MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 03: Jesse Bromwich of the Storm is tackled by Michael Ennis of the Sharks during the round 26 NRL match between the Melbourne Storm and the Cronulla Sharks at AAMI Park on September 3, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Top 10 matches of 2017 revealed


The 2017 NRL Draw was released this morning, throwing up a lot of scintillating clashes across the season. From old rivalries to personal grudges, here are the top ten clashes of next season revealed.

Round 1: South Sydney Rabbitohs vs Wests Tigers

Friday, March 3rd, 8:05pm, ANZ Stadium

Rugby league fans won’t have to wait long to see Robbie Farah take on former coach Jason Taylor, with the feud set to come to head when the two teams meet. Both clubs missed out on the top eight in 2016, with the new season delivering fresh hopes of a finals berth to both club’s fans. While South Sydney’s recruitment of Robbie Farah along with a roster overhaul promises to resurrect the side that won a premiership two seasons ago, while the development of young trio Luke Brooks, Mitchell Moses and James Tedesco, as well as the return of Jamal Idris, will have Tiger’s fans excited ahead of their 2017 prospects.

Round 2: Brisbane Broncos vs North Queensland Cowboys

Friday, March 10th, 8:05pm, Suncorp Stadium

It’s been the best rivalry over the last few seasons, and the clash between these two Queensland clubs shouldn’t be any less gripping. The teams last met in the second week of the finals in 2016, the match ending after ten minutes of extra time. Funnily enough, the Cowboy’s six-point victory was the biggest winning margin between the sides in their last five clashes. Both sides begin 2017 following monumental losses to their forward pack, with North Queensland losing James Tamou to Penrith, while Brisbane loses their captain Corey Parker following his retirement. Whether the clash can live up to its predecessors is yet to be seen, but with the likes of Jonathan Thurston, Darius Boyd, Anthony Milford and Jason Taumalolo taking the pitch, there’s a high chance of it.

GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 07: Jarryd Hayne of the Titans greets fans before entering the field of play for the warm-ups before the round 22 NRL match between the Gold Coast Titans and the New Zealand Warriors at Cbus Super Stadium on August 7, 2016 in Gold Coast, Australia. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)
GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA – AUGUST 07: Jarryd Hayne of the Titans greets fans before entering the field of play for the warm-ups before the round 22 NRL match between the Gold Coast Titans and the New Zealand Warriors at Cbus Super Stadium on August 7, 2016 in Gold Coast, Australia. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

Round 3: Gold Coast Titans vs Parramatta Eels

Friday, March 17th, 8:05pm, Cbus Super Stadium

The Gold Coast Titans and Parramatta both proved in 2016 that they were clubs firmly on the up, despite the drama surrounding both clubs. Over the last six seasons, three of the wooden spoons lie between these clubs. But even more interesting than on-field results is a man that goes by the name of Jarryd Hayne. Parramatta’s prodigal son departed the Eels at the end of 2014 to pursue an opportunity in the NFL, promising that if he ever returned to the NRL that it’d be with his former club. Hayne broke his promise, signing on with the Titans at the backend of the 2016 season. This match will see Hayne take on his former club as well as his successor Bevan French in a match that could have massive ramifications on where each side finishes in 2017.

Round 4: South Sydney Rabbitohs vs Sydney Roosters

Thursday, March 23rd, 8:05pm, ANZ Stadium

The oldest rivalry in rugby league will reignite in round 4, with both foundation clubs tipped to regain their form following sudden falls on the ladder in 2016. Both teams have also revitalised their rosters. South Sydney have added Robbie Farah, while the Roosters have pinched premiership winning five-eighth Luke Keary from their rivals. South Sydney have won the first clash of the season between the pair for four consecutive seasons, with the club switch of Luke Keary only added motivation to continue their streak. No matter who wins the clash, it’ll make for a bitter rematch later in the season in round 18.

Round 6: Melbourne Storm vs Cronulla Sharks

Sunday, April 9th, 4pm, AAMI Park

If there’s one game that brings in the viewers every year, it’s the grand final rematch. For one side, it’s the chance to truly assert their dominance over a side that they beat in the last game of the season the previous year, while for other team it’s the chance to inflict just a little bit of revenge on the side who ended their last season in disappointment. Over the past decade, the grand final rematch has seen an even split of the results – over the ten matches, the premiers have emerged victorious five times, and left the stadium with the loss on the other five times. With both Cronulla and Melbourne losing key players, this match-up should have fans glued to their seats.

