2018 NRL Grand Final Date: Sunday September 30, 2018
The NRL Grand Final is the premier Rugby League match held in Australia each year and pits the season’s best two teams against each other in the Premiership decider.
Traditionally taking place on the first Sunday in October, the NRL Premiership Grand Final was moved to the last Sunday of September for the 2018 NRL Premiership due to a decreased Regular Season of just 25 weeks. The Grand Final NRL game plays out in Sydney at ANZ Stadium, which has been the game’s home since 1999. To determine the two NRL Grand Final teams the NRL Finals play out over the three weeks leading up to the clash, which attracts more betting than any other game of the season.
As well as bragging rights the Grand Final winners are awarded the Provan-Summons Trophy, which is the NRL’s major prize and the design of which replicates the Winfield Cup trophy.
Every player in the winning NRL Grand Final team are also awarded Premiership Rings, while the standout player of the Premiership decider is awarded the Clive Churchill man-of-the-match medal named in honour of the former champion Australian fullback.
The NRL Grand Final draws some of the largest audiences of any sporting event in Australia with an average attendance of 80,000 and a record match attendance of 102,999 achieved in it’s opening year at ANZ Stadium in 1999.
2018 NRL Grand Final
- Reigning NRL Premiers: Melbourne Storm (2017)
- Date: Sunday September 30, 2018
- Venue: ANZ Stadium, Sydney
- Kick-off: 6:15pm (AEST); 7:15pm (AEDT)
- Teams: Sydney Roosters vs. Melbourne Storm
It’s only fitting the 2018 NRL Grand Final has boiled down to these two quality sides. The Roosters and the Storm have been a class above all season long, although Sunday’s game won’t be without its controversy. A shoulder charge in the win over the Sharks last week has Billy Slater in some doubt, while Cooper Cronk looks likely to miss the rematch against his former side with a shoulder injury of his own.
Whatever happens, this game should still turn out to be very close, especially with each team ranking inside the Top 5 in points scored during the regular season. The Roosters should relish home field advantage, however the Storm’s strong record away from home makes this game all the more compelling.
Be sure to check out all of the top Grand Final odds below.
NRL Grand Final Results
Since the inception of the NRL competition in its current format, the Melbourne Storm have won more Grand Finals than any other club. Of their five Premiership wins however only three officially remain on the record – 1999, 2012 and 2017 – with their 2007 and 2009 Premierships stripped due to the club’s salary cap breaches.
The Brisbane Broncos then hold the official NRL Grand Final winning record since 1998 with three wins – 1998 over the Bulldogs, 2000 over the Roosters and 2006 over the Storm.
Brisbane also played in the 2015 NRL Grand Final, the first ever all-Queensland NRL Premiership decider, against the North Queensland Cowboys going down 17 – 16 in a thrilling Golden Point Extra Time clash.
Other multiple NRL Grand Final winners are the Sydney Roosters (2002 and 2013) and the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles (2008 and 2011).
Betting on the 2018 NRL Grand Final result is already open via our all-in NRL Premiership markets.
NRL Premiership Winners
|2017||MELBOURNE STORM||NORTH QUEENSLAND COWBOYS||34-6|
|2016||CRONULLA SHARKS||MELBOURNE STORM||14-12|
|2015||NORTH QUEENSLAND COWBOYS||BRISBANE BRONCOS||17-16|
|2014||SOUTH SYDNEY RABBITOHS||CANTERBURY BULLDOGS||30-6|
|2013||SYDNEY ROOSTERS||MANLY SEA EAGLES||26-18|
|2012||MELBOURNE STORM||CANTERBURY BULLDOGS||14-4|
|2011||MANLY SEA EAGLES||NEW ZEALAND WARRIORS||24-10|
|2010||ST GEORGE ILLAWARRA DRAGONS||SYDNEY ROOSTERS||32-8|
|2009||MELBOURNE STORM*||PARRAMATTA EELS||23-16|
|2008||MANLY SEA EAGLES||MELBOURNE STORM||40-0|
|2007||MELBOURNE STORM*||MANLY SEA EAGLES||34-8|
|2006||BRISBANE BRONCOS||MELBOURNE STORM||15-8|
|2005||WEST TIGERS||NORTH QUEENSLAND COWBOYS||30-16|