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NRL Finals: Penrith Panthers vs. Melbourne Storm

The Grand Final countdown starts on Friday.
By Marley Ng
September 20, 2023
By Marley Ng
September 20, 2023

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This Friday night, defending Premiers Penrith Panthers face off against the Melbourne Storm in a nail-biting Preliminary Final at Accor Stadium, with both teams just 80 minutes away from a spot in the 2023 NRL Grand Final on Sunday, October 1.

Photo of an NRL game in action.

For the Panthers, this game could be their springboard to go down in history as the first club to win three back-to-back Premierships in the NRL era. The reigning champions smashed through the first week of the Finals, beating the Warriors 32-6. But the Storm are not to be overlooked – with ten wins from 14 Prelim appearances, the Melbourne team have the best Preliminary Finals record of any club since 1998.

The Penrith Panthers playing the Melbourne Storm.

The Panthers and Storm are familiar foes — the Storm triumphed in the 2020 Grand Final, but the Panthers came back swinging with a Prelim victory a year later. The Panthers have also won seven of the past 11 matches against the Storm, including victories in Rounds 18 and 23 this year.

Penrith Panthers fans in the stands.

Will the Melbourne underdogs shake things up or will the Penrith stars walk away with a fourth consecutive Grand Final spot?

Don't be that person who misses out on catching the action unfold — a ticket to the game is about the price of a schnitty and beer at the pub, so why not trade that in for an unforgettable live experience? Kickoff is at 7.50pm this Friday, September 22 at Accor Stadium in Sydney Olympic Park.

Buy a ticket and find out more at the NRL website.

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