It all comes down to this as the Panthers and Storm battle it out for the 2020 NRL premiership in Sunday’s Grand Final showdown.
Can the Panthers continue their sizzling winning streak to win their first premiership since 2003 or will traditional heavyweights Melbourne spoil the party when the two sides clash in the 2020 NRL Grand Final?
Penrith have lost just one game all season, but can they stop a blistering Rabbitohs attack when the two sides face off for a place in the NRL Grand Final on Saturday night?
A spot in the NRL Grand Final is on the line when Melbourne square off against Canberra in the preliminary finals on Friday night.
NRL Preliminary Finals tips, best bets, predictions and previews.
NRL Tips & Betting Advice
Betting on NRL Rugby League ?
NRL footy is one of the most popular sports in Australia and NRL betting is available on a range of markets, including the Premiership, State of Origin, Rugby League World Cup and Dally M Medal.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll have noticed that with the advancements in technology and the internet, more and more tasks can be done from your home PC. Things like internet banking and personal investing are all done online and taken for granted now. Sports betting is now done online too.
No longer do you need to pop out during your work lunch break to visit a betting branch. The days of queuing up to place a bet on your footy team are well and truly a thing of the past. If you love your footy, you can now use online betting sites such as Sportsbet, Ladbrokes or Neds to place your bets.
NRL Latest Odds ?
NRL BET TYPES
NRL betting is evolving all the time. In the past, you just selected the NRL team you thought was going to win and bet in the head-to-head market or possibly on the winning margin of each game. Now there’s a host of different bets you can place on NRL teams, players, margins, inpidual awards, Grand Final winner and more. You can bet on inpidual games, the NRL premiership, Dally M Medal and even in some novelty markets.
Fancy an NRL bet on something a little more obscure? How about betting on the first player to score a try? Or the time of the first try? Or even whether more points will be scored in the first or second half. The list goes on. There are also plenty of offers and money back specials from the bookmakers each weekend to take advantage of.
But perhaps best of all, because you’re betting online, all odds are 100 per cent up to date. That means you bet both before and during the match and be sure you’re getting the very best live odds available for all your NRL bets.
You can place a huge array of different bets on rugby league and we look at some of the most popular ones.
HEAD-TO-HEAD: Head to Head betting is the easiest way to have a punt on most sports matches. Simply select who you think will win the game and if they emerge victorious so do you.
LINE BETTING and HANDICAP BETTING: Line betting is when the bookmaker handicaps a team by setting a specific margin with the aim on making the game even between the two sides. For example, if the bookmaker believes Team A is a 10-point better team than Team B, they will handicap Team A by 10 points. The line therefore becomes Team A to beat Team B by more than 10 points or Team B to come within 10 points of Team A. Then both outcomes become equal odds, which is ultimately around $1.90 the majority of the time.
WINNING MARGINS: Margin betting is when the bookmaker breaks up the number of possible end results by putting in a margin. The punter must therefore select the correct result as well as the correct margin. For example, if you believe Team A will beat Team B and want to also bet on the margin, you will have to correctly pick how many points will be between the two sides at the end of full-time. So if you think Australia will win in a margin of 1-12 points you’d select that option. Or maybe you think New Zealand will win a game by 13+ points.
HALF-TIME/FULL-TIME DOUBLE: This option allows you to bet on who you think will be leading the game at both halftime and fulltime. There are many possibilities that can occur in any match, particularly as a draw is an option.
Team A/Team A
Team A/Team B
Team B/Team B
Team B/Team A
FIRST TRYSCORER: This option allows you to choose which player on either team you believe will score the first try of the game. You can also bet on the last tryscorer in most games.
Click here for our expert NRL first tryscorer tips and best bets for every round.
For more information on How to bet on the NRL please visit our How to Guide HERE
NRL 2020 Schedule ?
The NRL is officially set to get back underway from May 28 with a 20-Round season. State of Origin will also be staged throughout November.
— NRL.com (@NRLcom) April 28, 2020
NRL 2020 Grand Final Date: When is the NRL Grand Final?
The 2020 NRL Grand Final is set to be played on October 25.
|Club ?||City ?||State ?||Home Venue ?||Capacity ?|
|Brisbane Broncos||Brisbane||Queensland||Suncorp Stadium||52,500|
|Canberra Raiders||Canberra||Australian Capital Territory||GIO Stadium||25,000|
|Canterbury Bulldogs||Sydney||New South Wales||ANZ Stadium||83,500|
|Cronulla Sharks||Sydney||New South Wales||Nestrada Jubilee Stadium||20,500|
|Gold Coast Titans||Gold Coast||Queensland||Cbus Super Stadium||27,400|
|Manly Sea Eagles||Sydney||New South Wales||Lottoland||23,000|
|Melbourne Storm||Melbourne||Victoria||AAMI Park||30,050|
|New Zealand Warriors||Auckland||New Zealand||Mount Smart Stadium||30,000|
|Newcastle Knights||Newcastle||New South Wales||McDonald Jones Stadium||33,000|
|North Queensland Cowboys||Townsville||Queensland||Queensland Country Bank Stadium||25,000|
|Parramatta Eels||Sydney||New South Wales||Bankwest Stadium||30,000|
|Penrith Panthers||Sydney||New South Wales||Panthers Stadium||22,500|
|South Sydney Rabbitohs||Sydney||New South Wales||ANZ Stadium||83,500|
|St George Illawarra Dragons||Sydney/Wollongong||New South Wales||Netstrata Jubilee Stadium/WIN Stadium||20,500/23,000|
|Sydney Roosters||Sydney||New South Wales||Sydney Cricket Ground||48,000|
|Wests Tigers||Sydney||New South Wales||Leichhardt Oval/Campbelltown Stadium||20,000/20,000|
NRL Premiership Winners ?
