2015 NRL Week 2 Finals Preview
After the Grand Final dreams of the Dragons and the most successful Premiership-winning team in history the Rabbitohs came to an end in week one of the 2015 NRL Telstra Premiership finals, the two losing teams from the qualifiers and winners of the opening knock-outs face off in two semi-final matches this weekend.
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Check out our insider preview for the two semis below before taking advantage of our top NRL odds and Week 2 Finals offer ahead of the weekend blockbusters.
NRL Semi Final 1: Sydney Roosters vs Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs
Friday, September 18 – 7:55pm (AEST) – Allianz Stadium
The Roosters had sewn up their third consecutive Minor Premiership title before things came undone for the competition leaders in week one of the finals. It has been said a million times before and always reigns true, the finals are a different arena of footy altogether. The Chooks played the Melbourne Storm and it was a tense, methodical game to kick off the finals with Sydney going down by just two points (18 – 20) giving their conquerors the week off here. Now the Tri-Colours must band together and take on the Des Hasler-coached Bulldogs who really looked pretty ordinary in their victory to knock out St George. Sydney coach Trent Robinson is under pressure to get his boys back to winning form and to do that he might be forced to rush back in co-captain Mitchell Pearce (hamstring). History for Hasler’s Dogs is solid, as every team he has coached in a week one finals victory has progressed onto GF day. Could that end here?
NRL Semi Final 2: North Queensland Cowboys vs Cronulla Sutherland Sharks
Saturday, September 19 – 7:40pm (AEST) – 1300 Smiles Stadium
The Cowboys had never lost to big brothers Brisbane in a finals match until last Saturday night when a 50,000 plus crowd turned out in force at Lang Park for a thrilling Queensland Derby that ended with the Broncos securing a close four point victory winning 16 – 12 thanks to some formidable defence. That leaves North Queensland hosting the Sharks on Saturday night after Cronulla smashed South Sydney 28 – 12 looking pretty good in doing so as well. Whoever wins this and progresses onto week three will play the Storm and that is something no team will want to do with any kind of injuries. There will have to be a balance between playing hard for survival and playing smart to come through unscathed. The Sharks have beaten the Cowboys in both their previous 2015 matches, including one up at Townsville, and with Michael Ennis escaping suspension they are at full strength here as are NQ. The home crowd will be fired up and this will be a game full of energy and entertainment, but it should be third time lucky for the Cowboys.