80 min: Clint Newton takes the shot at goal in his final act as a Panther and lands it. 38-26.
79 min: That'll do it. Mose Masoe barrels over and Manly will face the Roosters next Saturday. Panthers 36 Manly 26, kick to come.
77 min: What just happened there? Luke Walsh shifts left before getting the ball back a few plays later and kicks to the corner, perfectly weighted, for former Sea Eagles winger Dean Whare to score what could be the matchwinner. Penrith 30 Manly 26, kick to come.
73 min: David Williams over in the corner and a grandstand finish is coming up here. Already looking at a short turnaround should they prevail today, the last thing Manly want is golden-point extra time. Penrith 26 Manly 24, kick to come.
72 min: Josh Mansour knocks on and gives Manly the chance to get back into this one. Scrum 35m out.
68 min: Another penalty to the Panthers who can go six clear should they so desire.
65 min: Clint Newton barrels over and the Panthers are back in front. 22-20 with a kick to come.
64 min: George Rose penalised right in front of the sticks. Travesty really. Look for him and Sam McKendry to come together again before the day's out. Massive set here.
63 min: Luke Walsh goes the chip 'n chase on the last but the Eagles are equal to the task.
58 min: The Panthers come up with an absolute trysaver on Williams but concede a penalty in the process. Manly hard to stop from here.
56 min: Jamie Lyon unable to slot the conversion from out wide. Score remains Manly 20 Penrith 18.
54 min: TRY to Steve Matai who crosses in the corner after some handy lead-up work from Gutherson and Tom Symonds, and my Friday grudge match with my Souths-loving housemate is once again looking good. Manly back in front 20-18, kick to come...
47 min: Sea Eagles unable to break through. Great defence from the Panthers.
43 min: Josh Mansour over in the corner. On-field call is try and it's hard to see this one being overruled. Potentially 16-16.
38 min: Segeyaro knocks on 20m out from his own line and Manly have a golden opportunity to kick further ahead before the break.
33 min: James Segeyaro scores from dummy half and it's game well and truly on. Sadface. Manly 16 Penrith 10, kick to come.
29 min: TRY. Penrith are on the board and it was pretty tidy actually. Lachlan Coote and Luke Walsh combine after Walsh stabs a little grubber toward the posts which Coote scoops up and offloads back to Walsh who scores. Manly 16 Penrith 4.
25 min: Lyon successful again with the conversion. Manly now lead 16-0.
24 min: Try time. Daly Cherry-Evans finds the smallest of gaps and darts through to score. Great stuff. Manly 14 Penrith 0, kick to come.
22 min: Brad Tighe spills Foran's kick over the dead-ball line and Manly will be on the right end of a line dropout.
16 min: How quick this game can change. The Panthers shift left and begin to look dangerous off the back of Hiku's error but Tighe can't hold the pass and David Williams pounces to run near 100m to score. We're looking at a potential knock-on when Williams picked it up but this should be a try. Manly 8 Penrith 0.
12 min: Jamie Lyon unable to add the extras. Score remains Manly 6 Penrith 0..
10 min: Gutherson's debut just got a lot better. He gets onto and offload at pace and scores the opener in the corner. The young bloke can't stop smiling. Manly 4 Penrith 0, kick to come.
9 min: Daly Cherry-Evans comes up with a 40/20 despite Lachlan Coote's best efforts.
8 min: Brad Tighe on the attack for Penrith and pulled down just short of the line. Sika Manu ends up with it and goes the old kick and chase but it comes to nothing and Manly are in possession once more.
7 min: Penrith do well to defend two repeat sets. Still 0-0 at Brookvale.
5 min: The Wolfman makes the bust up the right flank before offloading to Cherry-Evans and now they're 10m out on the last.
1 min: Inauspicious start to Gutherson's NRL career, slipping on his first run.
A Manly win means they'd face Souths in the first week of the finals next Friday, while a loss pits them against the Roosters in Saturday's double-header.
For Manly, George Rose moves into the starting front row replacing Brenton Lawrence, while Tom Symonds moves to the bench. A glimpse into the future for the Sea Eagles with Clint Gutherson and Jake Trbojevic making their first-grade debuts today.
JAMES POLSON: Good afternoon and welcome to today's live coverage of the Sea Eagles hosting the Panthers. It's already been a big weekend in Manly territory but enough about that. We're a few minutes from kick-off and I'll be back shortly with the team changes.
Brookvale Oval, Sunday 2pm (AEST)
Last meeting: Round 12 2012 - Panthers 22 bt Sea Eagles 4 at Centrebet Stadium
Head-to-head: Sea Eagles 49 Panthers 27 drawn 1
Referees: Adam Devcich, Phil Haines
TV: Live, FoxSports 1
TAB: Sea Eagles $1.15 Panthers $5.75
FootyTab: Panthers +15.5
Phil Mitchell writes: Manly will be without four star players as they look to clinch a third-place finish on Sunday. Brett Stewart and Jamie Buhrer were both injured in the Sea Eagles’ win against Melbourne last Saturday and will join Anthony Watmough and Jorge Taufua on the sideline this weekend. Manly’s defeat of the Storm was impressive as any this season and they will be keen to maintain their momentum before a qualifying final against either Souths or the Roosters. Penrith’s brave finals tilt ended with a loss to Canterbury last weekend, leaving them with little to play apart from pride and the chance to send their departing quartet of Luke Walsh, Mose Masoe (both St Helens), Lachlan Coote (Cowboys) and Clint Newton (released) out on a high.
Phil's tip: Sea Eagles by 12
AAP writes: Locked into finishing either third or fourth, Manly don’t have much to gain against a Penrith side already out of finals contention. That much was obvious when both Brett Stewart and Anthony Watmough were not named, the pair given the weekend off to rest injuries. Coach Geoff Toovey could also give some other stars more time on the bench, with the possibility of the Sea Eagles having a short preparation for their opening finals encounter.
Key: Motivation. What is in it for either side to get the win other than keeping their fans happy?
SEA EAGLES: Peta Hiku, Tom Symonds, Jamie Lyon (c), Steve Matai, David Williams, Kieran Foran, Daly Cherry-Evans, Brenton Lawrence, Matt Ballin, Brent Kite, David Gower, Justin Horo, Glenn Stewart. Interchange: Richie Fa’aoso, James Hasson, Jesse Sene-Lefao, George Rose.
PANTHERS: Lachlan Coote, Josh Mansour, Brad Tighe, Dean Whare, David Simmons, Isaac John, Luke Walsh, Sam McKendry, Kevin Kingston (c), Nigel Plum, Lewis Brown, Sika Manu, Ryan Simpkins. Interchange: James Segeyaro, Clint Newton, Jeremy Latimore, Mose Masoe, Nathan Smith (one to be omitted).