décembre 1, 2022

NRL grand final 2022 player ratings

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The Panthers have gone back-to-back with a sizzling performance to put the Eels to the sword.

The game was done at half-time, with Penrith eventually crowned champions with a 28-12 win.

So who were the studs and who were the duds?

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Wide World of Sports runs the rule over all 34 players’ contributions.

PENRITH PANTHERS

1. Dylan Edwards

Should have booked himself a World Cup spot with an outstanding game, creating two tries and coming up with a marvellous try-saving tackle… and running over 275 run metres.

Rating: 9

‘Words can’t explain it’

2. Charlie Staines

Had few chances with the ball but nailed the one that did come his way.

Rating: 6.5

3. Izack Tago

Created two tries for his winger To’o in a fine centre’s game. Showed maturity and good hands.

Rating: 7

4. Stephen Crichton

Scored the opening try with a burst of pace but came up with one of the game’s big plays, saving a certain try to Sivo.

Rating: 7.5

Crichton opens scoring for Panthers

5. Brian To’o

Confirmed his rating as the game’s number one winger with an awesome display, scoring two tries and running for 250 plus metres.

Rating: 8

6. Jarome Luai

Not his finest game but did his job and played a key role in one of To’o’s tries.

Rating: 6.5

7. Nathan Cleary

The conductor of the Penrith orchestra – watch the highlights and you’ll find him involved in just about every try scored.

Rating: 9.5

Cleary explains 91 jersey significance

8. Moses Leota

Played only around half the game but left the Eels battered and bruised with his hard hitting and fearless ball running.

Rating: 7.5

14. Mitch Kenny

Did the early spadework at dummyhalf before being replaced by Koroisau as he game opened up.

Rating: 5

10. James Fisher-Harris

Led the Panthers pack in yardage as he does just about every week and a rock in the centre of defence.

Rating: 8

11. Viliame Kikau

The big man was fairly quiet by his standards, often used as a decoy runner to suck in defenders.

Rating: 5.5

12. Liam Martin

Played his strongest game in many weeks, causing the Eels defence plenty of problems on the right edge and topped the tackle count.

Rating: 8

13. Isaah Yeo

The Panther with the massive motor made the hard yards and was a great link between the halves and the outside men.

Rating: 8

9. Api Koroisau

Didn’t run much because he didn’t have to – just shovelled the ball to his ball wizards and they did the rest.

Rating: 6

15. Scott Sorensen

A top game from the bench, adding enthusiasm and scoring a crucial try.

Rating: 6

Super sub dives on perfect Cleary grubber

16. Spencer Leniu

Like Sorensen, gave impetus when thrown into the fray and ran for over 100 metres in quick time.

Rating: 7

17. Jaeman Salmon

Only had one run in a brief 12 minute stint as a HIA replacement but did nothing wrong.

Rating: 3

PARRAMATTA EELS

1. Clint Gutherson

Put under loads of pressure but led the Eels well on a tough night and jagged a try.

Rating: 7

2. Maika Sivo

Ran for plenty of metres but bombed the try that could have brought the Eels back into the game with poor hands.

Rating: 6

Sivo drops it with try-line begging

3. Will Penisini

Had a great finals series but was barely sighted as the Panthers strangled his team’s attack.

Rating: 5

4. Bailey Simonsson

Had few chances and then came off with a rib injury midway through the second half.

Rating: 3

Bailey Simonsson of the Eels leaves the field injured after being on the wrong end of an amazing tackle by Dylan Edwards. (Getty)

5. Waqa Blake

Made less errors than last time the teams met but was unable to make any impact in attack.

Rating: 5

6. Dylan Brown

Ran the ball well but was targeted a couple of times by the Panthers with their planned moves in attack.

Rating: 6

7. Mitchell Moses

Couldn’t get his running game going but kicked well in an attempt to roll back the relentless Panthers tide.

Rating: 6.5

Viliame Kikau of the Panthers is tackled by Mitchell Moses of the Eels during the 2022 NRL Grand Final match between the Penrith Panthers and the Parramatta Eels at Accor Stadium on October 02, 2022 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Jason McCawley/Getty Images) (Getty)

8. Reagan Campbell-Gillard

Kept well contained by the Panthers’ big men in the trenches, making just 82 metres from 12 runs.

Rating: 6

9. Reed Mahoney

Topped his team’s tackle count – as always – but made just two runs – his team needed more.

Rating: 6

10. Junior Paulo

Another Eels run machine whose numbers were kept well down by the red and black wall on the night.

Rating: 6

11. Shaun Lane

A standout in the finals with his passing game, he didn’t manage a single offload – another indication of the ruthless nature of Penrith’s defence.

Rating: 5.5

12. Isaiah Papali’i

Worked hard throughout and laid on his team’s first try for Gutherson but missed a worrying 12 tackles.

Rating: 5

Luai’s apparent kick on Eels star

17. Marata Niukore

Made just four runs for little yardage and like many of his team-mates, couldn’t find his awesome form of recent weeks.

Rating: 4

13. Ryan Matterson

Made more metres than any Eels forward – a fine effort coming off the bench. Gave his all.

Rating: 7

14. Nathan Brown

Was brought into the Eels’ team to be the enforcer but well out-gunned by the aggressive Panthers pack and his inclusion added nothing.

Rating: 4

15. Jake Arthur

Got just five minutes on the big stage but was rewarded with a try in a moment he’ll never forget.

Rating: 2

16. Oregon Kaufusi

Another ‘invisible’ Eels forward who was well shut down by the Panthers, running a mere five times for 46 metres.

Rating: 4

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