NRL semi-finals preliminary finals fixtures – who plays who where and when

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    The first week of the NRL finals is done, and the fixture for the semi-finals and preliminary finals is taking shape.

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    Week 2

    Second Semi-final: Brisbane Broncos vs Penrith Panthers
    7:55pm AEST Friday 15 September, Suncorp Stadium

    First Semi-final: Parramatta Eels vs North Queensland Cowboys
    7:40pm AEST Saturday 16 September, ANZ Stadium

    Week 3

    First Preliminary Final: Melbourne Storm vs TBA (Broncos or Panthers)
    7:55pm AEST Friday 22 September, AAMI Park

    Second Preliminary Final: Sydney Roosters vs TBA (Eels or Cowboys)
    7:40pm AEST Saturday 23 September, Allianz Stadium

    The Brisbane Broncos, having lost to the Sydney Roosters in a nailbiter on Friday night, will host a semi-final at Suncorp Stadium next week, and have again been given the Friday night slot.

    They’ll be up against the Penrith Panthers, who score an upset win over the Manly Sea Eagles to eliminate them from the competition.

    The Parramatta Eels, having narrowly fallen short of an upset win against the Melbourne Storm, will host a semi-final as well, on Saturday night at ANZ Stadium.

    They’ll play the North Queensland Cowboys, after they sensationally won an extra-time elimination final over the Cronulla Sharks on Sunday.

    The Melbourne Storm will host a preliminary final at AAMI Park on Friday night after they bye this week. Their opponent will be the winner of the match between the Broncos and the Panthers.

    The Sydney Roosters will host the other of the two preliminary finals, on a Saturday night, at Allianz Stadium. They’ll be up against either the Parramatta Eels or the North Queensland Cowboys.

    Josh Elliott
    Josh Elliott

    Josh Elliott may be The Roar's Weekend Editor, but at heart he's just a rusted-on North Melbourne tragic with a penchant for pun headlines - and also abnormal alliteration, assuredly; assuming achievability. He once finished third in a hot chilli pie eating contest. You can follow him on Twitter @JoshElliott_29 and listen to him on The Roar's AFL Podcast.

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    The Crowd Says (9)

    • Roar Guru

      September 10th 2017 @ 6:53pm
      Scott Pryde said | September 10th 2017 @ 6:53pm | ! Report

      Broncos on Friday night… Colour me shocked.

      • Roar Guru

        September 10th 2017 @ 7:48pm
        Rellum said | September 10th 2017 @ 7:48pm | ! Report

        9 are going to be beside themselves with frustration if the Broncs get to the GF and have to play on Sunday.

        • September 10th 2017 @ 8:19pm
          Brendon Waldron said | September 10th 2017 @ 8:19pm | ! Report

          Should the Broncos get a 6 day turnaround while the Eels have 8 even though Brisbane finished higher on the ladder? Or should they both have a 7 day turnaround since they are both the home teams? The GF isn’t on Foxtel, every Broncos game during the finals will be live and free on 9 so they don’t give an F what day the Broncos play…

          • Roar Guru

            September 10th 2017 @ 8:23pm
            Rellum said | September 10th 2017 @ 8:23pm | ! Report

            It was a joke champ, take a chill pill.

            • September 10th 2017 @ 8:53pm
              Brendon Waldron said | September 10th 2017 @ 8:53pm | ! Report

              9 has the GF, the GF is on a Sunday, 9 have always had Sunday football, the Broncos have played Sunday football, they’d love them in the GF. Your joke in particular just now sucked.

              Most of the Friday jokes for the Broncos suck because, like yours, they often make no sense. Y’all always joke that 9 want Brisbane on a particular day when they just want the Broncos full stop and don’t happen to have games on Saturday. When you realise that, a lot of the Friday jokes and jibes lose their effectiveness.

              I’m not even a Broncos fan, I’m just sick of the jokes. I’m a Cowboys fan, they play every Saturday but because it’s not on 9, nobody cares…

              • Roar Guru

                September 10th 2017 @ 9:39pm
                Rellum said | September 10th 2017 @ 9:39pm | ! Report

                I am a Broncos fan, have been since day dot. I can just see the irony in all this silliness. I, like many Broncos fans actually want Sunday games. You need to lighten up mate. Nothing is going to change until Ch9 is removed from the schedule decision making.

                I get there are advantages to playing the same time every week on FTV, but I actually want that spread across other team and for us to get Sunday games.

    • September 10th 2017 @ 7:22pm
      Brendon Waldron said | September 10th 2017 @ 7:22pm | ! Report

      Maybe Suncorp is cheaper to rent on a week day.

      Broncos played on Friday and the Eels played on Saturday, they both get a 7 day turn around, seems fair to me. Both games are on 9, it’s not like Brisbane are playing ‘the’ channel 9 game, it doesn’t matter to 9 who plays when if they have every game live. That’s just how it worked out, there’s no conspiracy here…

      • September 10th 2017 @ 9:13pm
        db said | September 10th 2017 @ 9:13pm | ! Report

        You must be the life of every party you attend.

    • September 11th 2017 @ 6:42am
      Daveski said | September 11th 2017 @ 6:42am | ! Report

      This is too funny Brendon Waldron.

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