NRL Rd 6 - Panthers v Storm
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 19: Cameron Smith of the Storm passes Nathan Cleary of the Panthers after the round six NRL match between the Penrith Panthers and the Melbourne Storm at Campbelltown Stadium on June 19, 2020 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Well, we somehow made it folks – the 2020 NRL Grand Final is here!

The excitement is in the air at the Zero Tackle office (well in our homes) for Sunday night’s decider between the Penrith Panthers and Melbourne Storm at ANZ Stadium.

The team has made their predictions ahead of one of the most historical grand finals of all time.

Everyone was asked for their winner and a margin, first tryscorer, Clive Churchill medallist and the biggest storyline from the day.

Here are the Zero Tackle team’s predictions for the 2020 NRL Grand Final.

Ben

Winner and margin: Storm by 15 points
First tryscorer:
Josh Addo-Carr
Clive Churchill:
Cameron Smith
Biggest storyline: Cameron Smith is the GOAT

Ed

Winner and margin: Storm by 14 points
First tryscorer: Suliasi Vunivalu
Clive Churchill: Nathan Cleary
Biggest storyline: Despite the Panthers strong first half, Storm remain composed and fight back with a win

Mitch

Winner and margin: Storm by 2 points
First tryscorer: Stephen Crichton
Clive Churchill: Ryan Papenhuyzen
Biggest storyline: Storm win in dying minutes

Chris

Winner and margin: Panthers by 14 points
First tryscorer: Stephen Crichton
Clive Churchill: Nathan Cleary
Biggest storyline: Cameron Smith receives a guard of honour from both teams in his final game.

Dan

Winner and margin: Storm by 4 points
First tryscorer: Josh Addo-Carr
Clive Churchill: Cameron Smith
Biggest storyline: Smith MOM In final game

Blythy

Winner and margin: Storm by 8 points
First tryscorer: Josh Mansour
Clive Churchill: Cameron Smith
Storyline: 430 and out! Smith retires as departing wingers fire

Stuart

Winner and margin: Storm by 12 points
First tryscorer: Suliasi Vunivalu
Clive Churchill: Cameron Smith
Storyline: Nathan Cleary falters on the big stage

Alex Caiafa

Jake

Winner and margin: Storm by 12 points
First tryscorer: Josh Addo-Carr
Clive Churchill: Cameron Smith
Biggest storyline: Smith confirms he will play on next year

Lachlan

Winner and margin: Storm by 8 points
First try:
Josh Addo-Carr
Clive Churchill:
Jahrome Hughes
Biggest storyline:
Smith calls time in post-match interview

Alex Docherty

Winner and margin: Storm by 4 points
First tryscorer: Josh Mansour
Clive Churchill: Ryan Papenhuyzen 
Biggest storyline:
Cameron Smith in his last game scores a try late to take the lead for the Storm

Fraser

Winner and margin: Storm by 10 points
First tryscorer: Ryan Papenhuyzen
Clive Churchill: Ryan Papenhuyzen
Biggest storyline:

Ali

Winner and margin: Storm by 8 points
First tryscorer:
Josh Addo-Carr
Clive Churchill:
Cameron Smith
Biggest storyline:
The greatest player to ever play the game bows out with a grand final victory

Benjamin

Winner and margin: Storm by 6 points
First tryscorer: Josh Addo-Carr
Clive Churchill: Isaah Yeo
Biggest storyline: Cam Smith potentially retiring

Monica

Winner and margin: Storm by 2 points
First tryscorer:
Dylan Edwards
Clive Churchill:
Nathan Cleary
Biggest storyline:
Smith retires after a premiership win

Ebony

Winner and margin: Storm by 4 points
First tryscorer: Cameron Munster
Clive Churchill: Cameron Munster
Biggest storyline: Cam Smith retires with a premiership

2 COMMENTS

  1. The best result in years would come if the vast majority of your tips for the grand final are incorrect.
    A Panthers victory is a victory for the teams who are true junior nurseries . It would be a victory for true development clubs .
    Such a victory could give heart to likes of Newcastle, Brisbane, North Queensland, New Zealand Warriors. It’s a blueprint that perhaps other clubs may then look to replicate . Rather than a victory for clubs who just buy in talent.
    Despite the story about Melbourne being proud of the young players that have debuted in first grade through the Storm, virtually none of them are from Melbourne. Few are Melbourne juniors . Just talent bought from other areas to be brought through the Melbourne club.
    Does any year go by without Melbourne buying players from other clubs?
    A Melbourne victory, would just be the same old, same old. It does nothing for the sport.
    A win for a club who’s an actual junior nursery, would be refreshing.
    Go Panthers!

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