General 2015 NRL Finals Footy Thread

What two teams will make the Grand Final?

  • Roosters

  • Broncos

  • Cowboys

  • Storm

  • Bulldogs

  • Sharks

  • Rabbitohs

  • Dragons


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A thread for all talk, news and views on the 2015 NRL Finals round. Grand Final thread will be made once the teams are confirmed.

NRL Finals Week One Sun 06 Sep, 2015, 8:30pm
By Andrew Bryan‌, Deputy Editor

Welcome to the NRL Telstra Premiership Finals Series. Copyright: NRL Photos.

Sydney Roosters will clash with Melbourne Storm to kick-off the NRL Telstra Premiership Finals in a Friday night blockbuster, the Bulldogs and Dragons will meet on Saturday in a do-or-die elimination final, Brisbane Broncos will host North Queensland Cowboys in a Saturday night Queensland derby, before the Sharks play the Rabbitohs in a knock-out clash on Sunday afternoon.

Fans will be able to attend NRL Telstra Premiership Finals Series matches for as little as $15 for members and $20 for the general public. Children will be able to see their teams for just $7.

Qualifying Final 1: Friday, September 11, 7.55pm, Allianz Stadium

NRL: (1) Sydney Roosters v (4) Melbourne Storm
Holden Cup: (6) Sydney Roosters v (7) NZ Warriors, 5.15pm

Roosters v Storm

The Roosters charged to a hat-trick of Minor Premierships off the back of 12 consecutive victories and now clash with a Melbourne Storm outfit that proved they are still a force in the competition with a convincing 15-8 victory over second placed Brisbane at Suncorp Stadium in Round 26.

The Tricolours have only lost once since Round 8, an incredible run of 16-1 to claim the Minor Premiership, while the Storm have knocked-off the second placed Broncos and third placed Cowboys in consecutive weeks.

In 2015 their head-to-head record stands at a win apiece. The Storm knocked off the Roosters in an epic 17-16 victory in Round 7, before the Roosters dominated the return bout 24-2 in Round 12.

The winner of this match will book a berth in the preliminary finals and get a week off, while the loser will get a second chance.

Elimination Final 1: Saturday, September 12, 5.50pm, ANZ Stadium

NRL: (5) Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs v (8) St George Illawarra Dragons
Holden Cup: (1) Penrith Panthers v (4) Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles, 3.10pm

Bulldogs v Dragons

The Bulldogs charged into the finals with five consecutive victories, while the Dragons secured their finals berth with a dramatic golden point victory over the 15th placed Wests Tigers.

The ledger is square at one game apiece in 2015 with the Dragons winning 31-6 in Round 6, before the Bulldogs returned the favour in Round 13 with a comfortable 29-16 win.

There are no second chances in this game, the winner will earn a place in week two of the finals against the loser of the Roosters v Storm clash, while the loser will be left to reflect on an early finals exit.

Qualifying Final 2: Saturday, September 12, 7.55pm, Suncorp Stadium

NRL: (2) Brisbane Broncos v (3) North Qld Cowboys
Holden Cup: (2) Nth Qld Cowboys v (3) Brisbane Broncos, 5.15pm

Broncos v Cowboys

A Queensland derby for the ages with the high flying Brisbane Broncos taking on the North Queensland Cowboys to determine who will go through to a Preliminary Final. Brisbane has beaten every single team in the competition in 2015, while the Cowboys fought back from a horror start to charge into the NRL's top four.

All eyes will be on Broncos halfback Ben Hunt who was missing from Brisbane's 15-8 loss to Melbourne at Suncorp Stadium on Thursday night, while the Cowboys cruised into the finals with a big win over the Titans despite missing Michael Morgan through injury. Both players could return for what will be an epic local derby.

Both teams have tasted success against each other this season, the Broncos winning 44-22 in Round 3, before the Cowboys turned the tables 31-20 in Round 10.

The rivals have met three times in finals with the Cowboys holding a 3-0 record.

The winner of this match will book a berth in the preliminary finals and get a week off, while the loser will get a second chance.

Elimination Final 2: Sunday, September 13, 4.10pm, Allianz Stadium

NRL: (6) Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks v (7) South Sydney Rabbitohs
Holden Cup: (5) Wests Tigers v (8) Canberra Raiders, 1.30pm

Sharks v Rabbitohs

Cronulla missed a golden opportunity to secure a top four finish and a second chance in the finals when they lost to Manly in Round 26. They'll now have to do it the hard way and it doesn't get much tougher than coming up against reigning premiers South Sydney.

The Rabbitohs have struggled to reach the lofty heights of 2014 despite starting the season on fire off the back of World Club Challenge and NRL Auckland Nines success.

The Sharks charged towards the finals with a 7-2 record and will be confident after defeating the Rabbitohs 18-10 earlier in the season.

There are no second chances, the winner will earn a place in week two of the finals against the loser of the Broncos v Cowboys clash, while the loser will be left to reflect on an early finals exit.



Finals Explained

 
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See what the judiciary has done, is they've said that Burgess should be punished for throwing the bottle. But then they'd have to charge Evans for doing the exact same thing 5 seconds earlier. But no one has ever been charged for throwing a ball in the history of the game - it happens every single week if not game.

But they'll make the argument that he wasn't on the field at the time so it should be a worse offence - but points only go up in sets of 100.


If it hasn't been made abundantly clear in the past, the judiciary is a complete joke. I really hope there's a lot of pressure and they have to bow to it...
 
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See what the judiciary has done, is they've said that Burgess should be punished for throwing the bottle. But then they'd have to charge Evans for doing the exact same thing 5 seconds earlier. But no one has ever been charged for throwing a ball in the history of the game - it happens every single week if not game.

But they'll make the argument that he wasn't on the field at the time so it should be a worse offence - but points only go up in sets of 100.


