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On the verge of three-peat; First GF in eight years

As the Panthers look to become the first team in four decades to win three premierships in a row, the Broncos are in a decider for the first time since 2015 and looking to end a 17-year title drought.

Penrith were in devastating touch as they advanced to their fourth-straight grand final with a commanding 38-4 victory over the Storm, which is the biggest preliminary final winning margin achieved in the NRL era.

On the back of an 87 percent completion rate, the Panthers were able to flex their considerable attacking muscle, with Nathan Cleary, Isaah Yeo and Dylan Edwards all having a big influence on the match.

Twenty four hours later up in Brisbane, the Broncos put on a clinic of their own led by superstar fullback Reece Walsh, who tore the Warriors to pieces in a 42-12 win.

With 11 line breaks and 23 offloads to their name by full-time – all while still managing to complete 82 percent of their sets – Kevin Walters’ side delivered a powerful message about their ability with ball in hand, ahead of facing a side who have been easily the best defensive unit in the competition this season.

As it’s turned out the last game of the Telstra Premiership season will see a rematch of a clash which featured in the opening round back at the start of March, with the Broncos making a statement that night via a 13-12 defeat of the defending premiers.

Penrith got one back by way of a 15-4 victory at Suncorp Stadium 11 rounds later though.
The Panthers have won 50 percent of their 42 games at Accor Stadium, while the Broncos have won 16 of 34 at the venue.

Coach Ivan Cleary is set to roll out the same 17 who took the field in the preliminary final, with no injury or judiciary concerns emerging from the win over the Storm.

Jarome Luai (shoulder) and Izack Tago (pectoral) got through their returns to action unscathed, while Nathan Cleary showed no signs of being impacted by the finger injury he suffered at training last week.

The facial cut he sustained against Melbourne isn’t expected to be an issue come Sunday.

have used the same 17 in both of their finals wins this season and that is unlikely to change come the decider, with coach Walters set to stick with the same group.

There were no immediate injury or judiciary concerns following the win over the Warriors, while Jesse Arthars is likely to keep veteran wing Corey Oates out of the side once again after another strong performance that included a try.

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– NRL.COM