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The 2013 NRL Grand Final was the conclusive and premiership-deciding game of the 2013 NRL season. Played on Sunday, 6 October at Sydney's ANZ Stadium between the minor premiers Sydney Roosters and the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles. The Roosters won the match 26–18 to claim their 13th premiership title, and became the first team since the St George Illawarra Dragons in 2010 to win the both the minor premiership and the premiership in the same season.

2013 (2013) NRL Grand Final  ()
2013 NRL Grand Final logo.jpg
12 Total
SYD Eastern Suburbs colours.svg 818 26
MAN Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg 612 18
Date6 October 2013
StadiumANZ Stadium
Clive Churchill MedalDaly Cherry-Evans Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg
Australian National anthemJessica Mauboy
RefereesShayne Hayne
Ben Cummins
Steve Carrall (Touch Judge)
Russell Turner (Touch Judge)
Broadcast partners
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The NRL premiers for the 2013 season were decided between two Sydney based clubs, the minor premiers Sydney Roosters and the 4th-placed Manly Warringah Sea Eagles. It was the first time in 41 years the two sides played for a premiership title, which Manly last were victorious in claiming the 1972 title in the then NSWRL competition.[2] Both the Roosters and the Sea Eagles have now featured prominently in grand finals since the turn of the new century, with the Roosters making the grand finals in 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2010 whilst the Sea Eagles have featured in 2007, 2008 and 2011. Despite making the most appearances in the past 14 seasons the Roosters had only been successful in one of their five previous appearances, when they defeated grand final debutants New Zealand Warriors 30 points to 8 in 2002. The Sea Eagles' last premiership victory was also against the Warriors when they defeated them in the 2011 decider 24 points to 10.[3] It marked the first time since 2005 that either Wayne Bennett, Craig Bellamy or Des Hasler will not coach a side to a grand final, as each have claimed a grand final victory for the past seven seasons. Both Trent Robinson and Geoff Toovey were debutant grand final coaches in their first and second respective years in the NRL.

Team listsEdit

Position Manly Warringah
Sea Eagles
Anthony Minichiello (c) Fullback Brett Stewart
Daniel Tupou Wing Jorge Taufua
Michael Jennings Centre Jamie Lyon (c)
Shaun Kenny-Dowall Centre Steve Matai
Roger Tuivasa-Sheck Wing David Williams
James Maloney Five-eighth Kieran Foran
Mitchell Pearce Halfback Daly Cherry-Evans
Jared Waerea-Hargraves Prop Brenton Lawrence
Jake Friend Hooker Matt Ballin
Sam Moa Prop Brent Kite
Aidan Guerra 2nd Row Anthony Watmough
Sonny Bill Williams 2nd Row Justin Horo
Boyd Cordner Lock Glenn Stewart
Frank-Paul Nuuausala Interchange David Gower
Daniel Mortimer Interchange Jamie Buhrer
Mitchell Aubusson Interchange Tom Symonds
Luke O'Donnell Interchange George Rose
Trent Robinson Coach Geoff Toovey

Note: Both Boyd Cordner and Luke O'Donnell were late inclusions to the Roosters squad with Cordner replacing Frank-Paul Nuuausala at lock and both Nuuausala and O'Donnell replacing Isaac Liu and Dylan Napa on the interchange bench.


  • Long standing Roosters fullback Anthony Minichiello played his sixth grand final for his club after having previously featured in every premiership decider they have reached since 2000, although his only victory came from 2002.[4] Were the Roosters to lose the game he would have been the first player in the history of Australian rugby league to lose five grand finals.
  • Jamie Lyon, Brett Stewart, Glenn Stewart, Steve Matai, Brent Kite and Anthony Watmough all played their fourth grand final together, after having previously appeared in their past three appearances for Manly in 2007, 2008 and 2011.