Round 7: Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs vs South Sydney Rabbitohs

Friday, April 14th, 4pm, ANZ Stadium

These two teams have created some of the feistiest clashes over the last few years, with the annual Good Friday clash one of the most anticipated games of the year. Last year’s Good Friday match saw the Bulldogs walk away 42-12 winners against an injury-ravaged Rabbitohs outfit, but the final game of the regular season saw the Rabbitohs strike back with a 28-10 victory, the game marking the first rematch between Englishman Sam Burgess and James Graham since the 2014 Grand Final. With both clubs possessing some of the biggest forward packs in the competition, it should make for a tough battle between the sides as they look to once again claim victory over their Sydney rivals.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 25: Blake Green of the Storm looks on during the round eight NRL match between the Melbourne Storm and the New Zealand Warriors at AAMI Park on April 25, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Graham Denholm/Getty Images)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – APRIL 25: Blake Green of the Storm looks on during the round eight NRL match between the Melbourne Storm and the New Zealand Warriors at AAMI Park on April 25, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Graham Denholm/Getty Images)

Round 7: Manly Sea Eagles vs Melbourne Storm

Saturday, April 15th, 3pm, Brookvale Oval

Manly have fallen in the past few seasons, but if there’s one clash that the team gets up for each season, it’s their clash against Melbourne. The two teams clashed in three straight grand finals between 2007 and 2009, and the bitter rivalry still stands strong. To add salt into the wounds, Manly have snagged Melbourne five-eighth Blake Green, who’ll combine with Daly Cherry-Evans in the task of lifting the Sea Eagles back to their glory days. The Storm are coming off a minor premiership win, while Manly finished the 2016 season in a lowly 13th place. But as long as the fans of the teams still have bitter feelings towards one another, the clash will be another on to remember.

Round 14: Penrith Panthers vs Canberra Raiders

Saturday, June 10th, 5:30pm, Carrington Park

Two of the biggest contenders of 2017 will meet up in round 14 at the neutral Carrington Park in Bathurst, with both sides carrying big wraps following a season where both teams exceeded expectations. For the Raiders, it was a case of so close, so far in 2016, falling just 80 minutes of a grand final berth. While they were quiet on the recruitment front, another season building combinations should leave Canberra as one of the premier teams in 2017. Meanwhile, the Penrith Panthers have added international James Tamou, though the biggest focus for Penrith will be keeping the squad on the park, and away from the injury award. If both teams can produce full strength teams, this should prove to be one of the best matches of the season.

Round 14: Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs vs St George Illawarra Dragons

Monday, June 12th, 4pm, ANZ Stadium

While neither of these clubs is expected to do big things in 2017, their rivalry remains strong. The Bulldogs came out victorious in both of the clashes in 2016, with the two encounters producing fiery matches ending in a deal of controversy. After finishing with the second-worst attack of the competition, a change of spine for the Dragons could change their fortunes ahead of the new season. While the Bulldogs of 2016 made the finals, four straight losses to end the season have Dog’s fans calling for Des Hasler’s sacking. With both team’s head coaches skating on thin ice, it should make for a crucial clash.

Round 26: Sydney Roosters vs Gold Coast Titans

TBC, Allianz Stadium

These teams don’t exactly hold any bad blood between them, but this clash in the final round of the season could be as intense as they come. Both tipped to force their way into the top 8 in 2017, this clash could determine whether one team or the other makes the cut, as well as deciding other team’s fate at the same time. The game pits the likes of superstars Jarryd Hayne and Ryan James against Mitchell Pearce and Boyd Cordner in a match that could have massive ramifications on the 2017 NRL Finals.


49 COMMENTS

    • greenblooded I wouldn’t get to excited ,sure 2016 was an ok year but based on your past next year will be a flop , your lot should have done better this year but missed the bus ,can’t see it happening in 17 , and before you start ,Manly have a couple “NRL Prems” you have ,,,,,, none , Ricky’s a knob and the raiders are knobs ,,,

      • Should have done better? OK year? They finished second and made the GF qualifier and lost by under a try to the Storm in Melbourne. Only two teams could claim to have had better years than the Raiders.

        Have only lost one player from our 17 from the Storm game and Vaughan was only in the team due to injury.

