NRL Grand Final 2019

NRL Grand Final 2019  : NRL Grand Final 2019  Live STream, The Sydney Roosters and the Canberra Raiders are through to the sold-out 2019 NRL grand final. the 2019 NRL Telstra Premiership Finals Series before the Grand Final Live & On-Demand on KAYO SPORTS.

he NRL State Championship (Newtown Jets, NSW vs Burleigh Bears, Queensland) kicks off at 1:35pm with the NRLW grand final (Broncos vs Dragons) following at 4:05pm — both games will be broadcast live on Fox League.The NRL grand final (7:30pm) will be broadcast live on Channel 9, who will also show the first two games.

When Andrew McFadden arrived in Canberra last October, he quickly realised he had a massive challenge.

Head coach Ricky Stuart wanted to turn the Raiders into a defensive powerhouse, and put a lot of responsibility for developing the structure and systems on to his new assistant coach.

The results have been spectacular, with Canberra in their first grand final tonight — against the Roosters at ANZ Stadium in Sydney — in 25 years, built around a miserly defence.

After six years in Auckland, including three campaigns at the helm of the Warriors, “Cappy” returned home last October, to be closer to family.

During his first few conversations with Stuart, he realised the principle objective for the year.

“We had an 80 per cent emphasis on defence in the pre-season,” said McFadden. “We put so much energy into it, wanted to be a defensive team this year. We didn’t look too much on the offensive side of things, it was all about defensive structures and detail.”

The Raiders had been the second best attacking team in 2018 — only the Storm were more lethal — and in 2017, they were third in terms of points scored. But they missed the top eight both seasons.

“The Raiders had notoriously been good at attack but didn’t have a defensive edge, that’s why Ricky made a change.”

The transformation began ahead of pre-season, as McFadden and fellow assistant Brett White hatched their plans.”There were a lot of conversations, a few arguments about what we wanted, but we agreed on a lot of things,” said McFadden. “We devised a plan and we stuck at it from the word go.”

“It wasn’t all smooth sailing, there were certainly some arguments and resistance and we had our ups and downs. But they all understood it at the end.”

The impact was immediate.The Raiders held the Gold Coast to nil in round one — their first clean sheet in six years — and won five of their first six games.

“When you get some good results early in the season, especially from a defensive point of view, it helps you consolidate and believe in what you are practising.”There were still some bumps in the road, with McFadden identifying the 22-16 defeat to the Eels in Darwin in round 16, where they blew a 16-0 lead, as a flashpoint.

“That is probably where our season turned. We really had a good look at ourselves about where we want to go as a group.”The next week, we went to play the Dragons in Wollongong, a place we hadn’t won for a while, and we really smacked them [36-14].”

McFadden was also pivotal to the recruitment of Charnze Nicholl-Klokstad, who was surplus to requirements at the Warriors.

NRL Grand Final 2019 Live

NRL Grand Final 2019 Live : NRL Grand Final 2019 Live Stream, The NRL Grand Final is finally here and today the 2019 NRL Premiers will be crowned. 25 rounds and three weeks of finals have led to this moment with the reigning premiers the Sydney Roosters meeting the Canberra Raiders, who have made the Grand Final for the first time since they won in 1994.ANZ Stadium will be packed to the rafters as the NRL anticipates the biggest Viking clap we’ve seen.

The Roosters are massive favourites to take out the premiership with the Raiders ready to prove they have what it takes on the field.Take our poll on the biggest questions of the day as two news.com.au sports reporters share their thoughts on the game. Mr Pinchy himself — Josh Hodgson — will hold much of the fate of this game in his hands. He’s in the Cameron Smith mould as being one of those players who controls the game like a conductor and if the Raiders win, it will be on his back. Plus it helps that he has the added bow of being the game’s best one-on-one stripper and can pull off a play that can change the game.It’s going to take something special from the Raiders if they’re to emerge victorious and I’m backing Josh Papalii to produce. The wrecking ball will tear through the Roosters’ line and could land a game changing hit that swings the momentum.

McMurtry: It’s been one of the quieter Grand Final weeks I can remember but the weight of the stories have carried it through the week. But all really pale in comparison to Cronk’s final game. It’s almost set up too perfectly. Chasing his fourth win in nine Grand Finals, the win could see Cronk put his hand up to be an Immortal — if reporting could be believed. Either way, it’s the end of one of the most brilliant careers in rugby league history and the Raiders could just spoil the party.

McKern: Cooper Cronk getting a fairytale finish is hard to top, but for me it’s the Raiders and making their first Grand Final in 25 years. Absolutely nobody tipped them to make it this far.

McMurtry: I cannot see this going to one of the lesser known players and they may have already engraved it already. Cooper Cronk could take out the award regardless of the result — as long as it’s close. After the career he’s had, it would be a fitting farewell.

That being said, it’s not unfathomable that Luke Keary could win his second straight to join Norm Provan (1957-58) and Brett Kenny (1982-83) as the only other two to do it. And if the Raiders win, Josh Hodgson could just pinch it.

McKern: James Tedesco is the best player in the world for a reason and he’ll show why once again with a dominant display on the biggest stage of all as he carries the Roosters to back-to-back Grand Final victories.