NRL Finals 2018: Match information, fixtures, results

To stay up to date with all of the latest NRL post-season information, including the format, draw and results, look no further than The Roar’s guide to the NRL finals right here.

The 2018 NRL finals will get underway on the weekend of September 7, ending with the NRL Grand Final on Sunday, September 30 at ANZ Stadium in Homebush.

In the meantime, why not get out all the action from the 2017 finals series below.

2017 NRL Finals

Week 1

Second Qualifying Final: Sydney Roosters 24 defeated Brisbane Broncos 22
7:55pm AEST Friday 8 September, Allianz Stadium

The Roosters defeated Broncos 24-22 in a thrilling finish in the first qualifying final at Allianz Stadium after leading 14-6 at half-time.

Despite missing a lot of tackles and having a poor completion rate, the Broncos somehow hit the front for the first time in the match with eight minutes to go.

Corey Oates scored what could have been the match-winning try when he was gifted a clear run to the line after Roosters’ winger Blake Ferguson flicked an attempted Benji Marshall 40/20 kick back inside the field of play.

But Latrell Mitchell saved the day for the Roosters. After spending most of the night on the wing, he went back into the centres and used a big fend and step to beat two players to score and level the scores.

Michael Gordon slotted the relatively easy but high-pressure conversion to put the Roosters back in front.

First Qualifying Final: Melbourne Storm 18 defeated Parramatta Eels 16
4:10pm AEST Saturday 9 September, AAMI Park

In a fitting celebration of the three hundred and fifty-six game career of Cameron Smith, the Melbourne Storm ground out a wonderful win against the Parramatta Eels, despite being pushed to the brink.

Three tries apiece gives a fair indication of the close nature of the game yet there was something a little special about the performance of the Storm in the second half.

The Storm were able to take advantage with two second half tries and a penalty goal before the Eels hit back late with a try that kept the contest close, right up to the final whistle.

Second Elimination Final: Manly Sea Eagles 10 defeated by Penrith Panthers 12
7:40pm AEST Saturday 9 September, Allianz Stadium

Manly became the first team to be knocked out of the 2017 finals series, but it wasn’t without a decision at the end which will leave fans bitter.

With the score locked at ten points all approaching the final five minutes, Bryce Cartwright put in a grubber kick at the line. It deflected off a Manly player’s leg, into the chest, leg and possibly hand of Tyrone Peachey.

He went on to score, with the bunker ruling the ball didn’t touch his hand on the way forward. It meant the green lights came up, and the Panthers came up with victory on the back of it.

Despite the controversy, Manly were their own worst enemies. It was a scrappy affair, and they came up with 13 errors throughout, including two in the last five minutes.

First Elimination Final: Cronulla Sharks 14 defeated by North Queensland Cowboys 15
4:10pm AEST Sunday 10 September, Allianz Stadium

The North Queensland Cowboys despite not leading until the 85th minute won an extra time classic over the Cronulla Sharks after a Michael Morgan field goal.

The Cowboys had no right to win the game, but they hung on, defended like their lives depended on it and came back time and time again.

Down eight points in the final 20 minutes, it was a Jason Taumalolo effort which saw them get back into the contest. Running over four defenders from five metres out, the decision went to the bunker with the ruling coming back a try.

With Ethan Lowe slotting the goal, then kicking a penalty goal in the final five minutes, the Cowboys got the game to extra time.

Despite being on the back foot, the Cowboys got up the field and Michael Morgan slotted the match-winning field goal.

Paul Gallen Cronulla Sharks NRL Rugby League Finals 2017

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Week 2

Second Semi-final: Brisbane Broncos 13 defeated Penrith Panthers 6
7:55pm AEST Friday 15 September, Suncorp Stadium

The Brisbane Broncos have moved into a preliminary final with a gripping 13-6 victory against the Penrith Panthers.

It took around sixty minutes for the Panthers to seem likely after the Broncos took the early lead yet their offensive failings came back to haunt them, as they were unable to convert their possession into points.

An early try from Corey Oates saw the Broncos go into half-time with a 6-0 lead, however the latter stages of the half saw the Panthers have the better of proceedings without being able to impact the scoreboard.

A cleverly and professionally taken field goal from Jordan Kahu with minutes remaining iced the game.

