Sudden-death finals football faces the Vodafone Warriors when they take on Newcastle in their Intrust Super Premiership semi-final in Sydney on Sunday.
UOW Jubilee Oval in Kogarah will again be the venue for the Vodafone Warriors’ last chance to stay alive in the final (7.05pm kick-off local time, 9.05pm NZT).
The second-placed Vodafone Warriors earned a second life through their top four finish in the regular season.
They stumbled at the first hurdle yesterday, going down 20-36 to third-placed Penrith, but will be able to call on reinforcements this week with key playmakers Mason Lino and Ata Hingano back in the frame along with fullback-wing Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad and forwards Charlie Gubb, Isaiah Papali’i and Jazz Tevaga.
The seventh-placed Knights stayed in the hunt with the biggest winning margin of all the finals when they eliminated the sixth-placed North Sydney Bears 40-18.
INTRUST SUPER PREMIERSHIP | QUALIFYING FINALS
Wyong Roos (1) 34, Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs (4) 26
- Roos progress to week three of finals
- Bulldogs play in semi-finals next weekend
Penrith Panthers (3) 36, Vodafone Warriors (2) 20
- Panthers progress to week three of finals
- Vodafone Warriors play in semi-finals next weekend
Illawarra (8) 30, Mounties (5) 26
- Illawarra plays in semi-finals next weekend
- Mounties eliminated
Newcastle Knights (7) 40, North Sydney Bears (6) 18
- Knights play in semi-finals next weekend
- Bears eliminated
INTRUST SUPER PREMIERSHIP | FINALS – WEEK TWO
UOW Jubilee Oval, Sydney
Sunday, September 10
5.00pm | Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs (4) v Illawarra (8)
7.05pm | Vodafone Warriors (2) v Newcastle Knights (7)