It’s Melbourne Storm against Sydney Roosters, the first time these teams have matched up in a grand final.
There’s great anticipation in the lead up to the match and it will be interesting to see how it will compare to other grand finals.
We’ve ranked our top 10 grand finals since 2000. There have been some great games with close finishes but, more often than not, there have been fizzers and flops where it has been difficult for the neutral observer to maintain interest as the game has progressed. How will the Storm vs Rooster Grand Final rank?
Here are our top 1 Grand Finals Since 2000;
10. 2009: Storm (23) def. Eels (16)
A Grand Final that in the annals of the NRL might not technically exist anymore due to the Storm’s salary cap scandal, it was still a decent game to watch.
The Storm jumped out to an early lead and kept themselves at an arms length for the rest of the game.
Parramatta did make it tense for a while in the final quarter of an hour with a try in the corner before Greg Inglis secured the result with a late field goal.
9. 2000: Broncos (14) def. Roosters (6)
Otherwise known as the Shane Webcke game, taking the field with a broken arm and about twelve layers of protective padding on it.
It was a game which capped a dominant decade for the Broncos and one that both sides would have needed a full offseason to recover from.
Brisbane’s two big wingers in Lote Tuqiri and Wendell Sailor scored the two tries for the Broncos on the day before Craig Fitzgibbon got one back for the Roosters.
7 2014: Rabbitohs (30) def. Bulldogs (6)
Fifteen years after their readmission into the NRL and forty-three years after their last premiership, the Bunnies were heavy favourites to take out this grand final and send their fans into raptures.
Sam Burgess fractured his cheekbone on the first hit up but stayed in the game setting the tone for the next 80 minutes.
With half an hour to go, George Burgess broke through the line and began an avalanche of points to make this look like a much more convincing game than it actually was.
There were plenty of big hits in the game and bruised bodies as the emotion of the win overtook Redfern.
8. 2013: Roosters (26) def. Sea Eagles (18)
The Roosters wanted to end a run of three straight Grand Final losses, having won just once in their five attempts in the NRL era.
Manly were two years removed from a title win and that experience came through early on with the first try.
History shows that teams that get off to a great start in the second half traditionally go on with it but the Roosters rallied and were able to draw back a 10 point deficit.
Manly had their chances to win it but a bombed try was punished as Michael Jennings put the result beyond doubt.
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