The winner of the NRL Grand Final is decided by MEERKATS when the players reveal their strange pre-game rituals, including one Penrith player’s disgusting eating habit.
- Meerkats at Sydney Zoo have predicted the winner of the Panthers v Eels NRL Grand Final
- A number of mongooses gravitated toward the food on offer by Panthers Rock.
- They left the rock of the eels only with food, it could be a harbinger of ‘Battle of the West’
- KIIS FM’s ‘Intern Pete’ also asked a number of Penrith players about their pre-game rituals
- The responses came from left field, especially from the utilitarian Jaeman Salmon and Brian To’o.
The winner of the 2022 NRL Grand Final was decided early, by a group of meerkats who call Sydney Zoo home.
As anticipation builds for the ‘Battle of the West’ between Penrith and Parramatta on Sunday at Accor Stadium, the cheeky creatures were given the chance to decide who they personally thought would win the premiership.
Food was placed next to two opposing rocks painted in the colors of panthers and eels, and it wasn’t good news for the blue and gold army, which hasn’t won a title since 1986, the longest drought in the NRL.
All the mongooses quickly made their way to the food being offered by Panthers Rock, which could be a possible harbinger of Ivan Cleary’s men looking for back-to-back wins.
Elsewhere in the Panthers’ practice this week, KIIS FM’s ‘Intern Pete’ asked a number of players about their pre-game rituals.
The winner of the 2022 NRL grand final was decided by a group of meerkats at the Sydney Zoo, and that’s good news for Panthers fans.
Running back Nathan Cleary revealed that he wears the same underwear, as long as his team won the previous week, while co-captain Isaah Yeo cuts his toenails.
Extreme cult hero Brian To’o raised an eyebrow when he said he downed a two-litre bottle of Coca-Cola Zero for breakfast on game day, but the strangest response came from the mouth of utilitarian Jaeman Salmon.
The 23-year-old, whom Raiders coach Ricky Stuart called a “weak, gutted dog” in an extraordinary postgame attack last month, told radio personality Pete Deppeler that he oddly eats a wisp of grass before entering the fray.
Soccer fans are salivating ahead of Sunday’s decider, which kicks off at 7:30 p.m.
Penrith and Parramatta have long been fierce rivals in the NRL, but have never met in a major final.
Elsewhere in the Panthers’ workout this week, KIIS FM’s ‘Intern Pete’ asked a number of players about their pre-game rituals, and Jaeman Salmon’s response turned heads.
Arms broker Nathan Cleary revealed that he wears the same boxer shorts, as long as his team won their previous game.
Reagan Campbell-Gillard and Waqa Blake joined the Eels in recent years after making their NRL debuts with the Panthers.
Both men also left the foot of the mountains in controversial circumstances, and would have the right to brag about the club that freed them.
Brad Arthur’s Eels beat the minor premiers twice in the home and away season, only for Penrith to get his revenge in the first week of the semi-finals earlier this month.
Ivan Cleary’s men are chasing back-to-back premierships, with the Sydney Roosters (2018 and 2019) the latest NRL team to achieve the feat.
Penrith, who have unbelievably won 66 of 78 games since the last three years, started the mind games ahead of the big dance after declaring they are now the premier NRL club in the heart of Sydney rugby league.
Reagan Campbell-Gillard (pictured) and Waqa Blake joined the Eels in recent years after making their NRL debuts with the Panthers.
Panthers winger Brian To’o stated this week that “things have changed” in relation to Penrith, which is now the dominant rugby league club in western Sydney.
“You can call us dad,” Jarome Luai, the Panthers’ fifth-eighth player, joked this week in a statement that Parramatta players will likely post in locker rooms this weekend in Homebush.
Winger Brian To’o also weighed in on the chat, stating that “things have changed”.
‘There are not many children who come from the Parramatta system who are from the west. Most of the people who are on the Parramatta team come from other countries or from other parts of New South Wales, or even from Penrith,” she told the Sydney Morning Herald.
“It’s great to see how many of us (Penrith) juniors have come from the lower grades to the big leagues.”
According to Sportsbet, Parramatta is an odd $3.10, and Penrith pays $1.40.