Penrith premiership-winning halfback Greg Alexander believes the winner of tonight’s prestigious Clive Churchill Medal is a no-brainer – before the game has even been played. LIVE BUILD UP.
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Penrith premiership-winning halfback Greg Alexander believes Nathan Cleary can elevate his status to sit alongside the game’s greatest-ever by taking out the prestigious Clive Churchill Medal.
Much to the surprise of many fans, Cleary finished third and was narrowly beaten by Raiders gun Jack Wighton for the time-honoured Dally M Medal with Parramatta’s Clint Gutherson finishing runner-up last Monday night.
On a list of former Clive Churchill Medal winners that boasts the greatest halves of the modern-era including Johnathan Thurston, Cooper Cronk, Andrew Johns, Darren Lockyer and Peter Sterling, Cleary is being backed by Alexander to claim man of the match in tonight‘s grand final.
“If the (Penrith) boys can win it – I‘ve tipped him to win the Clive Churchill Medal,’’ Alexander said. “He‘s had an unbelievable year and I’ve got so much faith in him to do the job and play well.
“No half touches the ball as much as Nathan, not even close. He gets his hands on the ball a hell of a lot and he controls the game for Penrith.
“He‘s got the temperament to handle it, there’s no question about that. ”
Cleary is currently second-favourite with the TAB at $4.25 to be named the best player on ANZ Stadium after full-time tonight.
Storm champion Cameron Smith, in what is expected to be his farewell match after 430-matches, is the top-elect at $3.75.
The two rivals are the clear top-two picks as far as the punters are concerned with damaging Melbourne five-eighth Cameron Munster $8.
Full day schedule: NRL 2020 grand final day
3:15pm – ANZ Stadium gates open
4:05pm – NRLW grand final kick-off
4:40pm – NRLW grand final halftime
4:45pm – NRLW grand final second half commences
5:20pm – NRLW grand final fulltime
5:30pm – NRLW grand final post-match presentation
6:30pm – Pre-match entertainment featuring Amy Shark begins
7:10pm – Pre-match entertainment concludes
7:24pm – Teams enter ANZ Stadium
7:26pm – National anthem and welcome to country ceremony
7:30pm – NRL grand final kick-off
8:20pm – NRL grand final halftime
8:35pm – NRL grand final second half commences
9:25pm – NRL grand final fulltime
9:30pm – NRL grand final post-match presentation
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