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2014 NRL Auckland Nines Draw and TV Schedule

NRL-NinesThe 2014 NRL Auckland Nines will form part of the NRL pre-season precede the 2014 NRL competition with a two day tournament on February 15 and 16 at Auckland’s Eden Park.

All 16 National Rugby League teams will compete in the competition spanning just two days, with at least 12 of each club’s top 25 salary capped players as well as one top five player from each of the club’s salary cap guaranteed to take part also—providing fans with two action-packed days of top-class rugby league.

All teams will play three matches against other teams in their group, with each match spanning two nine-minute halves, and will be televised live on Fox Sports and Sky Sports NZ.

Click here for the full list of squads from the Auckland Nines.

COMPETITION FORMAT, POOLS AND FIXTURES
All 16 teams are split up into four equal groups where they will each play one another in the group stage. From there, the top two teams from each group will move on to the quarterfinals, where the winners from those eight games will play in a knockout format through to the Grand Final.

POOLS

POOL A (YELLOW)

POOL B (GREEN)

POOL C (BLUE)

POOL D (RED)

Warriors

Raiders

Sea Eagles

Cowboys

Roosters

Eels

Broncos

Bulldogs

Sharks

Knights

Tigers

Titans

Storm

Panthers

Dragons

Rabbitohs

 

DAY ONE SCHEDULE

Game

Fixture

Kick-Off (AEDT)

Local

Network

1

Sharks vs. Knights

10:35am

12:35pm

Fox Sports

2

Tigers vs. Titans

11:00am

1:00pm

Fox Sports

3

Roosters vs. Eels

11:25am

1:25pm

Fox Sports

4

Broncos vs. Bulldogs

11:50am

1:50pm

Fox Sports

5

Warriors vs. Raiders

12:25pm

2:25pm

Fox Sports

6

Sea Eagles vs. Cowboys

12:50pm

2:50pm

Fox Sports

7

Storm vs. Panthers

1:15pm

3:15pm

Fox Sports

8

Rabbitohs vs. Dragons

1:40pm

3:40pm

Fox Sports

9

Sharks vs. Tigers

2:20pm

4:20pm

Fox Sports

10

Knights vs. Titans

2:45pm

4:45pm

Fox Sports

11

Roosters vs. Broncos

3:10pm

5:10pm

Fox Sports

12

Eels vs. Bulldogs

3:35pm

5:35pm

Fox Sports

13

Warriors vs. Sea Eagles

4:10pm

6:10pm

Fox Sports

14

Raiders vs. Warriors

4:35pm

6:35pm

Fox Sports

15

Storm vs. Rabbitohs

5:00pm

7:00pm

Fox Sports

16

Panthers vs. Dragons

5:25pm

7:25pm

Fox Sports

 

DAY TWO SCHEDULE

Game

Fixture

Kick-Off (AEDT)

Local

Network

17

Sharks vs. Titans

10:00am

12:00pm

Fox Sports

18

Knights vs. Tigers

10:25am

12:25pm

Fox Sports

19

Roosters vs. Bulldogs

10:50am

12:50pm

Fox Sports

20

Eels vs. Broncos

11:15am

1:15pm

Fox Sports

21

Warriors vs. Cowboys

11:45am

1:45pm

Fox Sports

22

Raiders vs. Sea Eagles

12:10pm

2:10pm

Fox Sports

23

Storm vs. Dragons

12:35pm

2:35pm

Fox Sports

24

Panthers vs. Rabbitohs

1:00pm

3:00pm

Fox Sports

25

1st Quarter Final – 1st Pool Blue vs. 2nd Pool Green

1:30pm

3:30pm

Fox Sports

26

2nd Quarter Final – 1st Pool Green vs. 2nd Pool Blue

1:55pm

3:55pm

Fox Sports

27

3rd Quarter Final – 1st Pool Yellow vs. 2nd Pool Red

2:20pm

4:20pm

Fox Sports

28

4th Quarter Final – 1st Pool Red vs. 2nd Pool Yellow

2:45pm

4:45pm

Fox Sports

29

1st Semi Final – Winner 1st QF vs. Winner 2nd QF

3:45pm

5:45pm

Fox Sports

30

2nd Semi Final – Winner 3rd QF vs. Winner 4th QF

4:10pm

6:10pm

Fox Sports

31

Grand Final – Winner 1st SF vs. Winner 2nd SF

5:30pm

7:30pm

Fox Sports

Teams to watch

Group A: New Zealand Warriors
The Warriors will obviously head into the tournament as one of the teams to beat given their home ground advantage but also for their ball-playing ability. The likes of Feleti and Simon Mannering give them a good mix of size and speed in the forwards, while their dynamic halfback in Shaun Johnson will be able to utilize his touch-football skills to full extent. Throw in some of the quickest wide men in the game and the Warriors are certainly the team to beat in 2014.

Group B: Brisbane Broncos
Having bought extremely well over the off-season so far, Brisbane will line up in 2014 with a much stronger team than what they did in the NRL in 2013. More importantly for this competition, they’ll bring with them plenty of game-changing players, and with a host of relatively agile big men currently coming through the ranks in their Holden Cup team, the Broncos could find themselves with a team well-suited to this competition more than with 13 men on the field.

Group C: Cronulla Sharks
With Todd Carney steering the ship, look for Cronulla to be a real danger-team in the competition next year. The likes of Wade Graham and Andrew Fifita possess some seriously good ball-handling skills and will relish the chance to show what they can do in open space. With speedy backs running off their hip, the Sharks certainly have the skill required to break any team open up the middle.

Group D: Penrith Panthers
Many will see both the Melbourne Storm and the South Sydney Rabbitohs as the danger teams in the ‘Group of Death’ but don’t rule out the Penrith Panthers from making an impact. They have plenty of good talent coming through the ranks (shown in their Holden Cup premiership this year) and have a fantastic mix of size and skill in the forwards as well as sheer speed in their outside backs. Guys like Josh Mansour and James Roberts will be incredibly tough to stop in this format, and if they get going, they’ll make Penrith a side to fear indeed.

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