FINALS FOOTBALL | Ready to roll

While the Vodafone Warriors were disappointingly just edged out of the NRL's top eight mix the club's NYC and New South Wales Cup sides are both in finals action as the season hits the business end tonight.

The first of the four NRL finals pits 2013 beaten grand finalist Manly (2) against South Sydney (3) tonight with two more play-offs on tomorrow, first the premiers the Sydney Roosters (1) at home to the side that ended the Vodafone Warriors' hopes - Penrith (4) - and then the focus will be on Townsville with North Queensland (5) taking on Brisbane (8).

The last of the top eight battles sees Melbourne (6) hosting Canterbury-Bankstown (7).

For the Vodafone Warriors the key interest is on Allianz Stadium on Saturday and then Leichhardt Oval on Sunday.

First the club's NYC side begins its seventh straight finals camapign against the Roosters on Saturday (3.00pm kick-off local time) before the Vodafone Warriors (8) take on Illawarra (4) on Sunday with the chance of making the New South Wales Cup's last four teams. The NSW Cup finals kicked off last weekend with the Vodafone Warriors advancing after beating the Mounties 36-28.

 

NRL PREVIEWS

GAME 1 | MANLY v SOUTH SYDNEY

GAME 2 | SYDNEY ROOSTERS v PENRITH

GAME 3 | NORTH QUEENSLAND v BRISBANE

GAME 4 | MELBOURNE v CANTERBURY-BANKSTOWN

 

FINALS PROGRAMME

FRIDAY

Allianz Stadium, Sydney

NRL: (2) Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles v (3) South Sydney Rabbitohs, 7.55pm

NYC: (6) Wests Tigers v (7) South Sydney Rabbitohs, 5.15pm

 

SATURDAY

Allianz Stadium, Sydney

NRL: (1) Sydney Roosters v (4) Penrith Panthers, 5.50pm

NYC: (1) Newcastle Knights v (4) St George Illawarra Dragons (subject to stadium confirmation), 1.00pm

     (5) Sydney Roosters v (8) Vodafone Warriors, 3.00pm

1300Smiles Stadium, Townsville

NRL: (5) North Queensland Cowboys v (8) Brisbane Broncos, 7.55pm

NYC: (2) Brisbane Broncos v (3) Parramatta Eels, 5.15pm

 

SUNDAY

AAMI Park, Melbourne

NRL: (6) Melbourne Storm v (7) Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs, 4.10pm

Leichhardt Oval, Sydney

NEW SOUTH WALES CUP: (3) Wentworthville v (7) Wyong, 4.00pm

      (4) Illawarra v (8) Vodafone Warriors, 6.10pm