NRL Grand Final 2016

Each year, the NRL’s top two teams will do battle to claim ownership of the Provan-Summons Trophy.

The 2016 NRL Grand Final was won by the Cronulla Sharks, marking their first ever premiership in club history. They defeated the Melbourne Storm 14-12.

Cronulla made it to the 2016 grand final after beating the Raiders in Canberra during the first week of the finals, 16-14 and following it up with a 32-20 win at home against the Cowboys in the preliminary finals.

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The Storm also earned the luxury of a week off by beating the Cowboys, 16-10, in the first week of the finals. They then ground their way to another tight win against the Canberra Raiders in the preliminary finals, 14-12, to seal their place in the grand final.

The winners of the grand final are named the premiers of the season and awarded the Provan-Summons Trophy, while the player deemed best on ground in the grand final is awarded the Clive Churchill Medal.

The grand final is held each year at ANZ Stadium and has been ever since it was constructed in 1999 ahead of the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

The 2015 NRL Grand Final was won by the North Queensland Cowboys, recording their first ever grand final win, after they defeated the Brisbane Broncos 17-16 in golden-point time.

North Queensland Cowboys celebrate winning the 2015 NRL Grand Final

List of Rugby League Grand Final winners

Year and League Date Winner Scoreline Runners-up
1908 NSWRFL Final 29 Aug South Sydney 14 – €“12 Eastern Suburbs
1910 NSWRFL Final 17 Sep South Sydney 4 – 4 Newtown
1911 NSWRFL Final 16 Sep Eastern Suburbs 11 – 8 Glebe
1916 NSWRFL Final 26 Jul Balmain 5 – €“3 South Sydney
1922 NSWRFL Final 6 Sep North Sydney 35 – €“3 Glebe
1923 NSWRFL Final 12 Sep Eastern Suburbs 15 – 12 South Sydney
1924 NSWRFL Final 29 Jul Balmain 3 – €“0 South Sydney
1926 NSWRFL Final 18 Sep South Sydney 11 – 5 University
1927 NSWRFL Final 17 Sep South Sydney 20 – 11 St George
1928 NSWRFL Final 15 Sep South Sydney 26 – 5 Eastern Suburbs
1929 NSWRFL Final 14 Sep South Sydney 30 – 10 Newtown
1930 NSWRFL Final 4 Oct Western Suburbs 27 – 2 St George
1931 NSWRFL Final 12 Sep South Sydney 12 – 7 Eastern Suburbs
1932 NSWRFL Final 24 Sep South Sydney 19 – €“12 Western Suburbs
1933 NSWRFL Final 9 Sep Newtown 18 – 5 St George
1934 NSWRFL Final 8 Sep Western Suburbs 15 – 12 Eastern Suburbs
1935 NSWRFL Final 14 Sep Eastern Suburbs 19 – €“3 South Sydney
1936 NSWRFL Final 12 Sep Eastern Suburbs 32 – 12 Balmain
1938 NSWRFL Final 3 Sep Canterbury 19 – €“6 Eastern Suburbs
1939 NSWRFL Final 2 Sep Balmain 33 – 4 South Sydney
1940 NSWRFL Final 31 Aug Eastern Suburbs 24 – 14 Canterbury
1941 NSWRFL Final 30 Aug St George 31 – 14 Eastern Suburbs
1942 NSWRFL Final 12 Sep Canterbury 11 – 9 St George
1943 NSWRFL Final 4 Sep Newtown 34 – 7 North Sydney
1944 NSWRFL Final 16 Sep Balmain 12 – €“8 Newtown
1945 NSWRFL Final 1 Sep Eastern Suburbs 22 – 18 Balmain
1946 NSWRFL Final 14 Sep Balmain 13 – 12 St George
1947 NSWRFL Final 20 Sep Balmain 13 – €“9 Canterbury
1948 NSWRFL Grand Final Chall. 18 Sep Western Suburbs 8 – €“5 Balmain
1949 NSWRFL Grand Final Chall. 10 Sep St George 19 – 12 South Sydney
1950 NSWRFL Final 16 Sep South Sydney 21 – 15 Western Suburbs
1951 NSWRFL Grand Final Chall. 23 Sep South Sydney 42 – €“14 Manly Warringah
1952 NSWRFL Grand Final Chall. 20 Sep Western Suburbs 22 – 12 South Sydney
1953 NSWRFL Final 12 Sep South Sydney 31 – 12 St George
1954 NSWRFL Grand Final 18 Sep South Sydney 23 – 15 Newtown
1955 NSWRFL Grand Final 17 Sep South Sydney 12 – €“11 Newtown
1956 NSWRFL Grand Final 8 Sep St George 18 – 12 Balmain
1957 NSWRFL Grand Final 21 Sep St George 31 – €“9 Manly Warringah
1958 NSWRFL Grand Final 13 Sep St George 20 – €“9 Western Suburbs
1959 NSWRFL Grand Final 15 Aug St George 20 – €“0 Manly Warringah