First Semi-final: Parramatta Eels 16 defeated by North Queensland Cowboys 24
7:40pm Saturday 16 September, ANZ Stadium

A Michael Morgan masterclass allowed the North Queensland Cowboys to defy the odds for a second straight week, winning their semi-final by eight points against the Parramatta Eels at ANZ Stadium.

Morgan was by far the best player on the field, his kicking game paving the way for the Cowboys to get over the Eels, before he took on the line five minutes from fulltime and scored the winning try.

It would be hard to find a more complete performance throughout the finals than what the Cowboys produced in the semi-final. The first half was of the highest quality though, with the Eels also playing top notch footy.

Lachlan Coote NRL Rugby League North Queensland Cowboys Finals 2017

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Week 3

First Preliminary Final: Melbourne Storm 30 defeated Brisbane Broncos 0
7:55pm AEST Friday 22 September, AAMI Park

Melbourne booked their spot in a second straight grand final with a thumping 30-point win over the Brisbane Broncos at AAMI Park in the first NRL preliminary final.

The Storm held the Broncos scoreless for the 80 minutes, their defence holding strong despite having to get through a mountain of work in the first half.

Melbourne were anything but good during the first 40. They made a lot of uncharacteristic errors, placing themselves under pressure countless times. No matter what they tried though, the Broncos just couldn’t find their way over the line.

The Storm took an 8-0 lead into the break despite their scrappy performance, but the second half saw a complete form reversal.

Despite dropping the ball with the opening play of the second stanza, they defended their own line again and then ran away with the contest running in three tries in the final 20 minutes of the game.

Second Preliminary Final: Sydney Roosters 16 defeated by North Queensland Cowboys 29
7:40pm AEST Saturday 23 September, Allianz Stadium

Against all the odds, Paul Green’s men have pulled off three upsets in a row to book their spot in the grand final against the Melbourne Storm next Sunday.

Michael Morgan again led from the front for the Cowboys. His kicking game was superb from start to finish, landing everything in the corners and ensuring the Roosters back three never had room to move.

It was a topsy-turvy second half, with the lead changing hands multiple times. Kane Linnett scored next for the Cowboys, before Blake Ferguson scored in the 61st minute off an error to put Sydney back into the lead.

The Cowboys though simply refused to go away. Kyle Feldt scored a miraculous try 14 minutes from time with Ethan Lowe’s goalkicking ensuring they kept the lead, before Michael Morgan iced it with a field goal a few minutes from time.

North Queensland Cowboys NRL Rugby League Finals 2017

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Week 4

Grand Final: Melbourne Storm 34 defeated North Queensland Cowboys 6
7:15pm AEST Sunday 1 October, ANZ Stadium

The Melbourne Storm completed a dominant finals campaign with a crushing 34-6 win in the NRL grand final against the North Queensland Cowboys.

The first try came in controversial fashion when Cowboy five-eighth Te Maire Martin ran into the referee which may or may not have prevented him from stopping Josh Ado-Carr who streaked away to score after a slick pass from Will Chambers.

Cooper Cronk forced a dropout with a well-weighted kick and on the resulting play he was in the action again setting up Felise Kaufusi to give the Melbourne team their second try.

It went from bad to worse for the Cowboys when Winterstein made a meal of a seemingly innocuous Cronk grubber moments later. Fullback Billy Slater crossed to give Melbourne an 18-point lead at half-time.

After just one penalty in the opening half, the Storm conceded three in a row early in the second. It gave the Cowboys a rare sniff at the Melbourne try line and Te Maire Martin finally broke through the Storm’s defence to score.

Melbourne lock Dale Finucane all but put the game to bed in the 64th minute with a barge over try on the back of an assist from Smith.

The night was summed up from the Cowboys when Kane Linnett coughed up the ball coming out of the defence. Curtis Scott accepted the error with glee to score a grand final try in his debut season.

With the game well and truly in the bag the Storm turned into the Harlem Globetrotters with Smith, Cronk, Slater and Tohu Harris combining for a party-trick to set up Addo-Carr for his second.

It was the icing on the cake for the best team of the season.

Melbourne Storm NRL Rugby League Grand Final 2017

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Last updated: 7 February, 2018