The Penrith Panthers lead the Parramatta Eels 18-0 within the 2022 NRL Grand Last at Accor Stadium.
“This can be a search and destroy mission,” Andrew Johns mentioned of the fiery begin to the sport.
The Panthers dominated the primary half with tries to Stephen Crichton, Brian To’o and Scott Sorensen to have the shell-shocked Eels reeling.
“It’s onerous to consider a extra dominant first half effort from the Panthers all season they usually have saved it till Grand Last night time,” Thompson.
“They’re making an attempt to change into the third group in 30 years to defend their title they usually have began with army precision.”
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Cleary put the ball on a dime for Scott Sorensen with a perfeclty timed grubber to push the lead out to 18.
“Too good from Nathan Cleary,” Cameron Smith mentioned.
The Eels gave away a vital penalty permitting Nathan Cleary to fit a penalty aim and push the lead out to 12 factors.
The Eels had been responsible of a poor kick chase which led to Brian To’o scoring the second attempt of the night time for the Panthers.
“That was a horrible kick-chase, 16 minutes into the Grand Last. That’s your bread and butter,” Andrew Johns mentioned.
“You may hint it again to the kick chase, it’s horrible.”
Panthers centre Stephen Crichton charged onto an inside go from Dylan Edwards to barge over for the primary attempt of the Grand Last.
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LATE CHANGES AS TEAMS CONFIRMED
Api Koroisau has been benched with Mitch Kenny to begin persevering with a current ploy from Ivan Cleary with the Panthers confirming their group.
For the Eels Marata Niukore will begin at lock with Ryan Matterson switching to the bench, whereas Nathan Brown will come off the pine in his return to the aspect.
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FULL GAME PREVIEW
After a gruelling NRL season the minor premiers Penrith Panthers tackle arch rivals the Parramatta Eels within the large dance for a shot on the final prize.
The Panthers have been the benchmark all season, however the Eels have crushed them twice and are peaking on the proper time of 12 months.
The sport pits arguably its greatest participant in Nathan Cleary up towards Eels counterpart Mitchell Moses in a mouth-watering battle of the star playmakers.
Eels skipper Clint Gutherson will go head-to-head with sensible Panthers No.1 Dylan Edwards in a conflict of the workhorses on the again.
The battle between Panthers rake Koroisau and Eels hooker Reed Mahoney can have an enormous impression on the outcome.
As will the battle between livewire five-eighths Jarome Luai and Dylan Brown, who possess the brilliance to supply a match profitable second on their very own.
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Nonetheless, the sport will finally be determined by an epic battle of the ahead packs and their means to set the tone for his or her sensible backs.
The Eels’ twin towers of Reagan Campbell-Gillard and Paulo come up towards Panthers enforcers James Fisher-Harris and Moses Leota within the entrance row.
Within the again row Viliame Kikau and Liam Martin will lead the Panthers’ cost up towards Eels counterparts Shaun Lane and Isaiah Papali’i.
Panthers skipper Isaah Yeo might be essential to his aspect’s probabilities of going back-to-back and can come up towards Ryan Matterson and Brown off the bench.
The Eels lead the season battles 2-1, however the Panthers have the expertise of the final two grand finals to lean on towards the inexperienced Parramatta aspect on the subject of deciders.
Nonetheless, the shape information appears to be like set to exit the window as the 2 sides go head-to-head in what guarantees to be an epic battle of the west to crown the 2022 NRL champions.
