2. 2020 Recap

What could possibly be left to say about this incredible Melbourne club? Another season where everyone stood by hoping that it would be the year the Storm fell, yet it was another season where the purple machine lifted the trophy.

Melbourne beat the red hot Panthers on Grand Final day with a first half onslaught that completely blew the minor premiers off the park. Ryan Papenhuyzen’s early second half try effectively ended the contest before a series of ridiculous events lead to a much closer finish than the game deserved.

Speaking of young Papenhuyzen, he was absolutely incredible all season long. The Storm’s ability to find these fringe first graders from other clubs and turn them into rep quality stars is unmatched.

Cameron Smith was every bit as influential in his “final” season as he has been across his unparalleled career. Cameron Munster continues to build a legacy (on and off the field) that sees him as one of the game’s elite.

2020 NRL Grand Final - Panthers v Storm
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – OCTOBER 25: Cameron Smith of the Storm holds aloft the Premiership trophy and celebrates with team mates after winning the 2020 NRL Grand Final match between the Penrith Panthers and the Melbourne Storm at ANZ Stadium on October 25, 2020 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)