The 2017 NRL finals are almost upon us! And even if your team won't be competing, there are still plenty of things to be excited about.

Now, of course, this is only one man speaking so if you have anything thing else that you are looking forward to this NRL finals series, please leave it in the comments.


Battle of the West in the Finals!

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 22: Bryce Cartwright of the Panthers offloads the ball during the round eight NRL match between the Parramatta Eels and the Penrith Panthers at ANZ Stadium on April 22, 2017 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Matt Blyth/Getty Images)

Penrith versus Parramatta, the two towns that epitomise the west of Sydney, the loser’s season is over, the winner has a shot at winning the Provan-Summons trophy!

If results go a certain way for the rest of the season there is a good possibility that the Parramatta Eels (who would be 5th) will face the Penrith Panthers (who would be 8th) in the first week of the NRL finals series, with the loser eliminated.

It is common knowledge that the Panthers and Eels have had a long standing rivalry which began all the way back in 1967 when the Panthers entered the NRL (then known as the NSWRL). This rivalry has since been dubbed “the Battle of the West” as these two teams play within close proximity of each other in Western Sydney which today is known as rugby league royal ground.

Not only will these two teams be playing to be the pride of Western Sydney, but they will also be playing for higher stakes as the winner not only has bragging rights but moves on to the second week of the finals.

The loser, however, will have to head back home with their tail between their legs (pun very much intended).


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