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Panthers: 1. Dylan Edwards 2. Charlie Staines 3. Izack Tago 4. Stephen Crichton 5. Brian To’o 6. Jarome Luai 7. Nathan Cleary 8. Moses Leota 14. Mitch Kenny 10. James Fisher-Harris 11. Viliame Kikau 12. Liam Martin 13. Isaah Yeo 9. Apisai Koroisau 15. Scott Sorensen 16. Spencer Leniu 17. Jaeman Salmon. 18th man: 18. Sean O’Sullivan
Players Cut:19. Matt Eisenhuth 20. J’maine Hopgood 21. Sunia Turuva 22. Chris Smith
Eels: 1. Clinton Gutherson 2. Maika Sivo 3. Will Penisini 4. Bailey Simonsson 5. Waqa Blake 6. Dylan Brown 7. Mitchell Moses 8. Reagan Campbell-Gillard 9. Reed Mahoney 10. Junior Paulo 11. Shaun Lane 12. Isaiah Papali’i 17. Marata Niukore 13. Ryan Matterson 14. Nathan Brown 15. Jakob Arthur 16. Oregon Kaufusi. 18th man: 18. Bryce Cartwright
Players Cut: 19. Makahesi Makatoa 20. Tom Opacic 21. Ofahiki Ogden 22. Ky Rodwell
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KOROISAU REPLACEMENT SHINES IN STATE CHAMPIONSHIP
The Penrith Panthers could also be in motion within the NRL grand ultimate in a while Sunday night time however first their depth will was on full show within the State Championship.
Having received the NSW Cup decider final week, Penrith earned the proper to face Queensland aspect Norths Devils and the Panthers placed on a present early.
With Apisai Koroisau on the best way to the Tigers subsequent season, many are predicting the Panthers could battle to supply the identical heights however back-up hooker Soni Luke has one thing to say about that.
He first put in a deft kick for J’Maine Hopgood, who is off to Parramatta next year, before going himself soon after to score.
Silky ball-playing from Matt Eisenhuth then put Eddie Blacker over for Penrith’s third of the game.
THURSTON’S FAIL AT GRAND FINAL RE-KICK
Cowboys legend Johnathan Thurston produced an epic fail in an attempt to re-live his infamous missed sideline conversion attempt, which would have won the 2015 Grand Final.
Thurston missed a sideline conversion on the bell in the 2015 decider to force extra time where he then iced the match winning field goal.
At halftime of the state championship match between Penrith Panthers and North Devils on 2022 Grand Final day, Thurston tried to re-write history from 20 metres out on the touch line.
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However, the future Immortal wasn’t helped by a lack of boots and the fact that he was decked out in a suit and he sprayed his kick short and wide to the left.
Thurston can laugh about it in his trademark chuckle because despite the two missed kicks seven years apart the 2015 premiership is in the history books in the Cowboys’ favour.
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‘HE’LL BE SLEDGING HIM’: PANTHERS PLAN TO UNSETTLE MOSES
Rugby league legend Andrew Johns believes the Panthers have a plan to unsettle Parramatta’s star halfback Mitchell Moses.
The eighth Immortal defined if Ivan Cleary’s aspect wish to get the higher hand over their cross-town rivals, they should take Moses out of the competition.
“I believe they’ve bought to unsettle Mitchell Moses,” Johns mentioned on WWOS.
“I believe in the event that they get to Moses, he’s the actual key for Parramatta – honourable halfback, does many of the kicking, organises effectively.
“If they’ll get to Mitch Moses, (they) can put him off but in addition Parra.”
Johns, who received two premierships with the Knights in 1997 and 2001, mentioned one man can have an enormous position to play in “agitating” the Eels No.7 — Jarome Luai.
“It’ll be Luai. He’ll be sledging him, hitting him late, agitating him, getting gamers at him,” Johns mentioned.
“The entire sport simply at him, at him, at him.”
Luai has been vocal within the lead-up to the grand ultimate, declaring Penrith the dominant rugby league breeding floor over the Parramatta area.
“You may name us daddy,” Luai mentioned.
“Issues have modified,” To’o instructed the SMH.
“There aren’t that many children coming by the Parramatta system which can be from the west. Nearly all of the folks which can be within the Parramatta group come from different international locations or different elements of NSW … and even Penrith.
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‘I DON’T LIKE IT’: PANTHERS LEGEND NOT A FAN OF API SWITCH
Panthers premiership hero Craig Gower believes Ivan Cleary can not afford to bench Apisai Koroisau as his former aspect prepares for Sunday’s grand ultimate towards Parramatta.
