NRL Finals 2021

Friday September 10 - Sunday October 3, 2021

The 2021 NRL Finals Series concluded with the Grand Final on Sunday October 3rd, 2021 at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane with the Penrith Panthers defeating the South Sydney Rabbitohs 14 – 12 

The 2021 NRL Finals are some of the most exciting weeks of Australian Rugby League and lead into the highly anticipated NRL Grand Final run in Sydney at ANZ Stadium* on the first Sunday in October each spring.

*The 2021 NRL Grand Final took place in Brisbane at Suncorp Stadium due to COVID-19 restrictions and lockdowns in Sydney. 

Each year the annual Telstra Premiership provides fans with endless NRL betting odds and options with the season starting with 25 regular games, cut from 26 for the first time in 2018, as the 16 NRL teams race for competition points and ladder positions.

At the end of the standard season the Top 8 teams on the NRL Ladder play off in the finals series over four weeks starting in mid-September. The final two teams left after the finals are run and won then face off in the annual Grand Final to determine that year’s NRL Premiers.

NRL Premiership betting is open all season offering all-in prices on each club to take it out.

2021 NRL Finals

The 2021 NRL Finals dates kicked off from Friday September 10, 2021. 

The NRL 2021 finals concluded with the NRL Grand Final at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane on Sunday October 3, 2021 between the Penrith Panthers and South Sydney Rabbitohs who finished second and third respectively on the NRL Ladder during the regular season.

The Panthers defeated the Rabbitohs 14 – 12 in a thriller atoning for their second to the Melbourne Storm in the 2020 decider.

  • 2021 NRL Premiers: Penrith Panthers
  • 2021 NRL Runners-Up: South Sydney Rabbitohs


Penrith Panthers (14) defeated the South Sydney Rabbitohs (12)

  • Winner: Penrith Panthers
  • Score: Panthers 14 – 12 Rabbitohs
  • Date: Sunday October 3, 2021
  • Kick-Off: 6:30pm
  • Venue: Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane


Game 1 Qualifying Final: Melbourne Storm (40) defeated Manly Sea Eagles (12)

  • Winner: Melbourne Storm
  • Score: Storm 40 – 12 Sea Eagles
  • 1st vs 4th
  • Date: Friday September 10, 2021
  • Kick-Off: 7:50pm (AEST)
  • Venue: Sunshine Coast Stadium, Sunshine Coast

Game 2 Elimination Final: Sydney Roosters (25) defeated Gold Coast Titans (24)

  • Winner: Sydney Roosters
  • Score: Roosters 25 – 24 Titans
  • 5th vs 8th
  • Date: Saturday September 11, 2021
  • Kick-Off: 5:40pm (AEST)
  • Venue: Queensland Country Bank Stadium, Townsville

Game 3 Qualifying Final: Penrith Panthers (10) lost to South Sydney Rabbitohs (16)

  • Winner: South Sydney Rabbitohs
  • Score: Panthers 10 – 16 Rabbitohs
  • 2nd vs 3rd
  • Date: Saturday September 11, 2021
  • Kick-Off: 7:50pm (AEST)
  • Venue: Queensland Country Bank Stadium, Townsville

Game 4 Elimination Final: Parramatta Eels (28) defeated the Newcastle Knights (20)

  • Winner: Parramatta Eels
  • Score: Eels 28 – 20 Knights
  • 6th vs 7th
  • Date: Sunday September 12, 2021
  • Kick-Off: 4:05pm (AEST)
  • Venue: Browne Park, Rockhampton


Semi-Finals Game 1

Manly Sea Eagles (42) defeated the Sydney Roosters (6)

  • Winner: Manly Sea Eagles
  • Score: Sea Eagles 42 – 6 Roosters
  • Date: Friday September 17, 2021
  • Kick-Off: 7:50pm
  • Venue: BB Print Stadium, Mackay

Semi-Finals Game 2

Penrith Panthers (8) defeated Parramatta Eels (6)

  • Winner: Penrith Panthers
  • Score: Panthers 8 – 6 Eels
  • Date: Saturday September 18, 2021
  • Kick-Off: 7:50pm
  • Venue: BB Print Stadium, Mackay


Preliminary Finals Game 1

South Sydney Rabbitohs (36) defeated Manly Sea Eagles (16)

  • Winner: South Sydney Rabbitohs
  • Score: Rabbitohs 36 – 16 Sea Eagles
  • Date: Friday September 24, 2021
  • Kick-Off: 7:50pm
  • Venue: Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane

Preliminary Finals Game 2

Melbourne Storm (6) lost to Penrith Panthers (10)

  • Winner: Penrith Panthers
  • Score: Storm 6 – 10 Panthers
  • Date: Saturday September 25, 2021
  • Kick-Off: 4:00pm
  • Venue: Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane

All NRL 2021 Finals Odds correct at time of print and subject to change. 


NRL Finals Series

NRL Finals Series Structure. Image Credit: NRL.

Previously the NRL Finals were decided according to the McIntyre System, but the new system now gives the teams in the Top 4 a fairer chance of making it all the way to Grand Final day.

Below is a quick run-down of how the Telstra Premiership Finals Series structure works.

NRL Finals Week 1: Qualifying & Elimination

Four games are played in the opening week. Two are Qualifying Finals with the winner getting a rest the following week, while the losing team play in a semi-final elimination. The other two games played between the bottom four teams in the Top 8 are Elimination Finals and are must win matches for the teams to progress to Week 2 of the finals.

  • Qualifying Final 1: 1st (Home) vs. 4th (Away)
  • Elimination Final 1: 5th (Home) vs. 8th (Away)
  • Elimination Final 2: 6th (Home) vs. 7th (Away)
  • Qualifying Final 2: 2nd (Home) vs. 3rd (Away)

NRL Finals Week 2: Semi-Finals

In the second week two games are played between four teams with home ground advantage going to the two losing teams of the Week 1 qualifiers. Both games are do-or-die with the winners progressing into the Week 3 Preliminary Finals against the winning teams from Finals Week 1, while the losers say goodbye to the Grand Final dream for the season.

  • Semi Final 1: Week 1 First Qualifiers Loser (Home) vs. Week 1 First Elimination Winner (Away).
  • Semi Final 2: Week 1 Second Qualifiers Loser (Home) vs. Week 1 Second Elimination Winner (Away).

NRL Finals Week 3: Preliminary Finals

The final two games before the NRL Grand Final are contested in the Preliminary Finals round with the two Finals Week 1 Qualifying winners having home ground advantage over the two winning Semi Final NRL Teams from Week 2. The results of these games decide the NRL Grand Final teams for the season.

  • Preliminary Final 1: Week 1 First Qualifiers Winner (Home) vs Semi Final 2 Winner (Away)
  • Preliminary Final 2: Week 1 Second Qualifiers Winner (Home) vs Semi Final 1 Winner (Away)

NRL Finals Week 4: Grand Final

The two Preliminary final winners from week three of the NRL Finals face off in the NRL Grand Final, now held on the last Sunday in September. If you’d like to see information on one of the biggest sporting events in Australia, you can check out our dedicated Grand Final page.