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Saturday, 15 September 2018

NRL finals guide: Grand Final spot on line


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The NRL premiership race is now down to four teams after a thrilling week of semi-finals which saw both matches decided by a field goal in the final few minutes.

Cronulla Sharks ended the season of Penrith Panthers to set up a preliminary final showdown with their arch rivals Melbourne Storm at AAMI Park on Friday night.

 NRL Highlights: Cronulla Sharks v Penrith Panthers - Finals Week 2

The other preliminary final will be just as entertaining after South Sydney Rabbitohs sent a gallant St George Illawarra Dragons packing to set up a clash with their nemesis the Sydney Roosters at Allianz Stadium on Saturday night.

Week 3 finals fixture

First Preliminary Final: Melbourne Storm (2) vs Cronulla Sharks (4), AAMI Park, 7.40pm (broadcast on Nine from 7pm)

NRL Highlights: South Sydney Rabbitohs v St George Illawarra Dragons - Finals Week 2

Second Preliminary Final: Sydney Roosters (1) vs South Sydney Rabbitohs (3), Allianz Stadium, 7.40pm (broadcast on Nine from 7pm)

Last time they met

Round 22: South Sydney Rabbitohs 14 def by Sydney Roosters 18 at ANZ Stadium

Sydney Roosters won bragging rights but were quick to talk down their tag as premiership favourites after the last meeting between the two clubs.

The Roosters scored a patchy win with coach Trent Robinson satsifeid with their defence apart from two lapses that led to Rabbitohs tries.

Mitchell in finals blow for Roosters

The Rabbitohs lost fullback Alex Johnston from his first touch with a hamstring problem with the two sides trading tries in the first half.

The Roosters took a second half lead of courtesy of a try to Joseph Manu and penalty goal to Latrell Mitchell before the Rabbitohs set up a grandstand finish when winger Hymel Hunt scored.

The Roosters held on but Robinson talked down their claim to premiership favouritism saying they hadn’t been there all year.

Melbourne Storm vs Cronulla Sharks

Round 22: Melbourne Storm 14 def by Cronulla Sharks 17 at AAMI Park

Cronulla Sharks moved into top four contention after a stunning upset win over Melbourne Storm at AAMI Park in a match that highlighted by the fierce rivalry between the two clubs.

Sharks fullback Valentine Holmes maintained his outstanding form after scoring a try and two goals in a match that was brimming with finals intensity.

Cronulla fullback Valentine Holmes turned on a masterclass against Melbourne Storm last time.

The Sharks moved into sixth positon following the win to give themselves a shot at a top four spot with games remaining against North Queensland, Newcastle and Canterbury.

Melbourne Storm coach Craig Bellamy was disappointed with the result and questioned whether his side still had the hunger to win another premiership after slipping to third spot.

Looking forward

Grand final: Winner of Melbourne Storm-Cronulla Sharks to face winner of Sydney Roosters-South Sydney Rabbitohs in NRL Grand Final on September 30 at ANZ Stadium.

The NRL premiership race is now down to four teams after a thrilling week of semi-finals which saw both matches decided by a field goal in the final few minutes.

Cronulla Sharks ended the season of Penrith Panthers to set up a preliminary final showdown with their arch rivals Melbourne Storm at AAMI Park on Friday night.

 NRL Highlights: Cronulla Sharks v Penrith Panthers - Finals Week 2

The other preliminary final will be just as entertaining after South Sydney Rabbitohs sent a gallant St George Illawarra Dragons packing to set up a clash with their nemesis the Sydney Roosters at Allianz Stadium on Saturday night.

Week 3 finals fixture

First Preliminary Final: Melbourne Storm (2) vs Cronulla Sharks (4), AAMI Park, 7.40pm (broadcast on Nine from 7pm)

NRL Highlights: South Sydney Rabbitohs v St George Illawarra Dragons - Finals Week 2

Second Preliminary Final: Sydney Roosters (1) vs South Sydney Rabbitohs (3), Allianz Stadium, 7.40pm (broadcast on Nine from 7pm)

Last time they met

Round 22: South Sydney Rabbitohs 14 def by Sydney Roosters 18 at ANZ Stadium

Sydney Roosters won bragging rights but were quick to talk down their tag as premiership favourites after the last meeting between the two clubs.

The Roosters scored a patchy win with coach Trent Robinson satsifeid with their defence apart from two lapses that led to Rabbitohs tries.

Mitchell in finals blow for Roosters

The Rabbitohs lost fullback Alex Johnston from his first touch with a hamstring problem with the two sides trading tries in the first half.

The Roosters took a second half lead of courtesy of a try to Joseph Manu and penalty goal to Latrell Mitchell before the Rabbitohs set up a grandstand finish when winger Hymel Hunt scored.

The Roosters held on but Robinson talked down their claim to premiership favouritism saying they hadn’t been there all year.

Melbourne Storm vs Cronulla Sharks

Round 22: Melbourne Storm 14 def by Cronulla Sharks 17 at AAMI Park

Cronulla Sharks moved into top four contention after a stunning upset win over Melbourne Storm at AAMI Park in a match that highlighted by the fierce rivalry between the two clubs.

Sharks fullback Valentine Holmes maintained his outstanding form after scoring a try and two goals in a match that was brimming with finals intensity.

Cronulla fullback Valentine Holmes turned on a masterclass against Melbourne Storm last time.

The Sharks moved into sixth positon following the win to give themselves a shot at a top four spot with games remaining against North Queensland, Newcastle and Canterbury.

Melbourne Storm coach Craig Bellamy was disappointed with the result and questioned whether his side still had the hunger to win another premiership after slipping to third spot.

Looking forward

Grand final: Winner of Melbourne Storm-Cronulla Sharks to face winner of Sydney Roosters-South Sydney Rabbitohs in NRL Grand Final on September 30 at ANZ Stadium.

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