If it hasn't been made abundantly clear in the past, the judiciary is a complete joke. I really hope there's a lot of pressure and they have to bow to it...
If that had of been a fan throwing the bottle they would have been banned for life. Im sure they would even kick out a 12 year old girl if she threw a ball with any malice...
 
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Charged for throwing a bottle ??? o_O ... pedantic political correctness gone insane :wacky: :finger: :meh:

What's next ??? ... should James Graham be worried about the judiciary charging him for assaulting his GPS monitor when he kicked the shit out of it ??? :eek: :p :D
 
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NRL Drop Ticket, Food Prices
Nothing draws a crowd like cheap food


In a massive win fans can go to see NRL Finals Series matches for as little as $15 (members) and $20 for the general public, while kids can see their heroes for just $7.

And if that's not enough to draw you in...

In a last-ditch move to get the turnstiles spinning in the first week of the finals, the NRL are offering a $5 deal for a pie and soft drink at Allianz Stadium.

The Moore Park venue will host Friday night's qualifying final between the Sydney Roosters and Melbourne, as well as Sunday's elimination between Cronulla and South Sydney.

NRL crowds have dropped to 1000 less per game than in 2014 - their lowest count in over a decade - but the governing body is hoping to turn the trend with a 50 per cent discount on the average pie and drink at the footy.

The regular retail price at Allianz Stadium is $10.70.

NRL Head of Football Todd Greenberg said the game simply wanted to get more families through the gate.

"We're always looking at ways to make it more affordable for families to come to the footy," he said.

"This is the lowest price for a pie and soft drink in decades."

The only caveat is that the deal is only available in the Sydney Live Plaza outside the southern end of the stadium and only until kick-off.

In 2014, finals crowds across the NRL rose 16 per cent compared to the previous season. AAP Reports

https://www.triplem.com.au/sydney/sport/nrl/news/2015/9/nrl-drop-ticket-food-prices-for-nrl-finals-series/
 
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NRL crowds have dropped to 1000 less per game than in 2014 - their lowest count in over a decade - but the governing body is hoping to turn the trend with a 50 per cent discount on the average pie and drink at the footy.

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Each team plays 24 games so that is 192 games over the season which means attendances have dropped by 192000 and the muppets running the game think that reducing the cost of a pie and a drink is the saviour

How about looking at:

Policing forward passes
Inconsistency of refs
Over Sanitisation of the game
Inappropriate use of the video ref
Ref's bias against the Warriors [oops!]
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I want a Dragons upset.
My boss is a Doggy.
Dog crap all over the place.
 
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Each team plays 24 games so that is 192 games over the season which means attendances have dropped by 192000 and the muppets running the game think that reducing the cost of a pie and a drink is the saviour

How about looking at:

Inconsistency of refs
Over Sanitisation of the game
Inappropriate use of the video ref

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Exactly what I was thinking while watching NRL 360 last night. Ikin saying that he reads fan comments saying they're walking away from the game because NRL has turned into what it is now.

"But where are they going?"

That's classic Monopoly talk. If they can't get our product elsewhere, we can cut all the corners and charge punters up the wahzoo and they have no choice but to stick with us.

Have to say it's gone downhill since Gallop left...
 
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If that had of been a fan throwing the bottle they would have been banned for life. Im sure they would even kick out a 12 year old girl if she threw a ball with any malice...
So why hasn't Burgess been banned for life? I get the argument but you can't treat them the same.

Fans have no right to interfere with the game. Rules and regulations of every stadium clearly lay out the conditions of entry and behaviour of spectators. Throwing projectiles and pitch invading are right there in them. Twenty years ago you could run on the pitch after a game and that was the norm. Now they have to stay in the stands and that is absolutely for the better.

If a pitch invader (legally) tackled a player would they get a larger ban than just pitch invasion? Highly likely. Players tackle each other all the time and get off scot-free... I doubt there are any actual rules anywhere saying a player on the field can't throw a bottle at another.

Point is Evans was overcharged, but if they're insisting on it then no way can you slap Burgess with a grade 2. I'd rather get a bottle to the face than a ball - less aerodynamic ;)

Hopefully this all gets sorted out tonight.
 
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Koribeti just made SKD look like he was a prop, looked like he went around him with about 2 metres to the sideline
 
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why is james maloney playng this week, he kicked a player carrying the ball last week. If it wasnt lashing out with the boot, it was an attempted trip. Isnt that illegal either way
 
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why is james maloney playng this week, he kicked a player carrying the ball last week. If it wasnt lashing out with the boot, it was an attempted trip. Isnt that illegal either way
He did get charged, early guilty plea and no loading meant he can play. Tripping isn't graded that harshly for some reason, not like water bottle throwing.
 
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maloneys leading a charmed life, he just got away with a professional foul, purposefully running into the ball with his team down 3 on 1 on the edge
 
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rts not having a good game, melbourne look the better team today
 
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Every time I watch Sio Siua Taukeiaho play for the Roosters...
Warriors recruitment and selection the last few year has been a killer, he was behind Ikahihifo or Lousi in the pecking order, it will be interesting to see how they go when they move on
 
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Roosters fans turning on RTS because he's not having the best game. Most saying on the other forum what we see tonight will be like at the Warriors. Roosters fans are tools
 
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Don't worry next season Roosters fans will be posting similar gifs when RTS is plating for us.

Nice try by the Roosters.

The intensity is definitely a step up from the regular comp.
 
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Roosters fans turning on RTS because he's not having the best game. Most saying on the other forum what we see tonight will be like at the Warriors. Roosters fans are tools
Storm have shut him down tonight, and hes making errors on top of it. Munster is looking like the superstar, he is having a blinder
 
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Suck it roosters. They're getting knocked out next week.
 
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