NRL DRAW: Final 6 Rounds released

The Sharks have been given four Saturday night’s and two Monday’s during the final six rounds of the 2016 NRL season.

While who the Sharks play had already been determined, the day and time for the final six weeks was only released today, with the round 26 blockbuster against the Melbourne Storm set down for a 7.30pm kick off at AAMI Park.

The two Monday night games include a clash with the much-improved Gold Coast Titans away from home in round 21, then a Sharks v Souths match up in round 24 at Southern Cross Group Stadium.

Today’s draw announcement also included Saturday evening games against the Raiders (5.30pm, Round22, home), Dragons (7.30pm, Round 23, away) and Roosters (7.30pm, Round 25, home) before the regular season finale against the Storm down in Melbourne.

 

21

Monday, Aug 1 (FOX, Fox MNF)

Titans

  Cbus Super Stadium

Away

7:00pm

22

Saturday, Aug 6 (FOX, Fox Sat 5.30)

Raiders

SCG Stadium

Home

5:30pm

23

Saturday, Aug 13 (FOX, Fox SS)

Dragons

Jubilee Oval

Away

7:30pm

24

Monday, Aug 22 (FOX, Fox MNF)

Rabbitohs

ANZ Stadium

Away

7:00pm

25

Saturday, Aug 27 (FOX, Fox SS)

Roosters

SCG Stadium

Home

7:30pm

26

Saturday, Sep 3 (FOX, Fox SS)

Storm

AAMI Park

Away

7:30pm

             

Following see an NRL press release regarding the final six rounds of the 2016 NRL season.

CLICK HERE to see Sharks Coach Shane Flanagan's thoughts on the draw release. 

 

NRL TELSTRA PREMIERSHIP FINAL SCHEDULE RELEASED

The NRL today released the schedule for the final six rounds of the Premiership which includes a series of blockbuster matches.

The Bulldogs, Brisbane, Melbourne, St George Illawarra and Penrith will all host crucial matches in marquee timeslots during the closing rounds.

Some of the highlights of the finalised schedule include:

•             A Saturday night match between North Queensland Cowboys and Melbourne Storm at 1300Smiles Stadium in Round 21;

•             A Saturday night derby in Round 23 between St George Illawarra and Cronulla Sharks at Jubilee Oval;

•             North Queensland Cowboys superstar Johnathan Thurston returning to Belmore Oval on Thursday night in Round 25;

•             The final match at Pirtek Stadium before redevelopment – Parramatta’s game against St George Illawarra in Round 25 (the Eels and the St George Dragons faced off in the first match at the ground in 1984);

•             Manly captain Jamie Lyon’s final match at Brookvale Oval, on Saturday afternoon in Round 25 against Canberra;

Round 25 will also see the Bulldogs and the Cowboys, as well as Melbourne and the Broncos, feature on Thursday and Friday nights respectively.

The final round (Round 26) will feature one of the biggest matches of the year between competition heavyweights Melbourne and Cronulla at AAMI Park.

It will also feature Corey Parker playing his final regular-season match at Suncorp Stadium on Thursday night.

That will be followed by the 2014 grand finalists, South Sydney and the Bulldogs, potentially playing off for crucial finals positions on Friday night.

The final match of the NRL Telstra Premiership season will see the Panthers play Manly at Pepper Stadium on Sunday, September 4.

NRL CEO Todd Greenberg said the final six rounds would provide some crucial match-ups which would ultimately decide the make-up of the top eight, the top four and also the minor premiership.

“We know there will be huge interest in those rounds as the teams battle for a place in the Finals,” he said.

“We are no doubt headed for another close finish. As usual this is a competition which will likely keep us all guessing until the very last match.”

The NRL has worked with the broadcasters as well as the RLPA to reduce the number of five day turnarounds across the 26 rounds of the Telstra Premiership.

There will be a total of 43 five-day turnarounds in 2016, compared to 46 in 2015 – despite the one-off Thursday to Monday schedule this year.

The NRL will seek to reduce the number of five-day turnarounds further with the implementation of a Thursday to Sunday cycle in 2017.

For the full schedule for the final six rounds, please visit nrl.com