Green invasion heading Sydney’s way
"Let's get 50,000 green jerseys there next week."
Canberra co-captain Jarrod Croker has put the call out for the Green Machine army to invade Sydney next Sunday for the NRL grand final.
A record Raiders crowd performed the club's famous Viking clap before and after their preliminary final victory against South Sydney on Friday night.
It is understood the NRL will allow them to again perform their pre-game ritual at ANZ Stadium on Sunday, in similar scenes to when Souths rang their historic bell before the 2014 decider.
The Rabbitohs ended their 43-year premiership drought that season, while Canberra are into their first Grand Final since coach Ricky Stuart led them to the title as a player in 1994.
Croker said it was the crowd which got them home against Souths in a pulsating 16-10 win at a sold-out GIO Stadium and he wants another sea of green in the stands this week.
"It still hasn't sunk in that we're in a Grand Final but I'm just happy for the fans. It's been a long time for them as well. Let's get 50,000 green jerseys there next week and get that Viking clap going again," Croker told AAP. "I think we had eight dropouts (against Souths) and every time we were behind the tryline the crowd just went off their heads again and it honestly gave us a lift.
"Then a couple of calls went against us and it just fired them up even more. They got us home for sure."
2019 NRL GRAND FINAL INFORMATION
When and where is it: Sunday October 6 at ANZ Stadium, Sydney
Start time: The game is set to start at 7:30pm (AEST)
HOW TO WATCH
Channel 9 will broadcast the Grand Final live on free to air television.
GRAND FINAL ENTERTAINMENT
One Republic will headline the Sunday night festivities and will play alongside several Australian artists.
Up and coming Aussie artist Thandi Phoenix will play along with One Republic ahead of the NRL Grand Final.
Icon Daryl Braithwaite will perform at halftime of the NRL Grand Final with Christine Anu performing at halftime of the women's Grand Final.
Natalie Bassingthwaighte will sing the Australian national anthem before the game gets underway.
FULL GRAND FINAL DAY RUNNING SHEET
12pm: The Grand Final precinct opens around ANZ Stadium
1:15pm: Gates open
1:35pm: NRL Intrust Super State Championship Grand Final
3:40pm: NRL Holden Women's Premiership Grand Final
6:30pm: Retiring and departing players class of 2019 tributed on field, followed by pre-match entertainment
7:30pm: 2019 NRL Telstra Premiership Grand Final
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