Match detailsEdit

Sunday, 6 October
7:30pm (AEDT)
Sydney Roosters   26 – 18   Manly Warringah Sea Eagles
Tupou (25') 1
Guerra (55') 1
Kenny-Dowall (60') 1
Jennings (72') 1
Maloney 5/5
(27', 32' pen, 56', 62', 74')
1st: 8 - 6
2nd: 18 - 12
1 (9') Taufua
1 (43' pen) Lyon
1 (49') Matai
3/4 Lyon
(17' pen, 44', 51')
ANZ Stadium, Sydney
Referee: Shayne Hayne & Ben Cummins
Clive Churchill Medal: Daly Cherry-Evans

1st halfEdit

Manly began strongly and had control early on. Pressure led to Roosters five-eighth James Maloney kicking out on the full, and a tackle from his opposing number Kieran Foran on back-rower Sonny-Bill Williams led to a dropped ball and possession for the Sea Eagles, which quickly led to their first try, scored by winger Jorge Taufua. Captain Jamie Lyon missed the conversion, making it 4-0 to the Sea Eagles, however a penalty a few minutes later led to a scoreline of 6-0 by the 17th minute.[1] The Roosters came back to score through winger Daniel Tupou on the back of a cross-field bomb from Maloney, and the Five-eighth's sideline conversion brought the scoreline to 6–6. A few minutes later a contentious[citation needed] penalty to the Roosters gave them another two points, and they took the lead into the halftime break, 8–6.[1]

2nd halfEdit

In only the 43rd minute, Manly were in scoring position, with halfback Daly Cherry-Evans grubber-kicking for Lyon, however he was tackled without the ball by Roosters substitute Mitch Aubusson, leading the video referees to rule a penalty try. Lyon converted it to bring the Sea Eagles back to the lead at 12-8. A forced drop-out conceded by the Roosters put Manly into attacking position quickly and they capitalised, Matai scoring and Lyon again converting to push the score out to 18-8 with only 30 minutes remaining.[1] Roosters back-rower Aiden Guerra next scored however, and a conversion brought the Roosters back into the game at 18-14, before a line-break and offload from Williams to Maloney opened the Sea Eagles' defensive line. Maloney sprinted downfield and gave a pass to Minichello. The Roosters captain then put centre Shaun Kenny-Dowall in to score which, along with a conversion from Maloney, put the Minor Premiers back in the lead at 20–18 with 18 minutes to go. An error from the Roosters put Manly back into contention, but a knock on from winger David Williams and a lack of capitalisation on a Roosters mistake brought them back to the Manly end of the field following another line-break from the Roosters' Williams. A grubber kick from Maloney led to a freakish try to centre Michael Jennings, who grounded the ball only centimetres inside the dead ball line. A final conversion to Maloney took the score to 26–18, and even a short kick-off attempt from Manly couldn't crack the Roosters' defence in the last six minutes of play.[1]


Sydney Roosters captain Anthony Minichiello became the first fullback to captain his team to a Grand Final victory since Frank 'Skinny' McMillan in 1934.[5] Manly halfback Daly Cherry-Evans was awarded the Clive Churchill Medal for best and fairest in the Grand Final, the first awarded to a player from a losing side since 1993, and only the third time this had happened, at the time. Jack Wighton, from the Canberra Raiders, has since achieved this in 2019. [6] Roosters coach Trent Robinson became the first coach to win a premiership in their first year of coaching in the NRL since Ricky Stuart in 2002.[7]

The premiership rings awarded to the members of the winning team were worth AU$6,000.[8]

Opening GamesEdit


The Roosters' premiership victory qualified them for the 2014 World Club Challenge, to be played in the 2014 pre-season against the winners of the 2013 Super League Grand final, Wigan Warriors.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c d e Kent, Paul (7 October 2013). "Sydney Roosters beat Manly Sea Eagles 26–18 to win epic NRL Grand Final". Retrieved 7 October 2013.
  2. ^ Horne, Ben (5 October 2013). "Manly DNA was formed against Roosters". NRL. Retrieved 7 October 2013.
  3. ^ Brown, Michael (4 October 2013). "NRL: Feathers will fly in Sea Eagles-Roosters final". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 7 October 2013.
  4. ^ "Essential guide to NRL Grand Final featuring Sydney Roosters and Manly Sea Eagles". The Telegraph. 6 October 2013. Retrieved 7 October 2013.
  5. ^ Evans, Will (2012). A Short History of Rugby League. p. 38.
  6. ^ Barton, Joe. "Cherry-Evans' unlikely Churchill medal". Retrieved 7 October 2013.
  7. ^ Ian McCullough. "Pearce hopes Robinson will stick around". Brisbane Times. Retrieved 7 October 2013.
  8. ^ Walshaw, Nick (15 September 2014). "NRL unveils premiership rings for 2014 season, which are worth $8000 each". The Daily Telegraph. News Ltd. Retrieved 16 September 2014.