        Bit ironic to be calling others knobs when you are king knob.

        • Oh miltontoaster my banter was for greenblooded ,since you’ve jumped in how’s it going ? Been busy ? Bet you have ,you get a workout grilling cheese every morning in our house hold , yes Ricky is a knob ! And yes so are the Raiders ,, now go away before I remove the RCD from your meter box and render you ,,,,,, useless !!!

        • pedro,,, bored ,,, so I decided to go cyber fishing ,,, normally there’s just decomposing tyres in the swamp ,this time I caught a me an appliance ,toaster ,it’s still got the plug ,!! Gonna dry it out in the sun and if it works use it to grill cheese for when mez mates come round next year to watch the footy !!!! 😜

        • Memo! Ricky! I’m trying to run a restaurant here and yous two are like a couple of yiayias fighting over the last souvlaki, what’s the matter with you re? Settle this like a pair of real Greeks and drag race down Canterbury Road!

        • “you get a workout grilling cheese every morning in our house hold”, “if it works use it to grill cheese”

          Memo: “Aaargh you vlaka! You grill sandwiches on a breville mike, not a toaster! You big stupid! Also good wrap him in tin foil and puts him on the Monaro when motor still hot! Is how I dry my socks too.” 😉

        • I’m not going into bat for green blooded, I’m going into bat for my team, the raiders after you attacked them Zorba.

        • @Silvertail47 There are millions of trees on this planet helping you breath clean oxygen so you can live….you own them all an apology, for wasting their hard work on you…

        • “I’m going into bat for my team,”

          Hey Memo (st47) which team Ricky bat for again? You just say Ricky bat for the “other” team! That make no sense you stupid!

          Hey Ricky miike, it’s just too much Ouzo I think. Memo love all Spanish who bat for your team. We Greeks “the other team” anyway. So it’s all good.

          Equal opportunity brother. No need for Greece and Spain to go to war. Greeks now are lovers not fighters.

        • greenblooded breathe… that’s it. Here breathe into one of my Theo (uncle) Nick’s brown paper bags, but hey, don’t touch the money OK, it’s for Jimmy Tedesco!

          You were becoming “hotblooded” instead of greenblooded. Look no argument is ever a Greeks fault, especially when we start it. 😉

          But you are biting at hooks with no bait. Remember, seagulls make the most noise when you start feeding them.

          Hey “Ricky” you a coach mike? You only know soccer ⚽️ brother!

  1. Bulldogs vs Eels and Bulldogs vs Sea Eagles as well. There a fair few others like Sea Eagles vs Eels as well. Bloody hell 2017 is going to be a bumper season.

  2. First block of games…..from a tragic RL follower.
    Round 1 –
    Souths v Tiggs
    Manly V parra
    Round 2
    Broncs v cowz
    Round 3
    Sharkies v dragons
    Round 4
    rabbits v roosters
    Eagles v dogs
    Round 6
    Sharkies v Storm
    Round 7
    Dogs v rabbittos
    Eagles v storm
    panthers v sharkies!
    Round 8
    Roosters v dragons

    • My list:

      Rabbitohs vs Tigers (Round 1)
      Rabbitohs vs Sea Eagles (Round 2)
      Rabbitohs vs Knights (Round 3)
      Rabbitohs vs Roosters (Round 4)
      Rabbitohs vs Cowboys (Round 5)
      Rabbitohs vs Panthers (Round 6)
      Rabbitohs vs Bulldogss (Round 7)
      Rabbitohs vs Broncos (Round 8)

      Well I think you get the idea… 😉

      • Yep, got it, but you really need to pick 1 team. You can’t pick a different side every week because they’ve got an easy win that week.

        Round 1. Bunnies vs Tigers. Bring it on. The only thing that would make that game better would be if Taylor donned his boots for it.

        And still on round 1, Parra vs Moanloudly (damn spellcheck for getting it right). Bring it on.

        • I rest my case…

          SSTID_1970 November 24, 2016 at 5:01 pm
          silvertail47, I’m already looking forward to Manly vs Parra and to seeing you and phatty go at it! In fact it will be interesting to read the forums here both pre and post match. You guys (Eels and Sea Eagles fans) go at it here more than Rabbitohs vs Roosters supporters.

          Will have the popcorn ready to settle down for a good long read of the ZT forum that week! 😉

        • “You can’t pick a different side every week because they’ve got an easy win that week.”

