The finals teams have now been decided as we prepare for the first round of finals this weekend. It is the first time in the 111-year history of the premiership that the Top 4 have all finished on the same competition points (34).
The Roosters 44-10 win against the Eels means they enter the first round of finals on top of the ladder. It was an expected win for the dominant Roosters, leaving the Eels to finish their season at the very bottom of the table.
It was an easy win for the Broncos also, thrashing the second-to-last Sea Eagles 48-16 on Sunday. Brisbane will now take on the 7th placed Dragons in the first round of finals on Sunday at Suncorp Stadium.
The Sharks have finished the season in 4th after defeating the Bulldogs 30-18 at ANZ Stadium. Sharks fullback Valentine Holmes scored his 21st try for the season, helping lead the team to success on Sunday. The Sharks will now face the Roosters on Saturday in the first round of finals, with the winner earning themselves a spot in a grand final qualifier.
NRL Finals - Week One
Friday, September 7th
Melbourne Storm (2) v South Sydney Rabbitohs (3) – AAMI Park
Saturday, September 8th
Penrith Panthers (5) v New Zealand Warriors (8) – ANZ Stadium
Sydney Roosters (1) v Cronulla Sharks (4) – Allianz Stadium
Sunday, September 9th
Brisbane Broncos (6) v St George Illawarra Dragons (7) – Suncorp Stadium
Top Performing Players – Weekly Wrap Up
Jamayne Isaako – Broncos
Nick Cotric – Raiders
Tackle Breaks: 149
Cameron McInnes – Dragons
All Receipts: 2,576
Anthony Milford – Broncos
Kick Metres: 8,462
Jake Friend – Roosters
Blake Ferguson – Roosters
All Runs: 486
Cody Walker – Rabbitohs
Handling Errors: 20
James Tedesco - Roosters
Player in Support: 563
James Fisher-Harris – Panthers
Decoy Runs: 222
Check out how your team is ranking on the NRL ladder.
The 2018 NRL Finals are broadcast live on Free-To-Air Television. Please refer to the TV guide for your area to find out more.
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