Full Time
7:30pm Sun October 1, 2023
Grand Final - Accor Stadium, Sydney Olympic Park / Wanngal - Crowd: 81947

Match Overview

The Penrith Panthers have capped off the largest comeback in Grand Final history to record a third straight Premiership win by defeating the Broncos 26-24 in the 2023 Grand Final decider.

Nathan Cleary put in one of the all time greatest Grand Final performances in dragging his side to the most unlikely of wins!

Cleary's 76th minute try and conversion capped off a comeback that needs to be seen to be believed!

Ezra Mam's 10 minute hattrick looked certain to have set the Broncos on their way to ending their title drought with 25 minutes to go. He had the Clive Churchill medal in his grasp until Cleary's aforementioned try.

A magnificent, and tense, first half saw Penrith dominate for large portions, yet only lead 8-6 at halftime. Tom Flegler's 38th minute try completely changed the momentum of the game and looked to be the moment Brisbane started their path to Premiership glory.

The Broncos crossed early in the second half via a brilliant, individual effort by Ezra Mam. He would cross for his second just eight minutes later, and for his third on the very next set.

Reece Walsh awoke from his first half slumber and looked set to make those of us who suggested he was playing below par, look foolish in the second stanza. His break to put Mam over looked like the moment the title was won.

Nathan Cleary's breakin the 62nd minute put Moses Leota over. He then kicked a 40/20 before having a huge hand in Stephen Crichton's 67th minute try.

Cleary himself scored the match winner in the 76th minute sending half of the 80,000 in attendance into raptures.

There was no way to do this game justice in a review. If you haven't seen this game, you need to source the replay right away!

Nathan Cleary! Penrith! What a night!

This was the best Grand Final since 2015 and I am really leaning toward it being better.

3. Nathan Cleary

May have put in the best 20 minute stint in Rugby League history on the biggest stage!!! This will go down as an all time, individual effort!!!

2. Ezra Mam

Mam was magnificent all night. Crossed for a hatty and looked to have the medal in hand with ten minutes to go

1. Dylan Edwards

296 metres. A series of massive tackles. This could have gone to any of six or seven players but how can you go past a guy who ran for almost 300 metres in a Grand Final!?