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NRL finals dates, venues unveiled

The NRL season is getting down to the pointy end after the first week of finals, with the top six teams on the ladder at the end of the regular season remaining in contention for the premiership.The highest ranked teams won every game but it was far from a defensive masterclass from any side with…

The NRL season is getting down to the pointy end after the first week of finals, with the top six teams on the ladder at the end of the regular season remaining in contention for the premiership.

The highest ranked teams won every game but it was far from a defensive masterclass from any side with high scores the name of the game in week one of the finals.

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But while the Panthers and Storm have earned a week off, the two games in week two will see a 2019 Grand Final rematch between the Sydney Roosters and the Canberra Raiders on Friday night, while the Parramatta Eels will host the South Sydney Rabbitohs at the scene of the 38-0 thrashing just five games ago.

They are mouth-watering match ups with the two-time defending champion Roosters set for a tough path to a third straight premiership.

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To become the first team since the 1981-83 Parramatta Eels to claim the three-peat, the Roosters will need to beat the Raiders, Storm and then the winner of the other side of the draw with features the Eels, Rabbitohs and Panthers.

But speaking on Triple M’s Sunday Sin-Bin Brisbane legend Gorden Tallis ran a line through the side saying the defending champs are “running on empty”.

“I don’t know if they can keep getting themselves up the Roosters,” he said. “They’ve had a great run, they’re a champion side and a champion club but I don’t know how much fuel they got left in the tank.

“They’re just not good enough anymore, I don’t think.”

He added that they couldn’t hit the gas on Friday night in the loss to the Panthers and he said they “looked old and tired”.

Tallis even predicted the Raiders to end the Roosters’ run.

NRL FINALS WEEK TWO

First semi-final — Sydney Roosters Vs Canberra Raiders

Friday, October 9 @ 7.50pm AEDT — Sydney Cricket Ground

Second semi-final — Parramatta Eels Vs South Sydney Rabbitohs

Saturday, October 10 @ 7.50pm — Bankwest Stadium

NRL FINALS WEEK THREE

First preliminary final — Melbourne Storm Vs Rooster/Raiders

Friday, October 16 @ 7.50pm — Suncorp Stadium

Second preliminary final — Penrith Panthers Vs Eels/Rabbitohs

Saturday, October 17 @ 7.50pm — ANZ Stadium

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