NRL Grand Final 2023 Betting Tips

Ben H / 26 September 2023

Last Updated on 1 October 2023

2023 NRL Grand Final Betting Tips

In the world of the National Rugby League (NRL), the culmination of weeks of intense competition is the much-anticipated NRL Grand Final. This climactic event is the ultimate showdown between the two victorious teams from the Preliminary Finals, which take place during the third week of the NRL Finals series.


Penrith Panthers vs Brisbane Broncos

Date: Sunday, October 1, 2023

Time: 7:30 pm (est)

This years 2023 NRL Grand Final has shaped itself up to be a monumental clash as the Penrith Panthers, the dual defending champions, aim for a historic third consecutive Premiership; if they succeed in winning three in a row, it will be the first time in NRL history that a team gets the Grand Final trifecta.

Facing the formidable Brisbane Broncos, a team that has shown remarkable resilience and growth this season, it’s fair to say that this will not be easy for the Panthers; with both teams ranking 1st and 2nd on the ladder, this is the grand final everyone has eagerly anticipated.

The Panthers have been nothing short of dominant this season; their recent 38-4 victory over the Melbourne Storm marked their eighth consecutive finals win. With such a track record, it’s no surprise they’re the favourites going into Sunday’s match. The return of Jarome Luai adds another layer of strength to their lineup, and with Nathan Cleary’s unmatched in-game kicking skills, they have the tools to control the game’s tempo. The potential inclusion of Zac Hosking, known for his versatility, adds another level of drama to the mix.

However, the Broncos shouldn’t be underestimated. Their recent 42-12 triumph over the Warriors showcased their ability to play fast and fluid footy, and despite being seen as the underdogs this week, they’ve won their last four matches in this very same position. Their speed, epitomised by players like Reece Walsh, makes them a threat whenever they have the ball. The Broncos’ rapid transformation over the past two years is commendable, and they come into this game with as much momentum and passion to win as the black kitty cats.

While the Panthers bring a wealth of Grand Final experience, the Broncos bring youthful exuberance and a pulsating attack. It’s a classic matchup of experience versus youth, discipline versus excitement. The Panthers’ rock-hard defence will be tested against the Broncos’ dynamic offence.

Injury concerns do however loom for the Broncos, with key players like Herbie Farnworth and Reece Walsh carrying niggles. However, if they’re fit to play, they could be the difference-makers in this game and help push the Broncos over the line.

While the Panthers have been the dominant force and are favourites for a reason, the Broncos’ recent form and explosive playstyle make them genuine contenders and not just a team that has had a stroke of good luck; both teams deserve to be where they are right now.

I’m expecting a pretty high score with plenty of gaps being snuck through; regardless, this game should be an absolute nail-biter.

The Panthers should edge out the Broncos with a final score of 26-24. and as far as Grand Finals go, this one promises to be a clash for the ages.

Betting Tip: Panthers @1.62

Suggested Bet: Penrith Panthers Winning Margin 1-12 @2.75


Team Lineups

Penrith Panthers Position Brisbane Broncos
Dylan Edwards 1 Fullback Reece Walsh
Sunia Turuva 2 Winger Jesse Arthars
Izack Tago 3 Centre Kotoni Staggs
Stephen Crichton 4 Centre Herbie Farnworth
Brian To’o 5 Winger Selwyn Cobbo
Jarome Luai 6 Five-Eighth Ezra Mam
Nathan Cleary 7 Halfback Adam Reynolds
Moses Leota 8 Prop Thomas Flegler
Mitch Kenny 9 Hooker Billy Walters
James Fisher-Harris 10 Prop Payne Haas
Scott Sorensen 11 2nd Row Kurt Capewell
Liam Martin 12 2nd Row Jordan Riki
Isaah Yeo 13 Lock Patrick Carrigan
Jack Cogger 14 Interchange Tyson Smoothy
Lindsay Smith 15 Interchange Brendan Piakura
Spencer Leniu 16 Interchange Kobe Hetherington
Luke Garner 17 Interchange Keenan Palasia
Tyrone Peachey 18 Replacement Corey Oates
Matthew Eisenhuth 19 Reserve Martin Taupau
Zac Hosking 20 Reserve Corey Jensen
Luke Sommerton 21 Reserve Jock Madden
Tom Jenkins 22 Reserve Tristan Sailor
Luke Sommerton Corey Jensen
Matthew Eisenhuth Jock Madden
Tom Jenkins Martin Taupau
Zac Hosking Tristan Sailor

Match Officials

Referee Touch Judge Touch Judge Senior Review Official
Adam Gee Chris Sutton Dave Munro Ashley Klein


Penrith Panthers

Nathan ClearyHamstringRound 19
Brad SchneiderKneeTBC
Updated Friday, May 22, 2024


Brisbane Broncos

Kotoni StaggsRibsRound 14
Jesse ArthursJawRound 16
Adam ReynoldsBicepsRound 22
Updated Friday, May 22, 2024


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  • Penrith Panthers 1-12
  • Brian To’o Anytime Try Scorer
  • Under 38.5

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NRL Grand Final

The NRL Finals series, a pulsating tournament filled with adrenaline-fueled matches, sees the top eight teams from the regular season battling it out for the coveted spots in the Grand Final. The intensity reaches its peak in the third week, the Preliminary Finals, where the winners secure their place in the Grand Final, a match that promises a spectacle of skill, strategy, and sheer determination.

