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Grand Final player ratings - Penrith Panthers: Cleary goes from shocker to perfect 10, Leota's epic impact

1st October, 2023
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How the Panthers rated in the NRL Grand Final.

1. Dylan Edwards: The other member of the Panthers spine who performed really well. Put in all night. Huge. A star.  8.5/10

2. Sunia Turuva: Had very little opportunity. Had big kick return metres with a few great runs but missed a fair few tackles. 5.5/10

3. Izack Tago: Twice failed to pass to To’o when he probably would have scored. Missed a few crucial tackles that resulted in tries. Not a good night at all. Except for the bit where he got a premiership ring… 3.5/10

4. Stephen Crichton: Had his moments early without being great but then scored a superb try with plenty to do to get the Panthers right back into it and was superb from that point on. 8/10


5. Brian To’o: A mixed night. Toiled hard with good metres, did nothing wrong, outside missing four tackles. 6/10

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6. Jarome Luai: Not a great game at all. Went off injured in the 52nd minute and the Panthers best play happened afterwards. 4/10

7. Nathan Cleary: He was having a shocker. He was. Then, when all looked gone, he personally dragged his side back from 16 points down in the greatest performance I’ve ever seen in a grand final. Cometh the hour, cometh the man.  10/10

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 01: Nathan Cleary of the Panthers poses with the Provan-Summons Trophy after winning the 2023 NRL Grand Final match between Penrith Panthers and Brisbane Broncos at Accor Stadium on October 01, 2023 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

Nathan Cleary poses with the Provan-Summons Trophy after winning the 2023 NRL Grand Final match at Accor Stadium on October 01, 2023 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

8. Moses Leota: Massive metres, huge tackles, a try. Epic effort.  8.5/10

9. Mitch Kenny: Scored the first try and provided good service all night. Strong in defence. 7/10

10. James Fisher-Harris: 13 runs for 153 metres was huge. But five missed tackles wasn’t his usual high standard. 6.5/10

11. Scott Sorensen: Another with uncharacteristically high missed tackles with six misses. Toiled hard on either side of an HIA. 6/10

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12. Liam Martin: A real workhorse with 37 tackles and plenty of dirty runs when his side needed them most. 7/10

13. Isaah Yeo: An HIA interrupted his night keeping him to 134 metres gained and 30 tackles. A superb player. 7.5/10

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 01: Panthers celebrate with the trophy during the 2023 NRL Grand Final match between Penrith Panthers and Brisbane Broncos at Accor Stadium on October 01, 2023 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

Penrith celebrated their third straight NRL title. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

14. Jack Cogger: Only got 29 minutes on the field but toiled hard and looked sharp. 5/10

15. Lindsay Smith: The lad tried hard but really struggled in defence, missing a few crucial tackles that nearly cost his side dearly. He’ll have to console himself with a premiership ring. 4/10

16. Spencer Leniu: Just 22 minutes for the Roosters bound Spencer. An honest effort. 5/10

17. Luke Garner: Another with limited game time who acquitted himself well in attack and defence without starring. 5/10

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