In Sydney Grand Final fever is starting to heat up ahead of the NRL grand final.

It’ll be a packed ANZ Stadium on Sunday for the clash between the Roosters and Sea Eagles.

Martyna Kulczyk reports.


Fans are already in Grand Final mode with 80,000 expected at Homebush.

Today, NRL die hards had the chance to get their photo taken with the Provan-Summons Trophy at Sydney Park.

One has taken his support for the Manly Sea Eagles to a new level.

Dean Downie, Manly fan: “Manly’s gonna go all the way, ah they’re gonna go in like a steam-roller, they’re gonna steam-roll the chooks and send them back to Bondi as Portuguese chicken.”

Underdogs Manly are experienced Grand Finalists, but players say it’s impossible to gauge how they’ll go against the Roosters on the day.

Jamie Lyon, Sea Eagles Coach: “Even the Roosters, going back a few years ago – they’ve got a few new faces and I think they’re definitely a stronger side than they were in 2010.”

The Sydney Roosters, disappointed fans yesterday at a brief appearance in Tumbalong Park with front-man Sonny Bill Williams a no-show.

Williams, Boyd Cordner and Luke O’Donnell, were some of the players who spent today laying low.

Cordner recovering from a broken ankle, is expected to play.

Brad Fittler, Ex-Roosters Coach: “I’ve spoken to Boyd a bit the last couple of weeks and once the pain’s cool, I think he’ll be right to go.”

Sea Eagles players Brett Stewart is recovering from the flu and Anthony Watmough from a sore leg.

Entertainment on the night will include performances by Jessica Mauboy and Ricky Martin, before a 6.15pm kick off.

Martyna Kulczyk, QUT News.