NRL Grand Final
2nd October 2016
NRL Grand Final
After 26 regular season rounds and three weeks of finals footy, only two teams are left in the comp. Around three million Aussies watch it on TV and the 83,000-odd ticket holders make their way to Sydney’s ANZ Stadium to see who’ll take home the legendary Provan-Summons trophy, writing their name in the history books while they’re about it. In the days leading up to the final, stores and shops deck their businesses out with coloured streamers and signs, willing their team on to glory.
In the last few years we’ve seen some crazy and innovative showdowns. 2014 saw the Rabbitohs finally clinch a Grand Final after going 43 years without one. 2008 saw Manly dish out the biggest flogging in Grand Final history, knocking off the Storm 40-0. In 2001, the Knights won the first ever night Grand Final while in 1999, an incredible 107,999 people saw Melbourne get the better of the Dragons. And then there was 2015, which could well go down as the greatest Grand Final ever, as Jonathan Thurston grabbed the winning field goal for the Cowboys in extra time. Whatever happens this year, you can almost guarantee it’ll be one to remember.
NRL Grand Final Past Winners and Runners Up
Below are the past winners and runners up of the NRL Grand Final.
|2015||North Queensland Cowboys||17-16||Brisbane Broncos||ANZ Stadium, Sydney||82,758|
|2014||South Sydney Rabbitohs||30 – 6||Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs||ANZ Stadium, Sydney||83,833|
|2013||Sydney Roosters||26-18||Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles||ANZ Stadium, Sydney||81,988|
|2012||Melbourne Storm||14-4||Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs||Stadium Australia, Sydney||82,976|
|2011||Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles||24-10||New Zealand Warriors||Stadium Australia, Sydney||81,988|
|2010||St. George-Illawarra Dragons||32-8||Sydney Roosters||Stadium Australia, Sydney||82,334|
|2009||Melbourne Storm||23-16||Parramatta Eels||Stadium Australia, Sydney||82,538|
|2008||Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles||40-0||Melbourne Storm||Stadium Australia, Sydney||80,388|
|2007||Melbourne Storm||34-8||Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles||Stadium Australia, Sydney||81,392|
|2006||Brisbane Broncos||15-8||Melbourne Storm||Stadium Australia, Sydney||79,609|
|2005||Wests Tigers||30-16||North Queensland Cowboys||Stadium Australia, Sydney||82,453|
|2004||Canterbury Bulldogs||16-13||Sydney Roosters||Stadium Australia, Sydney||82,127|
|2003||Penrith Panthers||18-6||Sydney Roosters||Stadium Australia, Sydney||81,166|
|2002||Sydney Roosters||30-8||New Zealand Warriors||Stadium Australia, Sydney||80,130|
|2001||Newcastle Knights||30-24||Parramatta Eels||Stadium Australia, Sydney||90,414|
|2000||Brisbane Broncos||14-6||Sydney Roosters||Stadium Australia, Sydney||94,277|
NRL Grand Final Fast Facts
- St George Dragons hold the record for the most consecutive premierships: 11 from 1956 to ’66.
- The lowest score in a Grand Final is 4-2: Parramatta Eels vs Canterbury Bulldogs, 1986.
- A world-record Rugby League crowd of 107,558 attended the 1999 NRL Grand Final, where Melbourne Storm upset St George Dragons 20-18.
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