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NRL Round 6 Fixtures and Preview - Storm and Roosters clash in Grand Final rematch on Good Friday

Andrew Hendrie 15 Apr 2019
  • NRL Round 6 fixtures and preview
  • Storm and Roosters meet in Grand Final rematch
Storm and Roosters clash on Good Friday (PA Images)

Sydney Roosters and Melbourne Storm collide in a blockbuster Grand Final rematch on Good Friday in the pick of the NRL Round 6 matches.

Nothing has changed at the top of the NRL since last season’s Grand Final, with the Roosters and Storm still occupying the top two spots on the ladder, with the latter the only unbeaten team in the competition over the first five rounds. Melbourne will be trying to avenge their loss to the Roosters last season and come into this clash at AAMI Park on Good Friday on the back of a six-point win over the Cowboys, while the Roosters won their fourth game on the trot with a 30-16 triumph over Cronulla.

Round 6 action kicks off at PointsBet Stadium on Thursday when Cronulla Sharks host Penrith Panthers. Both teams are coming off last-start defeats, with the Panthers suffering a poor loss to the previously-winless Titans, while the Sharks were outclassed by the Roosters.

Canterbury Bulldogs and South Sydney Rabbitohs clash in their traditional Good Friday encounter, with the Bulldogs heading into the fixture on the back of another heavy loss, conceding 40 points against the Dragons, while the Rabbitohs bounced back from a defeat to Manly by edging out the Warriors by four points.

New Zealand Warriors and North Queensland Cowboys will each be trying to return to the winners circle when they clash at Mt Smart Stadium on Saturday. The Cowboys have lost four of their first five matches and are anchored near the bottom of the ladder, while the Warriors aren’t faring much better with a 2-3 record.

Manly Sea Eagles then target their fourth straight victory when they face St George Illawarra Dragons at WIN Stadium in the second game on Saturday. Manly made it three wins on the bounce when they beat Newcastle last week, while the Dragons will also be going for their fourth consecutive win after demolishing Canterbury on Sunday.

Buoyed by their first win of the season over the Panthers last week, the Gold Coast Titans look for another two points at home when they meet Newcastle Knights in the first game on Easter Sunday. It’s been a poor start to the season for Newcastle, who lost to Manly on the weekend to slump to a 1-4 record.

Canberra Raiders will then look to add more misery to Brisbane Broncos’ start to the season when the two sides clash in the nation’s capital in the second game on Sunday. Canberra have produced their best defensive effort to a season since 1990 and are flying high in third spot on the ladder following their 19-0 win over Parramatta, while the Broncos are languishing in 13th following their defeat to the Tigers.

Round 6 concludes on Easter Monday when the Parramatta Eels and Wests Tigers square off  at ANZ Stadium. The Tigers got back on track with their six-point win over the Broncos, while the Eels were outmuscled by Canberra.

NRL Round 6 Fixtures


Thursday April 18

Cronulla Sharks vs Penrith Panthers

Friday April 19

Canterbury Bulldogs vs South Sydney Rabbitohs
Melbourne Storm vs Sydney Roosters

Saturday April 20

New Zealand Warriors vs North Queensland Cowboys
St George Illawarra Dragons vs Manly Sea Eagles

Sunday April 21

Gold Coast Titans vs Newcastle Knights
Canberra Raiders vs Brisbane Broncos

Monday April 22

Parramatta Eels vs Wests Tigers


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NRL Round 6 Fixtures and Preview - Storm and Roosters clash in Grand Final rematch on Good Friday

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