Cleary began utility Mitch Kenny at hooker final week, with South Sydney skipping out to an early lead earlier than the scheming Koroisau helped navigate the Panthers to a comeback victory.
Talking on Triple M’s ‘Saturday Scrum’, The Daily Telegraph’s David Riccio said Penrith could pull the late switch again in a bid to negate a tactic that has previously been used to try tire the crafty Koroisau.
“Over the past couple of weeks we’ve seen Ivan Cleary make the subtle change to his starting line-up, which includes Mitch Kenny in his starting line-up and leaving Apisai Koroisau to provide impact and come off the bench,” Riccio said.
“A lot of fans are confused by this given the standard in the game of Koroisau. The Panthers notice a lot of teams are starting to spot Koroisau up and by that I mean send a lot of their big men at Koroisau to make him make those tackles early in the game.
“Mitch Kenny is highly-regarded as one of the best defensive dummy-halves, certainly not as creative as Koroisau, but to take the sting out of the first 20 minutes. It will be interesting to see if Ivan goes down that path again.”
Gower though is not a fan of the move, arguing it makes it easier for opposition teams to rush up on Nathan Cleary as the Penrith halfback looks to gain the advantage early with his kicking game.
“I don’t like it on the reason of last week we lacked a bit of direction out there and it also gives the defence more time to get to Nathan and more of the attacking players,” Gower said.
“Api is just so deceiving out there, you don’t know what he is going to do. That just adds the element to the defensive line of, ‘We’ve got to wait and sit’ instead of going and rushing up to Nathan because there’s not enough deception at that position.
“Hopefully they go with Api. He’s a State of Origin player and adds so much to their attack and it gives Nathan and Luai so much time.”
Meanwhile, Parramatta is reportedly considering a big selection call of its own, starting Nathan Brown and sending Ryan Matterson to the bench.
It is a tactical decision that has the approval of Dragons forward Aaron Woods.
“I don’t mind (Brown starting) because you’re fighting fire with fire,” Woods said on Triple M’s ‘Saturday Scrum’
“I actually don’t mind Marata Niukore starting, I’d probably put Paulo back to the bench and start Brown. We did that with Origin, you’ve got a massive body on the bench. If Brown can hold his own against Fisher-Harris and Leota, then Paulo would come on when those two are off.
“It’s a big thinking plan for Parramatta.”
Premiership-winning five-eighth Johnathan Thurston, meanwhile, called the decision to include Brown in the side a “masterstroke” from Brad Arthur.
“He’s got that aggressive mindset,” Thurston said.
“He loves the contact. He loves the aggression and that’s what they need because if the Panthers forward pack starts to get on a roll, that’s when Cleary and Luai come into their own and they’ll just dominate from there.”
MANLY STAR OPENS UP ON ‘WHAT-IF’ MOMENT AHEAD OF GF
Speaking of Parramatta’s forward pack, Martin Taupau could have been a welcome addition for the Eels.
Taupau looked set to make the switch to the Eels before the August 1 deadline but had his request to join Parramatta denied twice by Manly coach Des Hasler.
Speaking to The Sun-Herald, Taupau opened up for the primary time about his frustrations over the missed alternative.
“It’s at all times the what-if, however it’s unhappy as a result of it may have been a chance I used to be enjoying tomorrow night time,” Taupau mentioned.
“It was solely a actuality for a small period of time, however that window of alternative was closed by Manly.
“I may have requested for a launch by way of textual content message or cellphone name, however that’s not who I’m. I went on two events to ask Des for a launch. Sadly, it wasn’t granted.
“Des had his causes. Clearly you get pissed off when folks don’t meet you the place you’re at together with your journey.
“It was extra irritating with the way it unravelled. I went to ask the membership across the similar time there was the rainbow jersey [issue], then I had a member of the family die out of the blue and I needed to go to Melbourne [for the funeral].
“However Des and I are large believers in issues occurring for a motive. In my thoughts I used to be prepared for something. Parramatta had been as a consequence of play towards Manly, and I used to be ready to put on the blue and gold jersey. It’s my job.”
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