You will not see a better end to a game than what has just been served up in the NRL Grand Final rematch today.
Unlike in the Grand Final itself which was all but won by the Panthers as the game neared its conclusion, this time it was Parramatta in the driving seat leading 16-8 until a lovely disguised ball from Nathan Cleary to Hosking upped the drama as the game entered its final few minutes.
A key mistake by the Panthers in their own half with less than three minutes to go as star man Dylan Edwards’ offload wasn’t read properly looked to hand the Eels victory but the Champions still had one last set and chaos would ensure when Junior Paulo was penalised for a high tackle with 17 seconds left on the clock.
The penalty meant that Cleary could kick down field and set himself up for a two point drop goal – where the kick takes place from outside the 40 metre marker.
However, as the Eels looked for a way out of this scenario, they challenged the decision through a captain’s challenge but it would come back to bite them with Paulo then yellow carded and the penalty still awarded.
Cleary set up for the drop goal and as cool as you like nailed it from 45 metres out to send the game to golden point.
Parramatta’s wait for a first win of the season looked to be dragging on with the Panthers having all the momentum until Mitchell Kenny was penalised for a high tackle and also sent to the sin bin.
The Eels went down field and who else but Mitchell Moses, after reportedly agreeing a five year deal worth $6 million to stay at the club earlier today, nailed the drop goal to secure a famous 17-16 win and avenge their Grand Final defeat.