1960 NSWRFL Grand Final 3 Sep St George 31 – 6 Eastern Suburbs
1961 NSWRFL Grand Final 16 Sep St George 22 – 0 Western Suburbs
1962 NSWRFL Grand Final 15 Sep St George 9 – 6 Western Suburbs
1963 NSWRFL Grand Final 24 Aug St George 8 – €“3 Western Suburbs
1964 NSWRFL Grand Final 19 Sep St George 11 – €“6 Balmain
1965 NSWRFL Grand Final 18 Sep St George 12 – 8 South Sydney
1966 NSWRFL Grand Final 17 Sep St George 23 – €“4 Balmain
1967 NSWRFL Grand Final 16 Sep South Sydney 12 – 10 Canterbury
1968 NSWRFL Grand Final 21 Sep South Sydney 13 – €“9 Manly Warringah
1969 NSWRFL Grand Final 20 Sep Balmain 11 – 2 South Sydney
1970 NSWRFL Grand Final 19 Sep South Sydney 23 – 12 Manly Warringah
1971 NSWRFL Grand Final 18 Sep South Sydney 16 – 10 St George
1972 NSWRFL Grand Final 16 Sep Manly Warringah 19 – 14 Eastern Suburbs
1973 NSWRFL Grand Final 15 Sep Manly Warringah 10 – 7 Cronulla
1974 NSWRFL Grand Final 21 Sep Eastern Suburbs 19 – €“4 Canterbury
1975 NSWRFL Grand Final 20 Sep Eastern Suburbs 38 – €“0 St George
1976 NSWRFL Grand Final 18 Sep Manly Warringah 13 – 10 Parramatta
1977 NSWRFL Grand Final 17 Sep St George 9 – 9 Parramatta
1977 NSWRFL Grand Final Rep. 24 Sep St George 22 – €“0 Parramatta
1978 NSWRFL Grand Final 16 Sep Manly Warringah 11 – €“11 Cronulla
1978 NSWRFL Grand Final Rep. 19 Sep Manly Warringah 16 – 0 Cronulla
1979 NSWRFL Grand Final 22 Sep St George 17 – €“13 Canterbury
1980 NSWRFL Grand Final 27 Sep Canterbury 18 – 4 Eastern Suburbs
1981 NSWRFL Grand Final 27 Sep Parramatta 20 – 11 Newtown
1982 NSWRFL Grand Final 26 Sep Parramatta 21 – €“8 Manly Warringah
1983 NSWRFL Grand Final 25 Sep Parramatta 18 – 6 Manly Warringah
1984 NSWRL Grand Final 23 Sep Canterbury 6 – €“4 Parramatta
1985 NSWRL Grand Final 29 Sep Canterbury 7 – €“6 St George
1986 NSWRL Grand Final 28 Sep Parramatta 4 – 2 Canterbury
1987 NSWRL Grand Final 27 Sep Manly Warringah 18 – €“8 Canberra
1988 NSWRL Grand Final 11 Sep Canterbury 24 – 12 Balmain
1989 NSWRL Grand Final 24 Sep Canberra 19 – €“14 Balmain
1990 NSWRL Grand Final 23 Sep Canberra 18 – €“14 Penrith
1991 NSWRL Grand Final 22 Sep Penrith 19 – 12 Canberra
1992 NSWRL Grand Final 27 Sep Brisbane 28 – 8 St George
1993 NSWRL Grand Final 26 Sep Brisbane 14 – €“6 St George
1994 NSWRL Grand Final 25 Sep Canberra 36 – €“12 Canterbury
1995 ARL Grand Final 24 Sep Canterbury 17 – 4 Manly Warringah
1996 ARL Grand Final 29 Sep Manly Warringah 20 – €“8 St George
1997 Super League Grand Final 20 Sep Brisbane Broncos 26 – €“8 Cronulla
1997 ARL Grand Final 28 Sep Newcastle 22 – 16 Manly Warringah
1998 NRL Grand Final 27 Sep Brisbane 38 – 12 Canterbury
1999 NRL Grand Final 26 Sep Melbourne 20 – 18 St George Illawarra
2000 NRL Grand Final 27 Aug Brisbane 14 – 6 Sydney Roosters
2001 NRL Grand Final 30 Sep Newcastle 30 – €“24 Parramatta
2002 NRL Grand Final 6 Oct Sydney Roosters 30 – €“8 Warriors
2003 NRL Grand Final 5 Oct Penrith 18 – 6 Sydney Roosters
2004 NRL Grand Final 3 Oct Canterbury 16 – 13 Sydney Roosters
2005 NRL Grand Final 2 Oct Wests Tigers 30 – €“16 North Queensland
2006 NRL Grand Final 1 Oct Brisbane 15 – 8 Melbourne
2007 NRL Grand Final 30 Sep Melbourne 34 – €“8 Manly Warringah
2008 NRL Grand Final 5 Oct Manly Warringah 40 – 0 Melbourne
2009 NRL Grand Final 4 Oct Melbourne 23 – 16 Parramatta
2010 NRL Grand Final 3 Oct St George Illawarra 32 – 8 Sydney Roosters
2011 NRL Grand Final 2 Oct Manly Warringah 24 – €“10 Warriors
2012 NRL Grand Final 30 Sep Melbourne 14 – 4 Canterbury
2013 NRL Grand Final 6 Oct Sydney Roosters 26 – 18 Manly-Warringah
2014 NRL Grand Final 5 Oct South Sydney Rabbitohs 30 – 6 Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs
2015 NRL Grand Final 4 Oct North Queensland 17 – 16 Brisbane
2016 NRL Grand Final 2 Oct Cronulla 14 – 12 Melbourne

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