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East v West: 2003 Remembered

  • East v West: 2003 Remembered

Penrith Panthers fans have had 4,294 nights to relive the sheer joy of that fateful night back in 2003.


With just a single premiership to their name before the 2003 season started and some poor finishes to seasons prior, many (if not all) had Penrith tipped for another mediocre season. How wrong they were.

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In what would be dubbed the greatest grand final in NRL history to date (in 2003), Penrith toiled to the absolute end against a Roosters team packed to the brim with star talent.

A 6-0 half-time lead was eroded early in the second stanza when Shannon Hegarty slipped through from close range. One of the greatest moments in grand final history would soon occur though, Scott Sattler somehow defying physics when he ran down flyer Todd Byrne in the ultimate turning point, turning the match on its head.

All you have to do is type 'Scott Sattler' into YouTube and it autofills to 'Scott Sattler Grand Final Tackle'; that's how big of an event this has become in the scope of the history of grand finals.

(Oh, and look.. we've done the hard work for you!)

 Forget that we dropped the ball on the ensuing set, that's not important.

It was a game of to and fro, the toughest of the tough in torrid conditions. It was, therefore, only fitting that Luke Priddis, one of the toughest living organisms to have ever existed, should dive over from dummy half to reclaim the lead for the Panthers.


Anthony Minichiello would do his best to gift the Panthers the match with some elegant dropped bombs(they really were beautiful) and when they game deteriorated into a search for one-pointers the Panthers tricked everyone (even some of their own) when they faked the field goal attempt only for two-try hero Luke Rooney to bag the game clinching try in the corner.

Pull out your DVD's, your video tapes, and your YouTube highlights clips and reminisce!

Since the departure of Luke Lewis there are no Panthers remaining in the squad from that night in 2003, but the fans are still here and they know that the current team has the makings of another premiership contender.


Masterful performances from James Maloney and Blake Ferguson were the different last time these teams met, the Roosters victorious in a 20-12 Round 3 clash.

Jamie Soward missed that match, but hes back and we all remember what happened last time he played in a match against the Roosters.


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