Rugby League: Grand final fever takes over

Scalpers are having a field day flogging sought-after seats for the grand final, as NRL officials admit they are powerless to stop speculators asking up to A$1000 ($1144) a ticket.

Since the final 9000 tickets were snapped up in five hours on Monday, advertisements have appeared in newspapers and on the internet offering seats for drastically inflated prices.

The NRL said it had set prices from A$30 ($34) to A$99 ($113) to make them affordable.

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Sydneysiders Doug and Dianna Anderson, the parents of New Zealand Warriors coach Daniel Anderson, are happy to ditch their beloved Sydney Roosters for the final.

"We still have a soft spot for the Roosters," Doug Anderson said, "but when Sunday comes we don't want them to win."

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Proud New Zealander Jenny Morris will sing the New Zealand anthem before the big match.

David Campbell will sing the Australian anthem, and the pre-game entertainment will feature Diesel, Sophie Monk and Billy Idol.

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What do you get when you mix pie crust, tasty chicken, veges and national pride? A chance to show where your support lies.

Whangarei company Regency Pies is urging Northlanders to tuck into its "stuffed rooster" pies in support of the Warriors.

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Bill Mullins, a wing in the Roosters' premiership-winning sides of 1974 and 1975, could well be the proudest father in Australia by Sunday night.

He will attend son Aaron's wedding in Dubbo tomorrow before travelling to Sydney to watch his other son, Sydney Roosters winger Brett Mullins, play in the final.

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