The Grand Final, a monumental event in the Australian sporting calendar, is traditionally held on the last Sunday of September. This day sees fans from across the nation and around the world tuning in to witness the crowning of the season’s champions. The atmosphere is electric, the stakes are high, and the anticipation is palpable as the two best teams of the season face off in a battle of grit and glory.

The NRL Grand Final is not just a game; it’s a celebration of the sport, a testament to the players’ hard work throughout the season, and a thrilling spectacle for fans and newcomers alike. The last Sunday in September is a day marked by excitement, passion, and unforgettable moments, as the NRL season reaches its peak.

NRL Grand Final Venue

This year the 2023 NRL Grand Final will be held at Accor Stadium in New South Wales, with an attendance capacity of 83,500 we can guarantee the atmosphere will be incredible. 

NRL Grand Final Tickets

Securing NRL Grand Final Tickets is often a high priority for rugby league enthusiasts. The opportunity to witness this thrilling contest live is an unparalleled experience, with the stadium atmosphere during the NRL Grand Final being nothing short of electric.

What Time is the NRL Grand Final?

A common query leading up to the event is “What time is the NRL Grand Final?” The start time of the NRL Grand Final is typically scheduled to maximize viewership and is estimated to begin between 6:30 – 7:30 pm AEST, ensuring fans from various time zones can tune in to this highlight of the rugby league season.

NRL Finals

The NRL Finals series is a testament to the competitive spirit of rugby league. Teams battle it out for a chance to compete in the Grand Final, with the matches in the NRL Finals often being unpredictable and intense, adding to the excitement and anticipation of the season.

Grand Final Public Holiday

Due to the NRL Grand Final always being played on a Sunday there has never been seen a reason to call the day a public holiday, however, all is not lost! New South Wales is setting their eyes upon the following Monday to become a public holiday following Victorias AFL holiday set in 2015. This will allows fans to fully enjoy the Grand Final (and recover). 

Grand Final Parade

Currently, there is no Grand Final parade for the NRL, however, there has been speculation about whether this is something they will plan to be doing so in the future, hopefully, this year marks the first year and the NRL Grand Final parade will be seen on our calendars.

NRL Tips

NRL Tips are sought after by fans and pundits alike. These insights and predictions about the outcomes of the matches, often provided by experts and former players, can enhance the viewing experience by providing a deeper understanding of the game’s strategies and nuances.

NRL Grand Final Winners

Below you will find the results for all the NRL premiership winners and match information.

The NSWRL evolved into a national competition and became the National Rugby League (NRL) in 1998.

Note* Due to salary cap breaches in 2007 and 2009 Melbourne Storm were stripped of their premiership titles, Melbourne Storm was also stripped of their minor premiership titles in 2006, 2007, and 2008 due to salary cap breaches. During these periods there were no Premiership winners for those years.

Season Premiers Score Runners up Minor Premiers
1998 Brisbane Broncos 32-18 Canterbury Bulldogs Brisbane Broncos
1999 Melbourne Storm 20-18 St George Illawarra Dragons Cronulla Sharks
2000 Brisbane Broncos 14-6 Sydney Roosters Brisbane Broncos
2001 Newcastle Knights 30-24 Parramatta Eels Parramatta Eels
2002 Sydney Roosters 30-8 New Zealand Warriors New Zealand Warriors
2003 Penrith Panthers 18-6 Sydney Roosters Penrith Panthers
2004 Canterbury Bulldogs 16-13 Sydney Roosters Sydney Roosters
2005 Wests Tigers 30-16 North Queensland Cowboys Parramatta Eels
2006 Brisbane Broncos 15-8 Melbourne Storm Withheld
2007 Withheld 34-8 Manly Sea Eagles Withheld
2008 Manly Sea Eagles 40-0 Melbourne Storm Withheld
2009 Withheld 23-16 Parramatta Eels St George Illawarra Dragons
2010 St George Illawarra Dragons 32-8 Sydney Roosters St George Illawarra Dragons
2011 Manly Sea Eagles 24-10 New Zealand Warriors Melbourne Storm
2012 Melbourne Storm 14-4 Canterbury Bulldogs Canterbury Bulldogs
2013 Sydney Roosters 26-18 Manly Sea Eagles Sydney Roosters
2014 South Sydney Rabbitohs 30-6 Canterbury Bulldogs Sydney Roosters
2015 North Queensland Cowboys 17-16 Brisbane Broncos Sydney Roosters
2016 Cronulla Sharks 14-12 Melbourne Storm Melbourne Storm
2017 Melbourne Storm 34-6 North Queensland Cowboys Melbourne Storm
2018 Sydney Roosters 21-6 Melbourne Storm Sydney Roosters
2019 Sydney Roosters 14-8 Canberra Raiders Melbourne Storm
2020 Melbourne Storm 26-20 Penrith Panthers Penrith Panthers
2021 Penrith Panthers 14-12 South Sydney Rabbitohs Melbourne Storm
2022 Penrith Panthers 28-12 Parramatta Eels Penrith Panthers
2023 Penrith Panthers 26-24 Brisbane Broncos Penrith Panthers


NRL Draw

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NRL Injury List

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Ben H
Ben Harris is the Communications Manager for KRUZEY, an AFL and NRL expert, and writer. He has one daughter that he loves dearly and five... [Read full bio]

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