Manly will play Sydney Uni for the right to be the first side into the Shute Shield grand final - and they've picked up a new fan in Wallabies star Kurtley Beale as they look to land the club's first top grade premiership in 18 years.
Kurtley Beale, who turned out for Randwick in Manly's 33-21 qualifying final win on Saturday, is confident the Marlins can get over the top of the Students and go the whole way.
"Manly are a great team and have always been a force in the Shute Shield and I wish them all the best for the rest of the year," Beale said in between photo requests on Manly Oval.
"They've got a strong halves combination in Matt Lucas and Sam Lane and, if those guys keep going, I think they can go the extra step this year."
Beale played around 70 minutes but didn’t have a major impact on the game, with the Marlins keeping him well contained in front of another healthy Manly Oval crowd.
The hosts, despite numerous injuries, led from start to finish to book a preliminary final berth back at the Village Green next Saturday.
Winger Sireli Tagicakibau, who earned a late, late call-up as a replacement for Richard Hooper, got us underway with Manly's first try after just three minutes.
Manly then lost Reece Hodge for the day with a corked thigh while Matt Lucas headed to the blood bin after being opened up.
The consistent Dennis Pili-Gaitau soon doubled Manly's lead with a smart try, Sam Lane adding the extras and then a penalty for a 15-0 advantage.
It was then that the Galloping Greens mounted a mini-revival.
They went bang, bang to score two converted tries, reducing the margin to just one.
Manly needed something special and fullback BJ Hartmann obliged, producing an outrageous flick pass for Alex Northam to score in the hill corner after good lead-up from Tagicakibau.
BJ is now answering to the nickname 'Benji', if anyone's asking.
That try, which went viral online, pushed the hosts out to a 20-14 advantage before quick-thinking Lane potted a drop goal after the bell for a 23-14 halftime lead.
A Lane penalty early in the second half stretched Manly's lead before Cadeyrn Neville was binned for a late hit.
This is where the game could easily have been won or lost, but the Marlins dug deep to keep Randwick scoreless during this period
Northam then stepped up to complete his double eight minutes from time, sealing the deal for the boys in blue.
"It was always going to be hard – Randwick were playing for their season – and they didn't disappoint," coach Damien Cummins said.
"They competed hard at the breakdown and made us work for it.
"We had plenty to overcome with a few injuries and the boys had to dig deep, but it will hold us in good stead for next week."
Talking about next week, Turtle, your thoughts?
"We've just got to win."
Amen to that.
Kick-off is at the special time of 2.40pm, with seconds (12.55pm) and fourths (9.55am) also in action against Uni.