Rugby League is undeniably one of Australia’s favourite sports, with fans often bundling up and facing the cold and the rain just to watch their favourite teams battle it out, each striving to one up the opposition.
But the 2018 season has been fought, and fought hard we might add. Now the stage is set, with two teams waiting in the wings to battle the last match of the season.
It's been the closest season ever, with just two points between the eight teams that made it to the final rounds. However, it's the Victorian team from Melbourne (who beat the Bunnies by just a single point) and Sydney Roosters (who had a hard fight against the Sharks) who have made it to the top.
And just like the matches in the entire season, you can celebrate every try and watch every tackle and knock-on from the comfort of your couch, with the Grand Final being broadcast live on free-to-air television and streamed online.
NRL 2018 schedule: The Grand Final
The 2018 NRL Grand Final is here, and the Chooks and the Melbourne Storm have made it to the top of the leaderboard. They will fight it out for the title of champion this week, with the Grand Final scheduled for 7:20pm AEST on September 30.
Watching the 2018 NRL Grand Final on free-to-air television
Unlike the early rounds this season, watching the Grand Final live and free on the telly is really easy.
The Nine Network holds the rights to the Grand Final match, so you'll be able to watch it on the television on Friday this week on either Channel 9 or on 9HD (Channel 90) if you prefer hi-def quality images.
Watching the 2018 NRL Grand FInal on Foxtel
While Foxtel only held the rights to a handful of games each round, you'll be able to watch the Grand Final live.
It will be simulcast on Fox League 504, and a digital subscription to Foxtel's online service, Foxtel Now, will give you access to the game as long as you have the Sports Pack. In fact, there's a two-week trial period for new subscribers, which could get you the live stream of the match for free.
Livestream the 2018 NRL season
The best way to catch every NRL game is online. Nine Network’s 9Now app, available on desktop, iOS and Android, will provide a live stream of all the matches that the network holds the rights for, along with the Grand Final.
If you aren’t too keen on switching between the Nine Network and Foxtel, your best option is to get yourself an NRL Live Pass. While Telstra customers often get free access to the NRL Live Pass as part of their mobile plan, it’s available to everyone for $3.99 a week, or $99.99 for an annual subscription. This will provide you with a live stream of the 2018 NRL Grand Final.
The NRL Live Pass app is available for both iOS and Android, but keep in mind that there are limitations on the display size of the live stream, so you won’t be able to cast it to a bigger screen like your TV. The maximum display size for the NRL Live Pass is 7-inches diagonal, with full-screen mode unavailable on devices with larger displays.
For those travelling abroad or expats who want to keep up with the heated action, a WatchNRL subscription will give you live streams to all the matches for a fee of $19 a week, $33 a month or $119 for the Mid-Season Pass. This includes every match in the Premiership plus the State of Origin series. WatchNRL allows you to pause and rewind live matches, and also allows you to download matches for offline viewing. While you can watch the livestream on desktop via the website, the WatchNRL app is also available for iOS and Android.