Here’s a look at the National Rugby League week, including weekend results from NRL semi-finals.
NRL PRELIMINARY FINALS
Friday October 16
Melbourne Storm Vs Canberra Raiders (Suncorp Stadium) – kick-off 6:50pm (QLD)
Saturday October 17
Penrith Panthers Vs South Sydney Rabbitohs (ANZ Stadium) – kick-off 7:50pm (NSW)
NRL WEEK IN THE NEWS
- Brad Fittler adds Daniel Saifiti to the extended New South Wales Origin squad, while Zac Lomax replaces injured Tom Trbojevic in the squad.
- Confirmation from the Parramatta Eels that Maika Sivo has injured his MCL and will miss the remainder of their campaign. Blake Ferguson has an ongoing knee issue but is managing that injury week-to-week. Ferguson eventually ruled out of the Eels clash with South Sydney.
- Melbourne Storm re-sign Aaron Pene (2021), Isaac Lumelume (2021) and Chris Lewis (2022).
- Canberra Raiders re-sign Sia Soliola for 2021.
- Kalyn Ponga is announced the Danny Buderus Medal Knights Player of the Year.
- Kalyn Ponga to miss the State of Origin series as he undergoes shoulder surgery.
- Michael Jennings is provisionally suspended after breaching the anti-doping policy.
- Tristan Sailor is arrested for aggravated sexual assault – inflict actual bodily harm on victim.
ORIGIN TRAIN-ON SQUADS
New South Wales Blues
Payne Haas, Jake Trbojevic, Tyson Frizell, Zac Lomax, Cameron McInnes, Daniel Saifiti.
Jai Arrow, AJ Brimson, Moeaki Fotuaika, Phillip Sami, Valentine Holmes, Coen Hess, Xavier Coates, Patrick Carrigan, Edrick Lee, Hymel Hunt, Kalyn Ponga, Ben Hunt, Josh Kerr, Harry Grant, Daly Cherry-Evans.
MATCH DAY KEY POINTS
- Sydney Roosters: James Tedesco 229 run metres; Jake Friend 61 tackles.
- Canberra Raiders: Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad 241 run metres; Jack Wighton 438 kick metres.
- Parramatta Eels: Clint Gutherson 177 run metres, 2 tries, 3 line breaks, 2 try assists; Joseph Paulo 54 tackles; Mitch Moses 394 kick metres.
- South Sydney Rabbitohs: Jaxson Paulo 220 run metres, 3 line breaks; Damien Cook 41 tackles; Adam Reynolds 367 kick metres.
MATCH DAY PLAYER STATS
- Sydney Roosters are bundled out of the NRL Finals series following their 22-18 loss to Canberra Raiders in the Grand Final Replay. Josh Papalii and Joseph Tapine lead the way as the Raiders now set their sights on a Preliminary Final clash with Melbourne Storm in Brisbane.
- South Sydney score thirty second half points in ending Parramatta Eels finals campaign 38-24. A crucial penalty goal miss by Mitchell Moses to level scores at 20-all with nineteen minutes remaining changing the game in South Sydney’s favour.
- Joseph Tapine 100 game milestone with Canberra Raiders.
- Nathan Brown 100 game milestone in the National Rugby League.
- Mitch Moses 150 game milestone in the National Rugby League.
NRL-W ROUND 2 REVIEW
TEAM LIST TUESDAY
NRL FINALS WEEK 2
Semi-Final Game 1
Sydney Roosters Vs Canberra Raiders
Semi-Final Game 2
Parramatta Eels Vs South Sydney Rabbitohs
NRL MATCH REVIEW
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