NRL grand final 2020 LIVE: Panthers vs Storm kick-off time, results, news, video
NRL Grand Final: Heartbreak for Panthers young gun as Cleary makes brutal call
ANZ Stadium has “sold out” for the NRL grand final on Sunday to end a season that many punters thought would never happen.
The western Sydney stadium is allowed to operate at 50 per cent capacity despite the coronavirus pandemic, which threatened to shut down the entire competition.
It means 40,000 people will be on hand ot watch Melbourne and Penrith do battle for the Provan Summons Trophy.It’s an incredible achievement given the NRL shut up shop in the face of COVID before boldly pushing on with the competition in May under strict guidelines and protocols.
Soaked conditions at Sydney's ANZ Stadium will play in Melbourne's hands in the NRL grand final against Penrith.Even Panthers 2003 premiership captain Craig Gower made that admission, speaking with Nine pre-match. He said that Penrith could not fall into the trap of over-simplifying their game plan despite the wet.
Storm legend and Nine commentator Billy Slater said that he gave Melbourne a genuine edge in the wet. He said that a Storm win may be the final tick for the retirement plans of Melbourne captain Cameron Smith, which remain unclear
NRL Grand Final 2020 Panthers v Storm, start time, teams, how to watch, live stream, entertainment
The NRL grand final has its first heartbreak story just hours before the kickoff.
After 18 games this year, Panthers centre Brent Naden is to be omitted from Penrith's 17-man squad to play Melbourne Storm at ANZ Stadium.
The Daily Telegraph understands Naden will warm up with the team as 18th man.
Coach Ivan Cleary made the tough decision on Sunday to start with Tyrone May in the right centre position and Mitch Kenny on the interchange bench to balance out the side.
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