Note: This table is comprised of the NRL era (since 1998).
Melbourne Storm were stripped of their 2007 and 2009 premiership titles and their 2006, 2007 and 2008 minor premiership titles due to breaching the salary cap. No champions were crowned in those years as a result.
|Season ?||Premiers ?||Score ?||Runners-up ?||Minor Premiers ?|
|1998||Brisbane Broncos||38-12||Canterbury Bulldogs||Brisbane Broncos|
|1999||Melbourne Storm||20-18||St. George Illawarra Dragons||Cronulla Sharks|
|2000||Brisbane Broncos||14-6||Sydney Roosters||Brisbane Broncos|
|2001||Newcastle Knights||30-24||Parramatta Eels||Parramatta Eels|
|2002||Sydney Roosters||30-8||New Zealand Warriors||New Zealand Warriors|
|2003||Penrith Panthers||18-6||Sydney Roosters||Penrith Panthers|
|2004||Canterbury Bulldogs||16-13||Sydney Roosters||Sydney Roosters|
|2005||Wests Tigers||30-16||North Queensland Cowboys||Parramatta Eels|
|2006||Brisbane Broncos||15-8||Melbourne Storm||Withheld|
|2007||Withheld||34-8||Manly Sea Eagles||Withheld|
|2008||Manly Sea Eagles||40-0||Melbourne Storm||Withheld|
|2009||Withheld||23-16||Parramatta Eels||St. George Illawarra Dragons|
|2010||St. George Illawarra Dragons||32-8||Sydney Roosters||St. George Illawarra Dragons|
|2011||Manly Sea Eagles||24-10||New Zealand Warriors||Melbourne Storm|
|2012||Melbourne Storm||14-4||Canterbury Bulldogs||Canterbury Bulldogs|
|2013||Sydney Roosters||26-18||Manly Sea Eagles||Sydney Roosters|
|2014||South Sydney Rabbitohs||30-6||Canterbury Bulldogs||Sydney Roosters|
|2015||North Queensland Cowboys||17-16||Brisbane Broncos||Sydney Roosters|
|2016||Cronulla Sharks||14-12||Melbourne Storm||Melbourne Storm|
|2017||Melbourne Storm||34-6||North Queensland Cowboys||Melbourne Storm|
|2018||Sydney Roosters||21-6||Melbourne Storm||Sydney Roosters|
|2019||Sydney Roosters||14-8||Canberra Raiders||Melbourne Storm|
Most Successful NRL Teams ?
Note: The following table includes the NRL era only (since 1998). Teams are ranked in order of premierships won, runner-up showings in Grand Finals and minor premierships won.
|Rank||Team||Premiership Years||Runner-up Years||Minor Premiership Years|
|1||Sydney Roosters||4 (2002, 2013, 2018, 2019)||4 (2000, 2003, 2004, 2010)||5 (2004, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2018)|
|2||Melbourne Storm||3 (1999, 2012, 2017)||4 (2006, 2008, 2016, 2018)||4 (2011, 2016, 2017, 2019)|
|3||Brisbane Broncos||3 (1998, 2000, 2006)||1 (2015)||2 (1998, 2000)|
|4||Manly Sea Eagles||2 (2008, 2011)||2 (2007, 2013)||0|
|5||Canterbury Bulldogs||1 (2004)||3 (1998, 2012, 2014)||1 (2012)|
|6||North Queensland Cowboys||1 (2015)||2 (2005, 2017)||0|
|7||St. George Illawarra Dragons||1 (2010)||1 (1999)||2 (2009, 2010)|
|8||Cronulla Sharks||1 (2016)||0||1 (1999)|
|9||Penrith Panthers||1 (2003)||0||1 (2003)|
|10||Newcastle Knights||1 (2001)||0||0|
|10||Wests Tigers||1 (2005)||0||0|
|10||South Sydney Rabbitohs||1 (2014)||0||0|
|13||Parramatta Eels||0||2 (2001, 2009)||2 (2001, 2005)|
|14||New Zealand Warriors||0||2 (2002, 2011)||1 (2002)|
|15||Canberra Raiders||0||1 (2019)||0|
|16||Gold Coast Titans||0||0||0|
List of NRL Records ?
The following is a list of NRL records that includes statistics from all first grade competitions since the sport was established, namely the New South Wales Rugby League, Australian Rugby League, Super League and current NRL.
- Most premierships – South Sydney Rabbitohs (21)
- Most minor premierships – Sydney Roosters (20)
- Most wooden spoons – Western Suburbs Magpies (17)
- Longest winning streak – Eastern Suburbs Roosters (19 in 1975)
- Longest undefeated streak – Eastern Suburbs (35 between 1935-1938)
- Longest losing streak – Sydney University (42 between 1934-1936)
- Highest score in a game – St. George (91 vs Canterbury in 1935)
- Largest winning margin in a game – St. George (85 vs Canterbury in 1935)
- Most games played – Cameron Smith (400)
- Leading pointscorer – Cameron Smith (2,500 with 43 tries, 1162 goals and four field goals)
- Leading tryscorer – Ken Irvine (212)
- Most points in a season – Hazem El Masri (342 in 2004 with 16 tries and 139 goals)
- Most tries in a season – Dave Brown (38 in 1935)
- Most points in a game – Dave Brown (45 in 1935)
- Most tries in a game – Frank Burge (8 in 1920)
Most Successful NRL Coaches
Note: The following table includes a list of coaches who have won the premiership in the NRL era (since 1998)
|Name||Premierships won as head coach||Years|
|Wayne Bennett||4||1998, 2000, 2006, 2010|
|Trent Robinson||3||2013, 2018, 2019|
|Des Hasler||2||2008, 2011|
|Craig Bellamy||2||2012, 2017|