimmmy said | September 10th 2017 @ 2:18pm | ! Report

            I totally agree . You throw me a pass , I grab at the ball , miss it completely and it hits my chest and goes forward. Every Ref in the RL world plus every supporter knows that’s a knock on . Stand under a high ball arms out , miss it with your arms and it goes forward off your chest , same thing knock on.
            Why was Peachy’s any different??

            • September 10th 2017 @ 8:58pm
              Albo said | September 10th 2017 @ 8:58pm | ! Report

              It wasn’t a pass , Jimmy ! It was a kick deliberately deflected by DCE’s leg that hit Peachey’s chest and then onto his thigh . Sure he attempted to grab it but he missed it, according to the referee standing nearby and there was no conclusive TV / Bunker evidence to prove otherwise . He got lucky with the deflection, but the ruling was correct.

        • September 10th 2017 @ 9:10am
          664 the neighbour of the beast said | September 10th 2017 @ 9:10am | ! Report

          I didn’t have a dog in this fight so I really am unbiased!!! It comes off peacheys fingers, you can see the fingers move. And the “carry on” is actually passion from supporters I would imagine…to see there team lose on a poor decision in a eliminating final! I would be a tad frustrated as well to be honest!

          • Roar Guru

            September 10th 2017 @ 10:43am
            The Barry said | September 10th 2017 @ 10:43am | ! Report

            I didn’t have a dog in the fight either. I thought it was probably no try but I’d have been massively frustrated if I was a Panthers fan and the try was disallowed on the evidence available.

            There’s no right or wrong in those situations. It’s one persons decision on something that even as fans we can’t come close to agreeing on what happened.

            • September 10th 2017 @ 7:45pm
              JVGO said | September 10th 2017 @ 7:45pm | ! Report

              Let’s just go and watch AFL where no one is ever expected to catch the ball then.

    • September 9th 2017 @ 10:12pm
      Simon said | September 9th 2017 @ 10:12pm | ! Report

      Good game

    • September 9th 2017 @ 10:18pm
      Chui said | September 9th 2017 @ 10:18pm | ! Report

      Over to you Tony Archer

      • September 9th 2017 @ 11:14pm
        Tom G said | September 9th 2017 @ 11:14pm | ! Report

        My bet will be he’ll back the incompetence 100%.

        • September 10th 2017 @ 7:19am
          kingcowboy said | September 10th 2017 @ 7:19am | ! Report

          How is he incompetent? No way you could tell either way. Only one person knows for sure if it was a knock on and that is Peachy. Manly where not good enough on the night. Move on!

          • September 10th 2017 @ 11:02am
            Tom G said | September 10th 2017 @ 11:02am | ! Report

            Cow fans are still banging on about Forans hand of god … it’s even in the press today and you want me to move on.

            • September 10th 2017 @ 1:29pm
              kingcowboy said | September 10th 2017 @ 1:29pm | ! Report

              I agree 100%. Manly won that game. No excuses. We weren’t good enough in that game. Only losers make excuses!

              • September 10th 2017 @ 5:10pm
                Tom G said | September 10th 2017 @ 5:10pm | ! Report

                Not saying anything can be done and of course you move is a game mate no suicide watch necessary! The fact remains however that in my opinion, obviously not yours the referees get it wrong lots of times when they shouldn’t and they get blind faith support from Archer and some supporters when it suits them. Their performance last night had a massive bearing on that game period.

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