Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs v Illawarra – Semi Final
UOW Jubilee Oval, Sunday 10 September
5pm
Streamed LIVE on NSWRL.com.au

Momentum – it’s a tough thing to win, and an even tougher thing to maintain, in Rugby League terms.

And ahead of an all-important Semi Final at UOW Jubilee Oval, the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs and defending Intrust Super Premiership NSW Premiers Illawarra are stressing the importance of gaining the early ascendency when the pair meet in Sunday’s do-or-die clash.

The Bulldogs – on the back of an agonising extra-time defeat at the hands of the Wyong Roos in Finals Week 1 – will take confidence out of their performance against the Minor Premiers, though the know they’ll have to be better still against the Illawarra side this weekend.

It took the Premiership favourites 90 minutes to shake off the gallant Bulldogs, who sent the match beyond regulation time through their determined efforts to advance to Week 3.

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NZ Warriors v Newcastle Knights – Semi Final
UOW Jubilee Oval, Sunday 10 September
7pm
Broadcast LIVE on FOX League

Newcastle proved the beneficiary of missing stars, while the Warriors were left to rue chances that may have been, as leading men fell absent in Week One of the Intrust Super Premiership NSW Finals.

While the South Sydney Rabbitohs called upon some of the North Sydney Bears’ best, Newcastle put aside the meek challenge of the Red and Black, as Penrith made inroads in their Qualifying Final against a lesser Warriors outfit.

Team of the Year member Mason Lino turned out for the NRL Warriors in their final round clash against the Wests Tigers, putting a major dent in the Auckland-based side’s ISP NSW Finals hopes of Week One.

Though that looks set to change in Week Two, with the Warriors to field six NRL-experienced players in a big boost to their hopes of booking a place in the Preliminary Finals.

Not to detract from the Knights’ efforts with ball in hand, the Novocastrians showed they’ll again be a tough threat to contain, running in six tries to the Bears four en route to the 22-point win.

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