          Let’s see who is laughing after rounds 12 and 26. I see the “slippery eels” didn’t avoid playing Souths twice in 2017. Oooh the anticipation!!! 😉

    • silvertail47, I’m already looking forward to Manly vs Parra and to seeing you and phatty go at it! In fact it will be interesting to read the forums here both pre and post match. You guys (Eels and Sea Eagles fans) go at it here more than Rabbitohs vs Roosters supporters.

      From your last post mate you said old vlaka is train going in the halves? Any chance of Trent being captain coach next year? I also heard a rumour someone’s saw Bozo buying a pair of football boots, what’s with that mike? 😉

      If there is ONE game old man Farah will be up for it wi be his first game against the Tigers. Roll on 2017.

      • They were concrete boots !!! Take the old fart fishing ,toll gate islands ,, same place I took eelstragic ,,, check out ole Milton ,going into bat for greenblooded , dosnt he realise he’s just a useless appliance ??? without 240v he’s nothing ,,,,

        • Memo: Is short honeymoon for yous two, I think? Greek and a Spanish no mix, like Retsina and cough drops mike. What you thinking, you big stupid!

        • Memo: You say you like the Halloumi? You Cypriot not Greek! You big imposter I thinks? You from Cyprus? I thought you say you were from Mykanos, land of the hairy love!

        • EYE KILL YOU !!! Sleep with my sister but NEVA CALL ME A CYPRIOT OR A DIRTY SMELLY ROTTEN KARPARTHIAN ,,, eeeeeeeee ,if I find you I’m going to steal you Monaro and sell it to my Leb mates

        • Sorry brother, had to be sure you no have the one eye brow! You stop eatin’ the Halloumi OK? Him comes from Cyprus! No not the Monaro! Sorry Memo please!! 😉

    • Yeahthesharks that’s boring ,if we did that I would sit here bored out of my boobys !!! given it to knobs ,for giggles is sooooo much fun ,,,,, ,,, but I agree , it’s like predicting the top 8 ,

      • Hahah I think “most anticipated” or something would be more appropriate.
        Watching you fish for ‘noobs’ will keep me entertained this off-season regardless

    • No offence to their supporters but before this season started who would have thought by the end of the year a Raiders vs Panthers match would have been one of the most eagerly anticipated games of the year? Now next year it could well be a GF!! Who knows what 2017 will bring… or just how far Souths will go if they continue with the same form they finished the season with! Hahahahahahahaha 😉

      • Exactly, if they did this list for the season gone, I don’t think Sharks vs Titans would have made it and (IMO) that game was in the top 3

        • And if Manly still had Des and Tooves and wombat and Fulton and Lyon and Lyon and Gifty and Blake and Mortimer and Crusher and Lazzo and Arko and Marko and Darko and

        • Hey, the way your recruitment program is going… you might be in for a surprise next year! I told you I heard a rumour bozo was buying football boots and you said your saw Barrett training with the team in the halves. Dad’s army are going to take over Brooky in 2017!

        • @ Silvertail47 So your a Manly fan…lol that explains it…How did it feel losing to a bunch of knobs then? Not once…but twice…lol you must be really proud of your quality side losing to a bunch of knobs…twice!!! got 2 cracks…yet couldn’t do it, good luck in 2017 ya bozo

  3. 1) Dragons vs Knights – This should be a crackerjack game, most hotly contested of the season as each team looks to record their 2nd win of the season and avoid the spoon. Knights favourites with more incentive to avoid 3 in a row.

    • daffy

      Like I said if they play Nona and Hutcho together things might turn around. Of course it would have helped if you had Jason Demetriou as coach (good GREEK boy that one!) 😉

      Just like I’ve been telling silvertail47, no need to get depressed before you even see the first few rounds on the new season. Things can change. Head up and join the #Oust Doust movement!

  4. I am sorry but majority – key word being majority – is based on traditional rivalry rather than teams who have transformed into great teams. This list seems very subjective.

    In the NRL every game “should” be a match up because of the teams being able to field quality sides. There has only ever been a stand out below par team on a couple of occasions in the yesteryears of the NRL (Knights 2016 for example). But even on paper that team had some decent players.

    Some members on here need to stop baiting with their drivel and anserine inputs and rather let the footy of the upcoming year do the talking. Your team in 2017 is just as good or bad as the other teams.

    Raidersuprising!

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