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NRL Preliminary Finals Fixtures and Preview - Storm face Sharks in 2016 Grand Final rematch; Roosters and Rabbitohs clash in rare finals meeting

Andrew Hendrie 17 Sep 2018
  • NRL preliminary finals fixtures and preview
  • Sharks face Storm and Roosters meet Rabbitohs
Rabbitohs face Roosters on Saturday

Two mouth-watering NRL preliminary final showdowns take place this weekend as the Melbourne Storm host the Cronulla Sharks and the Sydney Roosters square off against the South Sydney Rabbitohs.

As far as blockbuster preliminary finals go, it doesn’t get much bigger than this - a 2016 Grand Final rematch between the Storm and Sharks on Friday night at AAMI Park and a highly-anticipated finals clash between bitter rivals the Roosters and Rabbitohs at Allianz Stadium on Saturday.

Cronulla have won four of their last five meetings with Melbourne, including the Grand Final two years ago when they snapped their premiership drought - can they pile more misery on the Storm again, or will Craig Bellamy’s side gain some revenge?

Melbourne head into the encounter with a week’s break after beating the Rabbitohs a fortnight ago, while the Sharks scraped into the preliminary finals on the back of last week’s thrilling 21-20 triumph over the Panthers.

Meanwhile, the Roosters have conquered Souths in five of their last six contests, including an 18-14 victory back in Round 22 that ultimately contributed to them capturing the minor premiership.

The Roosters secured their ticket to the preliminary finals with a 21-12 win over Cronulla two weeks ago, while the Rabbitohs dug out a tough 13-12 triumph over the Dragons.

Incredibly, when the two teams meet at Allianz Stadium on Saturday night, it will only be the second time since 1938 where the Rabbitohs and Roosters square off in a finals fixture.

NRL Preliminary Finals Fixtures


Friday September 21

Melbourne Storm vs Cronulla Sharks

Saturday September 22

Sydney Roosters vs South Sydney Rabbitohs


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NRL Preliminary Finals Fixtures and Preview - Storm face Sharks in 2016 Grand Final rematch; Roosters and Rabbitohs clash in rare finals meeting

Two mouth-watering NRL preliminary final showdowns take place this weekend as the Melbourne Storm host the Cronulla Sharks and the Sydney Roosters square off against the South Sydney Rabbitohs.

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