Panthers vs Eels Live Stream: NRL Grand Final 2022 Live Grand final form guide: How the West will be won, and lost, Penrith are one of the most dominant rugby league sides seen in some time. Another premiership sets the scene for dynasty discussions, not to mention their very own slice of rugby league history with four premierships across as many grades beckoning.
Parramatta, their great rivals, are no doubt one of the most scrutinised outfits in recent decades. Come Sunday they collide. Here’s how the West, not to mention the 2022 decider, will be won and lost.
Everything you need to know about the 2022 NRL grand final
When does it start?
The NRL Grand Final between the Penrith Panthers and Parramatta Eels kicks off at 7.30pm Sunday, October 2 at Sydney’s Accor Stadium.
Tickets sales and how to watch
Tickets on sale at nrl.com/tickets
TV broadcast on Nine and 9Now, starting with the Sunday Footy Show at 11am and rolling through the day.
Grand Final Day Schedule
Gates Open: 1:00pm
NRL State Championship Grand Final Kick Off: 1:20pm
Pre Game Entertainment: 3:20pm
NRLW Telstra Premiership Grand Final Kick Off: 3:55pm
Pre-Game Entertainment: 6:30pm
NRL Telstra Premiership Grand Final Kick Off: 7:30pm
NRLW Grand Final (3.20pm): Mahalia Barnes, A.GIRL, Emma Donovan
NRL Grand Final (6.30pm): Jimmy Barnes, Diesel, Josh Teskey,
Sheldon Riley, Emma Donovan
Bliss n Eso (featuring JOY.)Penrith Panthers v Parramatta Eels
Regular season records
Panthers: 20 wins, 4 losses, points differential +306
Eels: 16 wins, 8 losses, points differential +119
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The recent history: Parramatta’s impressive recent record against the premiers held up in week one of the finals… for 50-odd minutes until Penrith turned the screws and then blew them away 27-8. The Eels still possess one of the better records against the most dominant side of the past three seasons, jagging a tense 22-20 win in May and then a round 20 thumping when Nathan Cleary was sent off.
The main man: Isaah Yeo. Cleary rates him as “another halfback”, and no forward has more influence in the game accordingly. Yeo’s role as a link man in the middle allows Penrith to shift quicker than any side in the NRL. Parramatta’s middle men need to keep a lid on Yeo and cut down his time and space, or their edge defenders are in danger of being overwhelmed by what Yeo sets up on the inside.
It was a fine change of pace, but an offload-heavy game remains their best bet against Penrith’s watertight defence. An average of 247 passes and 18.5 offloads from Parramatta’s two wins against the premiers this season were well above the norm that Penrith usually encounter.
The Panthers suffocated the Eels out of their best footy in week one of the finals and prevailed.
When Parramatta are flying, back-rowers Shaun Lane and Isaiah Papali’i are in absolutely everything, repeatedly cutting back inside on unders lines to keep the defence honest. Case in point; Lane playing the best 40 minutes of his career as the Cowboys were reeled in.
On the other side of the ball, if Penrith enjoy anything above parity at the ruck, Cleary eventually runs amuck.
Waqa Blake knows all too well how ruthless the No.7’s kicking game is if little kick pressure is applied, and can expect to come under the microscope either way in the decider. Meanwhile, Cooper Cronk broke down the nuances of Penrith’s set play prowess on The Matty Johns Podcast recently better than we ever could.
Highlighting Clint Gutherson’s nigh-superhuman everywhere man efforts to control Parramatta’s defence, Cronk highlighted Cleary’s deception to swing back right after Yeo set Penrith up left, duly dragging Gutherson along with him.
With the Eels No.1 only half a step behind, Cleary’s fourth tackle grubber for Dylan Edwards broke the game open and came following a sharp play-the-ball by Moses Leota.
As Queensland and Melbourne before them know all too well, the key to mastering Cleary and Penrith is often stifling those around him.