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Australia Melbourne Storm controversially lead NRL Grand Final against Panthers

12:15  25 october  2020
12:15  25 october  2020 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Melbourne has stormed into an early - and controversial - lead against the Penrith Panthers in the NRL's historic 2020 Grand Final.

The Storm led the young Penrith side 22-0 at halftime at Sydney's ANZ Stadium after hours of wet weather and rain battered the field.

Melbourne headed into the match as hot favourites, despite the Panthers team celebrating 17 straight victories and only one loss all season.

Within seconds of the 7.30pm kickoff, the Storm had produced the first error of the evening, knocking on from the kickoff.

But within three and a half minutes, Storm centre Justin Olam had found the line.

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But the Panthers won a Grand Final in 2003 in similar weather conditions against Sydney The Penrith Panthers made their first Grand Final appearance in 1990 under the guidance of Meanwhile Melbourne Storm have been largely considered the most dominant NRL club in modern history.

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a group of people standing in front of a crowd: By 30 minutes in, Storm led the young Penrith side 14-0 at ANZ Stadium, after hours of wet weather and rain battered the field © Provided by Daily Mail By 30 minutes in, Storm led the young Penrith side 14-0 at ANZ Stadium, after hours of wet weather and rain battered the field Josh Addo-Carr standing in front of a crowd: The Melbourne team, who have spent the better part of 2020 living, quarantining and training on the Sunshine Coast to escape Victoria's crippling lockdown, were granted permission to fly to Sydney on Saturday to rest up before the game. Pictured: Josh Addo-Carr © Provided by Daily Mail The Melbourne team, who have spent the better part of 2020 living, quarantining and training on the Sunshine Coast to escape Victoria's crippling lockdown, were granted permission to fly to Sydney on Saturday to rest up before the game. Pictured: Josh Addo-Carr

Penrith utility Tyrone May used his foot to kick the ball out of his hands resulting in a  penalty try to the favourites.

Minutes later, Penrith also looked certain to score but were turned away on the line when the Storm defence rallied and denied Josh Mansour.

The Melbourne team, who have spent the better part of 2020 living, quarantining and training on the Sunshine Coast to escape Victoria's lockdown, were granted permission to fly to Sydney on Saturday to rest up before the game.

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The same courtesy was not offered last weekend to their Canberra Raiders competitors, who crashed out of the competition hours after flying into Brisbane for the preliminary final.

The Sunshine State did not grant them an exemption to fly in early for the match.

As per Queensland's quarantine rules, Storm players and staff were ordered to remain in their hotel rooms until arriving at ANZ stadium for Sunday night's game.

They appeared nothing short of energetic as they made their way around the sheds hours before kickoff.

Meanwhile the Panthers travelled the hour from Panthers, at the foot of the Blue Mountains, after they were greeted by hordes of fans.

a large brown dog sitting on a couch: Pictured: A Storm fan dressed their dog up ahead of the Grand Final match © Provided by Daily Mail Pictured: A Storm fan dressed their dog up ahead of the Grand Final match a person wearing a costume: The Melbourne team, who have spent the better part of 2020 living, quarantining and training on the Sunshine Coast to escape Victoria's crippling lockdown, were granted permission to fly to Sydney on Saturday to rest up before the game © Provided by Daily Mail The Melbourne team, who have spent the better part of 2020 living, quarantining and training on the Sunshine Coast to escape Victoria's crippling lockdown, were granted permission to fly to Sydney on Saturday to rest up before the game

Penrith fans have gone all out since last Saturday, when the team edged out South Sydney Rabbitohs for a spot in the big dance.

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Second preliminary final : Melbourne Storm 30 def. Canberra Raiders 10 The Storm got off to a It was the Rabbitohs who’d take the early lead through and Alex Johnston try, but the Panthers hit The Panthers progressed after winning both their qualifying final and preliminary final against the

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Local businesses and devout fans have been living in their jerseys, decorating their homes and buildings with balloons, streamers and even baking themed snacks to celebrate their team's first Grand Final appearance in 17 years.

One local family told Daily Mail Australia the household had been buzzing with 'a special kind of energy' since last weekend.

'This whole season has been different. We knew it would come,' they said.

'This team is special.'

On Sunday morning they stocked the fridge with alcohol, blew up balloons in black, red, yellow and green and attached streamers to their roof, certain their team would be victorious.

The Penrith Panthers made their first Grand Final appearance in 1990 under the guidance of coach Phil Gould, but lost to a star-studded Canberra Raiders outfit.

Just 12 months later, a rematch Grand Final yielded very different results, and the boys from the foot of the mountains secured their first premiership win.

a room filled with lots of different fruits: Local businesses and devout fans have been living in their jerseys, decorating their homes and buildings with balloons, streamers and even baking themed snacks to celebrate their team's first Grand Final appearance in 17 years © Provided by Daily Mail Local businesses and devout fans have been living in their jerseys, decorating their homes and buildings with balloons, streamers and even baking themed snacks to celebrate their team's first Grand Final appearance in 17 years a screen shot of a video game in the living room: Penrith fans have gone all out since last Saturday, when the team edged out South Sydney Rabbitohs for a spot in the big dance © Provided by Daily Mail Penrith fans have gone all out since last Saturday, when the team edged out South Sydney Rabbitohs for a spot in the big dance

But the last time the club tasted victory was in 2003, when the then minor premiers secured a shock win over the Sydney Roosters.

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Given the youth of the current 2020 side, most of the men would've been pre-schoolers and toddlers at the time.

Meanwhile Melbourne Storm have been largely considered the most dominant NRL club in modern history.

With appearances in five of the last 10 Grand Finals, there was mounting concern a young Panthers contingent simply couldn't beat a side with so much experience.

The club notoriously had the 2007 and 2009 premierships wiped from the record after admitting to breaching the salary cap, but went on to win again in 2012 and 2017.

Fans of the game packed into ANZ Stadium on Sunday night, which could only facilitate 40,000 people due to COVID-19 restrictions.

a group of people posing for the camera: One eager Penrither Panthers fan performed a 'shoey' ahead of the game on Sunday night © Provided by Daily Mail One eager Penrither Panthers fan performed a 'shoey' ahead of the game on Sunday night

More fans were welcomed at the Panthers' home stadium back in Penrith, where tickets were sold for diehard fans to watch the game on the big screens.

Local pubs and clubs were also brimming with patrons - all wearing their club colours.

Meanwhile in Melbourne, fans were discouraged from heading out of home to watch the game anywhere as the city fights to get a second wave of COVID-19 under control.

Premier Daniel Andrews was expected to ease restrictions on Sunday, but reneged on the promise after a spike in infections.

The NRL very nearly never had a 2020 season when the pandemic all but shut down Australia in late March.

The game was suspended for two months as figureheads worked hard to figure out a way to make the game sustainable during a pandemic.

On May 28, the code became the first to restart, alongside strict player protocols and a bubble which kept players isolated.

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