IT WAS was former Manly star Dean Whare who broke the hearts of his ex-teammates at Brookvale Oval yesterday, scoring an incredible try to help ice a memorable 38-26 win to the Panthers.
The result consigned the Sea Eagles to fourth place and a match-up against the Roosters in Saturday night's qualifying final.
The play started with a long, speculative pass to Lewis Brown from departing halfback Luke Walsh and ended back with Walsh who produced a pinpoint cross-field kick for Whare to score out wide.
The Panthers announced the shrewd signing of Whare last May after being forced to offload some star players due to salary cap pressure, and the 23-year-old has enjoyed a consistent 2013, playing every game.
Manly flexed its muscles early with tries to rookie Clinton Gutherson, David Williams and Daly Cherry-Evans before Walsh and hooker James Segeyaro crossed to leave Penrith trailing 16-12 at half-time.
The visitors jumped out to a 26-20 lead with 11 minutes on the clock before Williams equalised with his 19th try of the season. But the Panthers added two more converted tries to Whare and Mose Masoe who played his last game for the club before heading to English Super League club St Helens.
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