2007 NRL Grand Final

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2007 (2007) NRL Grand Final  ()
1 2 Total
MEL Melbourne colours.svg 10 24 34
MAN Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg 4 4 8
Date 30 September 2007
Stadium Telstra Stadium
Location Sydney, Australia
Clive Churchill Medal Greg Inglis (MEL)
Referees , Tony Archer
Attendance 81,392
Broadcast partners
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Commentators
NRL Grand Final
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The 2007 NRL Grand Final was the conclusive, premiership-deciding match of the 2007 NRL season. It was played between the first-placed Melbourne Storm and second-placed Manly Warringah Sea Eagles at Telstra Stadium on 30 September, in front of 81,392 spectators. The 2007 Grand final was the fourth to be played between the first and second placed teams, and the first in three years. The match was the last Grand Final played at night until 2013; each Grand Final in the intervention switched to a 5:00pm AEST kick-off. This match was also the most-watched television program on Australian TV for 2007.

On 22 April 2010, Melbourne were stripped of this premiership due to salary cap breaches exposed during the 2006–10 seasons.

Background[edit]

See also: 2007 NRL season

The 2007 NRL season was the one hundredth season of professional rugby league football club competition in Australia, and the tenth run by the National Rugby League. Sixteen teams contested the NRL's 2007 Telstra Premiership, and with the inclusion of a new team, the Gold Coast Titans, the competition was the largest run since the 1999 NRL season.

Manly Warringah Sea Eagles[edit]

For more details on this topic, see 2007 Manly Warringah Sea Eagles season.

The 2007 Manly Warringah Sea Eagles season was the 58th in the club's history. Coached by Des Hasler and captained by Matt Orford, they finished the regular season in 2nd (out of 16) place.

Melbourne Storm[edit]

For more details on this topic, see 2007 Melbourne Storm season.

The 2007 Melbourne Storm season was the 10th in the club's history. Coached by Craig Bellamy and captained by Cameron Smith, they finished the regular season in 1st place to claim the minor premiership before going on to reach their third ever and second consecutive grand final.

Match details[edit]

Matt Geyer was the only remaining Storm player from the club's 1999 NRL grand final-winning team. The pre-match entertainment included performances from Hoodoo Gurus and Shannon Noll. Player, coach and commentator Frank Hyde was honoured during the half-time break with a video-tribute as well as a minute's silence prior to the Premier League Grand Final.[1]

Melbourne Storm Posit. Manly-Warringah
Sea Eagles
1. Billy Slater FB 1. Brett Stewart
2. Steve Turner WG 2. Michael Robertson
3. Matt King CE 3. Steven Bell
4. Israel Folau CE 4. Steve Matai
5. Anthony Quinn WG 5. Chris Hicks
6. Greg Inglis FE 6. Jamie Lyon
7. Cooper Cronk HB 7. Matt Orford (c)
8. Ben Cross PR 8. Jason King
9. Cameron Smith (c) HK 9. Michael Monaghan
10. Brett White PR 10. Brent Kite
11. Clint Newton SR 11. Anthony Watmough
12. Ryan Hoffman SR 12. Glenn Stewart
13. Dallas Johnson LK 13. Luke Williamson
14. Matt Geyer Bench 16. Mark Bryant
15. Jeremy Smith Bench 17. Steve Menzies
16. Michael Crocker Bench 20. Jack Afamasaga
17. Jeff Lima Bench 21. Adam Cuthbertson
Craig Bellamy Coach Des Hasler

First half
The Storm crossed early in the first half with a try to winger Anthony Quinn via a slick back-line movement that involved 3 decoy runners to lead 6–0. Another set play midway through the first half saw the Storm extend the scoreline to 10–0 with a barging try to five-eighth Greg Inglis. Seconds before halftime, Manly centre Steve Matai crossed in the corner to take the deficit back to six points. The half-time score read 10–4 to the Storm, with many surprised at how the scoreline was so close considering Melbourne's dominance.

Second half
The second half started with major controversy after Manly fullback Brett Stewart was knocked unconscious by a massive hit from Storm players Michael Crocker and Billy Slater attempting to catch a bomb. Stewart failed to return following the hit, and it proved to be the turning point in the match as the Storm immediately extended their lead to 14–4 with a try to Crocker. Two quick tries soon after by Storm players Matt King and Greg Inglis took the score out to 22–4 and the game looked set for a Storm victory. King barged over with a trademark Storm decoy play, while Inglis scored the try of the match with a vintage long range 60m run and powerful fend to post his second.

Manly soon pegged the score back to 22–8 with a nice try to winger Chris Hicks but it seemed too little too late for the Sea Eagles. Melbourne then scored two late tries to second-rower Clint Newton and another for Anthony Quinn to take the scoreline to 34–8. Storm captain Cameron Smith was inaccurate with the boot, kicking only three goals from eight attempts (including a missed penalty goal).

Inglis was awarded the Clive Churchill Medal for best on field.[2] The 34–8 Grand Final score was the third highest grand final margin in Australian rugby league history.

Storm players celebrating.
34 Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm
Tries 2 Quinn
2 Inglis
1 Crocker
1 King
1 Newton
Goals 3/8 Smith
8 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly Warringah Sea Eagles
Tries 1 Matai
1 Hicks
Goals 0/2 Orford

Half time: Storm 10-4

Clive Churchill Medallist: Greg Inglis

Referee: Tony Archer

Venue: Telstra Stadium, Sydney

Attendance: 81,392[3]

World Club Challenge[edit]

Having won the NRL grand final, Melbourne had earned the right to then travel to England for the following February's World Club Challenge match against the winners of the 2007 Super League Grand Final, Leeds Rhinos.

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