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Ligi Sao. NZ Warriors v Wests Tigers, 2017 ISP Intrust Super Premiership Rugby League season at Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland, New Zealand. 27 August 2017. Copyright photo: Renee McKay /

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.




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



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)