Welcome to news.com.au’s live coverage of the NRL Grand Final.
The showdown between the Panthers and Broncos is the decider NRL fans have craved with the two clubs roaring into the Grand Final as the hottest teams in the competition.
Kick-off is scheduled for 7.30pm AEDT at Accor Stadium in Sydney.
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Panthers coach Ivan Cleary and his star-studded team are standing on the edge of history – no club has won three straight Premierships in the NRL era (1998 onwards) – the last team to do so was Parramatta 40 years ago in 1981-83.
The Broncos, the self proclaimed biggest club in rugby league, are hoping to end the club’s longest premiership drought which dates back to 2006.
4pm – State vs state champions crowned
South Sydney has dominated the Brisbane Tigers to take out Sunday’s State Championship.
Rabbitohs teenager Tyrone Munro was the star of the show with a hat-trick in the 42-16 win.
Lara Pitt said on Fox League: “Glory, glory rings out at Accor Stadium our first of three grand final match ups between the blue and Maroon states and it is the team from NSW the South Sydney Rabbitohs with the bragging rights in this state championship.
“They celebrate there and last week they ended a 40-year drought in the NSW Cup and today they ran away with it with a stellar performance in the second half.
“42-22 victory over the Brisbane Tigers. Tyrone Munro sealed the deal for them and he sealed it for them last week and he was a star on show for them today.”
3.30pm – ‘I’m stunned’: Grand Final crowd nobody saw coming
Broncos fans have outnumbered Panthers fans in the hours leading into kick-off on Sunday night.
Fox Sports News showed Sydney Olympic Park was dominated by Broncos fans with their Panthers’ opposites appearing to be waiting as long as possible before making the trip to Accor Stadium in the burning Sydney heat.
“I’m stunned by the number of Broncos fans who are out and about,” NRL journalist Andrew Webster tweeted.
“Either in the city (where I live) and Sydney Olympic Park (where I’ve been) — including one man who was at the MCG yesterday to watch the Lions, then caught a train to Sydney for the GF. That’s commitment.”
Cronulla legend Paul Gallen also said on Channel 9 he was surprised and said the Broncos fans were outnumbering Panthers fans 2-1 or even 3-1.
12pm – Kevin Walters blasts Walsh critics, fans
Brisbane Broncos coach Kevin Walters says “people are jealous” of Reece Walsh after the star fullback got into an altercation with a Penrith supporter on Friday.
At the NRL’s Fan Fest in Sydney on Friday ahead of the NRL Grand Final, a young fan in a Panthers jumper supposedly made a comment to Walsh that the 21-year-old didn’t take kindly to.
The video on social media does not show what was initially said, but it has been alleged by witnesses a fan called out to Walsh: “Moses Leota will take your head off this weekend.”
Leota, an imposing prop, will be in the Penrith team aiming for a rare NRL three-peat in Sunday’s Grand Final.
Rather than ignore the comment, Walsh couldn’t resist responding.
“I’ll take your mum’s,” Walsh is clearly heard saying in a video that has been widely circulated on social media.
Walters said on Saturday: “The amount of people who love him or hate him … we’re in a bit of foreign territory here in NSW, so there are people jealous of Reece because of the way he plays, his looks and all those things.
“That’s something he’s going to have to get on top of for the rest of his career.