PREVIEW | Intrust Super Premiership NSW Grand Final
2017 Intrust Super Premiership NSW Grand Final
Wyong Roos v Penrith Panthers
Leichhardt Oval, Sunday 24 September
Broadcast LIVE on Fox League and SKY Sport NZ
After 25 rounds and three weeks of finals, it’s finally here. The 2017 Intrust Super Premiership NSW Grand Final will be contested between the Wyong Roos and Penrith Panthers.
As with any decider, form largely goes out the window for this clash – but not the recognition that both these sides have been among the competition’s best for much of 2017. Wyong, with a dangerous halves pairing, livewire rookie fullback and hooker and coach who have been on this stage before, clash with a Penrith side which has shuffled its spine a number of times throughout the season – and managed to field class in key positions every time.
Both of these sides have featured in deciders at this level in recent seasons – and both coaches remain to go head-to-head on Sunday night. Penrith’s Garth Brennan, who led the Panthers to premiership glory in 2014, takes part in a decider once again, while the Roos’ Rip Taylor brings a wealth of big-game experience from his 38 years in coaching; his last grand final was Wyong’s loss to Newcastle in 2015.
Another man remaining from that team is captain Mitch Williams, who knows that a maiden Roos premiership will be built off the back of the side’s defence.
“This is the goal at the start of the year so very excited to be there,” Williams tells NSWRL.com.au. “I believe we’ve got the points when we’ve got our attack right but defence is always the issue.”
With the game to be broadcast live on Fox League and SKY Sport NZ, all eyes will be on Leichhardt Oval for a grand final between two teams befitting the season’s biggest day.