NRL fans gear up for the big game | photos

Rugby League fans have descended on Sydney’s ANZ Stadium to see Melbourne Storm take on the North Queensland Cowboys in the 2017 NRL Grand Final. 

For the first time in NRL history, it’s first versus eighth for the premiership title. 

Will this be the Storm’s year to get their third premiership or will are the Cowboys destined to pick up their second premiership? 

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It's doubtful any of Paul Green's North Queensland Cowboys were in their seats in time to see the final two minutes of Sunday's Holden Cup grand final.

Super-sub: Keith Titmuss scores the match-winning try on Sunday.  Photo: NRL Imagery

Super-sub: Keith Titmuss scores the match-winning try on Sunday. Photo: NRL Imagery

But hopefully someone passed on what they missed.

"No-one believed in us," said the winning tryscorer for eighth-placed Manly, 17-year-old replacement Keith Titmuss. "All we did was back ourselves … here we are in the grand final and we won."

Like the Cowboys, the Sea Eagles limped into the play-offs. On the big day, they trailed 14-0 to Parramatta 12 minutes before half-time and it looked as though coach Wayne Lambkin was heading for a slaughter.

State Championship: Penrith far too strong for PNG Hunters

The PNG Hunters could not replicate their fairytale result from a week ago, as the Penrith Panthers proved far too strong in the contest between the NSW and Queensland Cup Premiers, claiming the NRL State Championship with a 42-18 win.

Four try hero: Centre Tony Satini had a field day. Photo: NRL Photos

Four try hero: Centre Tony Satini had a field day. Photo: NRL Photos

The Hunters were out of the game within the opening 20, with travel and a massive Panthers pack boasting substantial NRL experience, proving too much - although funnily enough, it was the one man among Penrith's starting forwards without a first grade appearance to his name, Kaide Ellis, who was named man of the match.