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While the Rabbitohs lay in waiting this week, four teams will fight it out in week two of the NRL Tesltra Premiership Finals Series, for the right to progress to face the red and green’s and the Penrith Panthers.

The Sydney Roosters and the North Queensland Cowboys will put their seasons on the line this Friday night when they face off in an epic showdown for the right to face the Rabbitohs on the 26th of September at ANZ Stadium.

After going down to the Penrith Panthers in a week one thriller, the minor premiership winning Roosters will be bolstered by the return of hooker Jake Friend, with Mitch Aubusson set to return to the bench after deputising in Friend’s absence against both the Rabbitohs and the Panthers in recent weeks. Lock-forward Aiden Guerra will also return this week after serving a one-match suspension for dangerous contact on Kyle Turner in round 26.

The Cowboys earned their place in week two after knocking out the Brisbane Broncos last weekend and will pose a real threat to the Tricolours. The Cowboys will be without Tariq Sims after the forward was rubbed out for five matches by the match-review committee. Glenn Hall moves into the North Queensland starting side.

Meanwhile, the Panthers await the victor of a cross-city battle between the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles, and the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs in the second Semi-Final to be played this Saturday at Allianz Stadium. The victor will earn the right to face the Panthers on Saturday 27th September at ANZ Stadium in the Preliminary Finals.

The Sea Eagles will be without the services of star forward Anthony Watmough, after the back-rower was charged for a dangerous throw on Greg Inglis in week one of the finals – Tom Symonds is set to cover for Watmough. The north-siders have named hooker Jayden Hodges despite the young-gun suffering a neck injury that saw him taken to hospital at half-time of last week’s clash against the Rabbitohs.

The Bulldogs camp has named an extended 20-man squad for the clash including the likes of Reni Maitua, Moses Mbye, and Harlan Alaalatoa on the bench.


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Finals Chart


Week Two Teams

Semi-Final 1

Roosters v Cowboys

Allianz Stadium

Friday, 7.50pm



1 Anthony Minichiello (c)

2 Daniel Tupou

3 Michael Jennings

4 Shaun Kenny-Dowall

5 Roger Tuivasa-Sheck

6 James Maloney

7 Mitchell Pearce

8 Jared Waerea-Hargreaves

9 Jake Friend

10 Sam Moa

11 Boyd Cordner

12 Sonny Bill Williams

13 Aidan Guerra


14 Mitchell Aubusson

15 Frank-Paul Nuuausala

16 Isaac Liu

17 Rémi Casty

18 Kane Evans

Coach: Trent Robinson



1 Michael Morgan

2 Kyle Feldt

3 Tautau Moga

4 Kane Linnett

5 Antonio Winterstein

6 Robert Lui

7 Johnathan Thurston (c)

8 Matt Scott (c)

9 Rory Kostjasyn

10 Ashton Sims

11 Gavin Cooper

12 Glenn Hall

13 Jason Taumalolo


14 Ray Thompson

15 Scott Bolton

16 Ethan Lowe

17 James Tamou

Coach: Paul Green





Semi-Final 2

Sea Eagles v Bulldogs

Allianz Stadium

Saturday, 7.45pm


Sea Eagles

1 Brett Stewart

2 Jorge Taufua

3 Jamie Lyon (c)

4 Steve Matai

5 Peta Hiku

6 Kieran Foran

7 Daly Cherry-Evans

8 Jason King

9 Jayden Hodges

10 Brenton Lawrence

11 Tom Symonds

12 Justin Horo

13 Dunamis Lui


14 Jesse Sene-Lefao

15 Cheyse Blair

16 James Hasson

17 Josh Starling

Coach: Geoff Toovey



1 Sam Perrett

2 Corey Thompson

3 Josh Morris

4 Tim Lafai

5 Mitch Brown

6 Josh Reynolds

7 Trent Hodkinson

8 Aiden Tolman

9 Michael Ennis (c)

10 James Graham

11 Josh Jackson

12 Tony Williams

13 Greg Eastwood


14 Reni Maitua

15 Dale Finucane

16 David Klemmer

17 Frank Pritchard

19 Moses Mbye

20 Harlan Alaalatoa

Coach: Des Hasler