Sport NRL Grand Final 2020: Sporting News' predictions for Panthers vs Storm decider

05:41  23 october  2020
05:41  23 october  2020 Source:   sportingnews.com

The Roar’s NRL expert tips and predictions: Preliminary finals

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The 2020 NRL grand final is upon us, with the Penrith Panthers set to take on the Melbourne Storm on Sunday night at ANZ Stadium.

Both sides have been the two best sides all season - Penrith's 17-game winning streak something almost unheard of in the modern game, while the Storm keep on ticking.

So on Sunday night, will it be the Nathan and Ivan Cleary fairytale finish? Or will Cameron Smith get his dream farewell in what is likely his last ever game?

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With some astute rugby league minds at the helm here at Sporting News, we have all had a stab at picking the winner, score, Clive Churchill Medal and first try scorer.

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Check out the predictions for the NRL Grand Final below. All betting odds courtesy of Sportsbet.

Brendan Bradford (1bbradfo)

WINNER: Panthers ($2.20)

SCORE: 18-10

The Panthers young guns to keep the streak alive, upsetting the odds and taking down the Storm.

Penrith were a little off last week, but I believe they've got any ill-form out of their system.

CLIVE CHURCHILL MEDAL: Nathan Cleary ($4.50)

They won't deny him twice in a week, after missing out on the Dally M Medal that he was a moral to win.

FIRST TRY SCORER: Suliasi Vunivalu ($10)

Chris Danks (@DanksDiscussion)

WINNER: Storm ($1.72)

My 2020 NRL grand final preview

  My 2020 NRL grand final preview After everything was said and done, it was the teams ranked first and second who remain to do battle in the NRL grand final. For the Melbourne Storm it could be an end of an era with the potential retirement of Cameron Smith and departure of Craig Bellamy. They would certainly love to send those two off with another premiership in their possession. Meanwhile, who would have predicted the Penrith Panthers to have the mammoth season they have had so far. They have only suffered one loss in the entire season and to fall short when it matters most would be absolutely heartbreaking.

Even without the Dally M medal, the Panthers halfback is certain to have a big say in the destination of the 2020 premiership.

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SCORE: 12-10

Even though they won't carve up the Panthers' edges like they did to Canberra, with a wet track expected, the Storm will still win through their significant advantage off the bench.

The Roar’s NRL expert tips and predictions: Grand final

  The Roar’s NRL expert tips and predictions: Grand final It’s been a season that’ll be remembered for plenty of reasons, but finally the NRL grand final is here. The top two teams are set to face off in the decider, and The Roar’s NRL expert tipping panel are here to tell you who will lift the Provan Summons trophy and why. And in this special edition of expert tipping we won’t tell just you that. The panel have been asked to submit their predictions for a margin, the winner of the Clive Churchill Medal, the first try-scorer and the winner of the NRLW grand final.

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Penrith panthers vs parramatta eels. Friday 7.55pm, Panthers Stadium. Panthers predicted team: 1. Dylan Edwards 2. Josh Storm predicted team: 1. Ryan Papenhuyzen 2. Isaac Lumelume 3. Brenko Lee 4. Justin Olam 5. Josh Addo-Carr 6. Cameron Munster 7. Jahrome Hughes

In Tino Faasuamaleaui and Brandon Smith, the Storm have two of the top three average run metres for interchange players. If big Nelson drops back to the bench, they have three of the top four.

CLIVE CHURCHILL MEDAL: Cameron Smith ($4.25)

Sentimentality is a part of voting; it just is. If the Storm win, so does Smith.

FIRST TRY SCORER: Justin Olam ($15)

Ed Chisholm (@ChisholmEd)

WINNER: Panthers ($2.20)

SCORE: 20-16

The Panthers have so many different gears to match the Storm, plus they complete sets better than any team in the competition, which will be crucial on Sunday.

It just feels like their time.


The definition of an unsung hero, Yeo has been putting up strong numbers all year on both sides of the ball. Sunday night will be no different, and he will be the glue in the middle for the Panthers.

FIRST TRY SCORER: Josh Mansour ($12)

Lachlan McKirdy (@LMcKirdy7)

WINNER: Storm ($1.72)

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SCORE: 14-12

While it's definitely a case of head vs. heart, I'm leaning towards the Melbourne Storm in this one. In terms of their Preliminary Final form, Melbourne certainly looked the better team coming into the Grand Final.

And with wet conditions expected, I think it will hurt Penrith's ability to score free-flowing points. It'll be a battle of attrition and the Storm will just get over the line.

CLIVE CHURCHILL MEDAL: Nelson Asofa-Solomona ($41)

I'm going to buck the trend and look to one of Melbourne's big forwards for the Clive Churchill Medal, Nelson Asofa-Solomona.

He has been really impressive all season and has plenty of big-game experience. He will torment Penrith's middle all day and make plenty of metres. In the wet, that'll be too much to handle.

FIRST TRY SCORER: Suliasi Vunivalu ($10)

Liam O'Loughlin (ljoloughlin)

WINNER: Panthers ($2.20)

SCORE: 18-10

Plenty of people talk about the Panthers attack, and rightly so - but their defence has been tremendous as well, conceding the least amount of points of any side in the NRL this year.

I think if they can shut down Cameron Munster, the favourites will struggle for points and Penrith rarely struggle to find the line. Their youthful exuberance will work in their favour and I can't see them getting overrawed by the big stage.

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While Nathan Cleary has been the talk of the town all year, the form of Jarome Luai in the back-half of 2020 has been enormous. He was on fire again last week against the Rabbitohs.

He plays with a level of confidence beyond his years and always wants his hands on the football. I expect him to torment the right-edge defence of Brenko Lee, Felise Kaufusi and Jahrome Hughes.

FIRST TRY SCORER: Liam Martin ($36)

Nathan Williamson (@NathW1997)

WINNER: Panthers ($2.20)

SCORE: 22-14

There is a reason they have won 17 straight games and it continues on Sunday.

The Panthers have one of the most exciting teams in recent memories and it will be a repeat of their round six encounter.

CLIVE CHURCHILL MEDAL: Viliame Kikau ($21)

Gone for a smokey but Kikau was arguably one of the best on the edge when these teams last played.

He'll be looking to make up for missing last week's clash, with the towering Fijian reportedly in tears after being handed the one-match suspension

FIRST TRY SCORER: Stephen Crichton ($13)

Tom Naghten (@tnatts93)

WINNER: Panthers ($2.20)

SCORE: 14-10

The Panthers simply have too much strike all over the park.

Their hard-working forwards will be able to match it with the Storm through the middle and a little bit of individual brilliance will be the difference.


The Panthers five-eighth has had spiders on him for the past few months and while all the focus will be on Cleary, he’ll pull a rabbit out of the hat to get them over the line.

FIRST TRY SCORER: Suliasi Vunivalu ($10)

Hurricane Zeta is ashore in resort zone of Mexico's Yucatan .
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