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Rugby league fans lamented a one-way sided Grand Final affair, as Parramatta's hopes to end the longest premiership drought in the NRL looked dead and buried before the first half was even over.
In their first appearance in the NRL decider for 13 years, the Eels were looking to finally claim a first premiership since 1986, when they won the competition for the fourth time in six seasons.
Any hopes the Blue and Gold faithfuls had of witnessing history, however, evaporated with 30 minutes gone as Penrith raced out to an 18-0 lead.
Parramatta had no answer for Penrith in a one-sided first half at Accor Stadium on Sunday
Stephen Crichton, Brian To'o and Scott Sorensen all crossed for the Panthers, as the reigning premiers played a stunning, flawless first half of football.
And NRL fans, with the exception of Panthers supporters, were far from impressed with one-way traffic nature of the Grand Final.
Some pointed out Parramatta wouldn't have looked as off the pace had they played their team from the 1986 Grand Final.
'A lot of the Parra players are starting to look like that famous Parra team from 1986,' one fan wrote on Twitter.
Penrith took an 18-0 lead at halftime after scoring three tries in 30 minutes
Some fans pointed out Parramatta wouldn't have looked as off the pace had they played their team from 1986
While others suggested Penrith should do the honourable thing and start again
'And by that, I mean they look like they're 60 years old.'
Others, meanwhile, suggested that Penrith should have offered to start the game again after racing to an 18-point lead in 30