The end result ended a 17-game profitable streak for the Panthers.
The match could possibly be the final for champion Melbourne skipper Cameron Smith, who has but to announce if he’ll play on for his twentieth NRL season in 2021.
In a nerve-wracking end on the Sydney Olympic stadium, Penrith got here from 26-0 down with 28 minutes to play to scale back the margin to 6 factors with simply three seconds remaining.
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With the Storm right down to 11 males with Jahrome Hughes and Brandon Smith within the sin-bin, Penrith had one last play to stage it from the kick-off after a late Nathan Cleary attempt.
However after they went back-and-forth throughout the sphere, the ball landed in Felise Kaufusi’s palms to wrap up Melbourne’s fourth NRL title.
“If there was one other couple of minutes on the clock I do not know what would’ve occurred there,” Smith mentioned.
The Storm gamers did not have it straightforward on their method to the league title.
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They have not slept in their very own beds since June, having been compelled into camp, first in Sydney earlier than selecting the Sunshine Coast in Queensland state, as a result of COVID-19 outbreak in Melbourne.
“With the situations that we have been underneath, I believe it is a outstanding effort to be right here tonight and get a victory,” Smith mentioned. “We’ve not been house for about 5 months. We did it the arduous means with 11 males ultimately.”
Melbourne fullback Ryan Papenhuyzen gained the 2020 Clive Churchill medal because the grand last’s participant of the match.
The 22-year-old Papenhuyzen scored a second-half attempt from inside his personal quarter, ran for a game-high 187 meters and made two sort out breaks within the Storm’s victory.
The match was performed earlier than 37,303 followers, properly under the stadium’s capability of 85,000 and restricted as a result of coronavirus protocols.