NRL Grand Final news: Police send warning to NRL fans as Parramatta eyes historic Grand Final double

It’s shaping up to be ‘a war of the west’, the NRL battle lines have been drawn and tickets for this All-Sydney Grand Final have been sold out in record time as the Parramatta Eels plot to end a 36-year drought.

But Penrith stands in their way, which has its own story to write as it goes for back-to-back flags in what will be its third straight Grand Final. Everything points to a massive game on Sunday with an electrifying atmosphere, but that comes with a warning from the police.

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“We don’t anticipate any problems this weekend, but we are prepared for any anti-social or criminal behavior that may arise,” Assistant Commissioner Stuart Smith said.

He also warned revelers that $500 fines would be imposed on anyone crossing the line.

Caution comes with Parramatta facing a historic double, aiming to become the first club to complete an NRL and NRLW double.

The captains: Junior Paulo (Parramatta), Nathan Cleary (Penrith), Millie Boyle (Newcastle Knights) and Simaima Taufa (Parramatta) with young fans and the NRL Premier’s Trophy at the Sydney Opera House. Credit: jenny evans/Getty Images

No team has achieved the feat since the creation of the women’s competition in 2018.

The women’s side, who slipped through to the final with just one regular-season victory, will be aiming to defeat a rejuvenated Newcastle at the Accor Stadium before the men look to end their 36-year wait for a title.

And there is more history to offer the Eels with male co-captain Junior Paulo and his NRLW counterpart Simaima Taufa aiming to become the first Polynesian skippers to win the premiership title.

“It’s special and it’s definitely possible,” said Paulo.

“It will be something special for Polynesians who aspire to play this role.

“I wished him (Taufa) well the other day, I think it’s pretty cool that we are in the position we are in today and can look to inspire the next generation.”

Junior Paulo and Nathan Cleary at the NRL Grand Final kick off at Campbells Cove on September 26. Credit: jenny evans/Getty Images

Taufa will only step down as captain if regular skipper Tiana Penitani, who is also of Tongan descent, does not recover from a hamstring injury in time to play.

Paulo was asked to present shirts to the NRLW squad ahead of last week’s upset victory over minor premierships Sydney Roosters and said he admired the growth of the women’s team under Dean Widders.

“It was a special moment and they are quite lucky to be playing (in a grand final) in their second season,” he said.

“It was about supporting each other and that’s the kind of culture we want to build at this club.”

Widders played four seasons for the Eels and said he knew exactly how great the chance of having two Grand Finals in one day was.

“As a former player, seeing the men’s team there and us too, it’s obviously going to be a big week for the fans,” he said.

“We kind of rode that wave a bit and hopefully both teams can put in some good performances and get the job done.”

– with PAA

Parra has some extra firepower for the Panthers’ bad luck grand finale.

Parra has some extra firepower for the Panthers’ bad luck grand finale.

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