SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 03: Billy Slater of the Storm passes during the round 21 NRL match between the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the Melbourne Storm at ANZ Stadium on August 3, 2018 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

The NRL has confirmed the following dates for the first week of the finals.

The fixture will open on Friday night when the Rabbitohs travel to Melbourne to take on the Storm in the Second Qualifying Final.

The Panthers host the Warriors in the first Elimination Final on Saturday afternoon, followed by the First Qualifying Final clash between the Roosters and Sharks in Sydney in Saturday night.

It’s do or die for the Broncos and Dragons in the Second Elimination Final in Brisbane on Sunday.

Qualifying Final: Friday, September 7
7.40pm, AAMI Park
(2) Melbourne Storm v (3) South Sydney Rabbitohs

Elimination Final: Saturday, September 8
5.30pm, ANZ Stadium
(5) Penrith Panthers v (8) New Zealand Warriors

Qualifying Final: Saturday, September 8
7.40pm, Allianz Stadium
(1) Sydney Roosters v (4) Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks

Elimination Final: Sunday, September 9
4.00pm, Suncorp Stadium
(6) Brisbane Broncos v (7) St George Illawarra Dragons


  1. I still don’t get why Penrith have to play the “home” game at ANZ Stadium. There is absolutely no advantage in it. Let them play at Panthers Stadium where it’s their actual home and they will pack out the stadium and not play at a soulless ANZ..

  2. THIS IS PERFECT!! If the Rabbitohs and Roosters win, they will almost definitely play in the Grand Final. The Storm are out of form and Sharks should get beaten. Great for all league fans 😉

  3. I agree. I’m a massive Warriors fan and even I think it’s ridiculous the Panthers can’t play at home. If they were playing another Sydney club at ANZ it would be even more unfair as wouldn’t really be a home game at all. No incentive for them to finish where they did.

  4. Can someone please explain how the Bronco’s and Penrith finish on the same points for and against and Penrith get to play the harder game against the Warriors, why the Bronco’s not playing the Warriors, how did they determine the countback 5th to 6th.

    The NRL for some reason the NRL made the decision that Sydney clubs will play at the biggest venues, ie- ANZ Stadium when playing finals, this decision was made years ago, but why should Easts play at Allianz then , their home ground, and Penrith not at their staduim? I suppose cause they play on the same day, but what’s wrong with a double header?

      • you know Redv90, it doesn’t surprise me that you can’t spell DOESN’T, perhaps you can work on that next time you’re in line at Clink, LOL

    • If points difference is the same I’m pretty sure (not 100%) that they go back to the better defence of the two, therefore Penrith finish above Brisbane. If it was a matter of 4th and 5th it would definitely be a bonus, so it’s just a case of taking the good with the bad. I could be wrong though!

      • 13rooster, you’re definitely right mate! It comes down to who has the better defensive record if for and against differential is equal between two teams

        • Well that rules out Manly! They conceded over 600 points for the year!!! Coming second last didn’t help much either, hey Bob? Bahahahahahahahahaha

        • CBB4ver, did you see I was right about Mbye playing FB. The Dogs played him out of position for years. The same still applies for Josh Reynolds at hooker. Wait and see. 😉

      • How’s parenthood 13rooster? If I remember correctly this time last year you were about to hatch a little rooster of your own, or am I mistaken? 😉

    • I can’t be bothered googling again to double check – but last night the only explanation I could find was that when there is a tie they go on “percentages” with no explanation of what percentages they were talking about. I assumed it might be how the AFL does it – your percentage of for vs against. I did the sums and the Panthers came out at 112% and the Broncos were 111%.

  5. Hey Penso, I believe it has something to do with Penrith having a better defensive record, 461 against where as the Broncos are 500 against.

  6. I thought that Souths played Melbourne on Friday night. Also Penrith play the Warriors at ANZ Stadium to avoid congestion with the Swans game against GWS next door at the Cricket Ground.

    • That’s irrevelant though mate because Roosters V Sharks is at Allianz on the same day anyway so there’s gunna be congestion either way

        • I wouldn’t turn up on Thursday night if I were you chalky otherwise you could be in for a long wait. They are playing on Friday 7th September at 7:40pm. Dress warm it will be cold in Melbourne and the Rabbitohs fans will get an even colder reception. 😉

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