NRL Finals 2020

Friday October 2 - Sunday October 25, 2020

The 2020 NRL Finals Series concluded with the Grand Final on Sunday October 25, 2020 where the Melbourne Storm defeated the Penrith Panthers 26 – 20 

The 2020 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.

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.

2020 NRL Finals

The revised 2020 NRL Finals dates kick off from Friday October 2.

After the NRL season was suspended  following round two due to the worsening COVID-19 pandemic, the season recommenced with Round 3 for a shortened 20 rounds of action from Thursday May 28.

The NRL 2020 finals concluded with the NRL Grand Final at ANZ Stadium on Sunday October 25, 2020 between the Penrith Panthers and Melbourne Storm.

Despite a thrilling second-half comeback from the Panthers, who were down 22 – nil after the first 40 minutes, Melbourne hung on to secure a 26 – 20 victory and celebrate their fourth official NRL Premiership and their sixth Grand Final victory.

  • 2020 NRL Premiers: Melbourne Storm 

2020 NRL GRAND FINAL RESULTS

Penrith Panthers (20) v (26) Melbourne Storm

  • Winner: Melbourne Storm
  • Score: Storm 26 – 20 Panthers
  • 1st v 2nd
  • Date: Sunday October 25, 2020
  • Kick-Off: 7:30pm (AEDT)
  • Venue: ANZ Stadium, Sydney

2020 NRL FINALS: WEEK 3 RESULTS

Preliminary Finals Game 1

Melbourne Storm (30) v Canberra Raiders (10)

  • Winner: Melbourne Storm
  • Score: Storm 30 – 10 Raiders
  • 2nd vs 5th
  • Date: Friday October 16, 2020
  • Kick-Off: 6:50pm (AEST)
  • Venue: Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane

Preliminary Finals Game 2

Penrith Panthers (20) v South Sydney Rabbitohs (16)

  • Winner: Penrith Panthers
  • Score: Panthers 20 – 16 Rabbitohs
  • 1st vs 6th
  • Date: Saturday October 17, 2020
  • Kick-Off: 7:50pm (AEDT)
  • Venue: ANZ Stadium, Sydney

2020 NRL FINALS: WEEK 2 RESULTS

Semi-Finals Game 1

Sydney Roosters (18) vs (22) Canberra Raiders

  • Winner: Canberra Raiders
  • Score: Raiders 22 – 18 Roosters
  • 4th vs 5th
  • Date: Friday October 9, 2020
  • Kick-Off: 7:50pm (AEDT)
  • Venue: SCG, Sydney

Semi-Finals Game 2

Parramatta Eels (24) vs (38) South Sydney Rabbitohs

  • Winner: South Sydney Rabbitohs
  • Score: Rabbitohs 38 – 24 Eels
  • 3rd vs 6th
  • Date: Saturday October 10, 2020
  • Kick-Off: 7:50pm (AEDT)
  • Venue: Bankwest Stadium, Sydney

2020 NRL FINALS: WEEK 1 RESULTS

Game 1: Penrith Panthers (29) vs (28) Sydney Roosters

  • Winner: Penrith Panthers
  • Score: Panthers 29 – 28 Roosters
  • 1st vs 4th
  • Date: Friday October 2, 2020
  • Kick-Off: 7:50pm (AEST)
  • Venue: Panthers Stadium, Penrith

Game 2: Canberra Raiders (32) vs (20) Cronulla Sharks

  • Winner: Canberra Raiders
  • Score: Raiders 32 – 20 Sharks
  • 5th vs 8th
  • Date: Saturday October 3, 2020
  • Kick-Off: 5:40pm (AEST)
  • Venue: GIO Stadium, Canberra

Game 3: Melbourne Storm (36) vs (24) Parramatta Eels

  • Winner: Melbourne Storm
  • Score: Storm 36 – 24 Eels
  • 2nd vs 3rd
  • Date: Saturday October 3, 2020
  • Kick-Off: 7:50pm (AEST)
  • Venue: Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane

Game 4: South Sydney Rabbitohs (46) vs (20) Newcastle Knights

  • Winner: South Sydney Rabbitohs
  • Score: Rabbitohs 46 – 20 Knights
  • 6th vs 7th
  • Date: Sunday October 4, 2020
  • Kick-Off: 3:05pm (AEST)
  • Venue: ANZ Stadium, Sydney

All NRL 2020 Finals Odds correct at time of print and subject to change. 

NRL FINALS SYSTEM

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.