Painful tackle NRL grand final: Bailey Simonsson Dylan Edwards Panthers Parramatta Penrith Eels

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The most painful moment of the NRL grand final: Eels star Bailey Simonsson cries out in agony after he was denied a try by a miracle tackle

  • Eels winger Bailey Simonsson was badly injured in an inspirational cover tackle
  • Dylan Edwards pulled off the try-saving tackle in the 57th minute of the game
  • Simonsson heard a pop in his shoulder and may require surgery if dislocated

Penrith’s Dylan Edwards produced an iconic grand final moment when he pulled off a brilliant cover tackle on Bailey Simonsson – but he also gave the Eels winger the most agonising injury of the game.

The Panthers won back-to-back NRL premierships with a dominant 28-12 win over the Parramatta Eels on Sunday night.

Edward’s tackle in the 57th minute, with Penrith up 22-0, saw Simonsson land awkwardly on his outstretched arm and scream out in agony afterwards.

Eels winger Bailey Simonsson screamed out in pain after badly injuring his shoulder in a miraculous cover tackle by Panthers fullback Dylan Edwards

Eels winger Bailey Simonsson screamed out in pain after badly injuring his shoulder in a miraculous cover tackle by Panthers fullback Dylan Edwards

Edwards is pictured tackling Simonsson in the 57th minute. The tackle saved a try and put Simonsson out of the game

Edwards is pictured tackling Simonsson in the 57th minute. The tackle saved a try and put Simonsson out of the game

Edwards threw himself at the Eels speedster and dragged him into touch and t was immediately evident that  Simonsson was in distress as he clutched his left shoulder and stayed on the turf.

The  24-year-old wasn’t just denied a try, he was forced out of the game with what could be a serious injury.

NRL physio Brien Seeney reported that the youngster ‘felt a pop’ during the tackle and said the main concern was a dislocation by landing on an outstretched arm.

Simonsson had reconstruction surgery on the same shoulder in 2020 – and significant damage would make another operation likely, with his estimated recovery time at three to five months.

Edwards’ tackle evoked memories of Panthers great Scott Sattler’s try-saving effort on Sydney Roosters star Todd Byrne in Penrith’s 2003 NRL grand final triumph.

‘You could split screen the Sattler tackle with that and it would be eerily similar,’ Channel 9 commentator Matt Thompson said afterwards.

NRL physio Brien Seeney reported that the youngster (pictured leaving the field) 'felt a pop' during the tackle and said the main concern was a dislocation by landing on an outstretched arm. Simonsson has had previous reconstruction surgery on the same shoulder in 2020

NRL physio Brien Seeney reported that the youngster (pictured leaving the field) ‘felt a pop’ during the tackle and said the main concern was a dislocation by landing on an outstretched arm. Simonsson has had previous reconstruction surgery on the same shoulder in 2020

‘Different side of the ground, of course. But [it’s] the way that he dragged him over the touch line there.’

The moment caused wild scenes on the field as teammates flew in to congratulate Edwards, who went on to win the Clive Churchill Medal.

Even Panthers coach Ivan Cleary gave an animated celebration in the box.

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