NRL on Nine


Another Storm match for Melbourne next Friday

07:30 pm Friday Night Football: Melbourne Storm V Penrith Panthers




After a tumultuous season, the closest top eight in NRL history will be decided in the final Round 25, with four games LIVE on Nine – with Australia’s new Prime Minister appearing on The Footy Show .

Tonight at 7.30pm* on Thursday Night Football , the Rabbitohs, coming off three straight losses, face the Wests Tigers. They will be looking for a decisive win heading into the finals over a Tigers side that has shown a lot of bite in recent weeks.

While buoyed by the re-signing of star duo Benji Marshall and Robbie Farah for 2019, the Tigers will be wary of a rampaging Greg Inglis , who returned last week proving he can still play at his dangerous best.

After the game, The Footy Show will review a big week, with Erin Molan hosting alongside Darren Lockyer and Ryan Girdler . The new Prime Minister, Scott Morrison , is on the show to talk to Paul Gallen and Darryl Brohman about his beloved Cronulla Sharks. Former Knights premiership-winning player Adam MacDougall joins the team, Phil Gould gazes into his crystal ball to provide his finals predictions, and Beau Ryan presents Thursday to Thursday.

In Friday Night Football from 7.30pm*, the Melbourne Storm are at home against the out-of-sorts Panthers. Though in a rut, they have outscored the Storm over the past month and get playmaker James Maloney back to steer the ship. The Storm are favoured to win and secure the 2018 minor premiership.

In Saturday Night Football at 7.00pm *** , a win for the Sydney Roosters against the Parramatta Eels will cement their second place on the ladder, ensuring a home final. But a loss could possibly drop them outside the top four. A three-match suspension for prop Dylan Napa sees Jared Waerea-Hargreaves replacing him in the starting lineup, while Parramatta reshuffle their side again, with Jarryd Hayne returning to his preferred position at fullback.

On Sunday Football live at 3.00pm*, the Broncos host the inconsistent but dangerous Manly Sea Eagles, who will be out to spoil Brisbane’s momentum and premiership hopes. The Broncos have beaten the Rabbitohs and Roosters recently, with dynamic winger Jamayne Isaako becoming the top points-scorer in the competition, but the Sea Eagles led by Daly Cherry-Evans still hold a victory over Brisbane at Suncorp Stadium from earlier in the season.

Broadcast Times

Tonight – Thursday, August 30

Rabbitohs Vs Wests Tigers

Sydney 7.30pm LIVE on Nine

Brisbane 7.30pm LIVE on Nine

Melbourne 7.30pm LIVE on 9GEM

Adelaide 7.00pm LIVE on 9GEM

Perth 5.30pm LIVE on 9GEM

Friday, August 31

Storm Vs Panthers

Sydney 7.30pm LIVE on Nine

Brisbane 7.30pm LIVE on Nine

Melbourne 7.30pm LIVE on Nine

Adelaide 7.00pm LIVE on 9GEM

Perth 5.30pm LIVE on 9GEM

Saturday, September 1

Eels Vs Roosters

Sydney 7.00pm LIVE on Nine

Brisbane 7.00pm LIVE on Nine

Melbourne 7.00pm LIVE on 9GEM

Adelaide 6.30pm LIVE on 9GEM

Perth 5.00pm LIVE on 9GEM

Sunday, September 2

Broncos Vs Sea Eagles

Sydney 3.00pm LIVE on Nine

Brisbane 3.00pm LIVE on Nine

Melbourne 3.00pm LIVE on 9GEM

Adelaide 2.30pm LIVE on 9GEM

Perth 1.00pm LIVE on 9GEM



  • THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – Rabbitohs vs Wests Tigers , from 7.30pm AEST on Nine. Ray Hadley, Peter Sterling, Andrew Johns, Brad Fittler, Ruan Sims and James Bracey deliver all the action LIVE from ANZ Stadium.

  • THE FOOTY SHOW – LIVE straight after the game on Nine. Host Erin Molan reviews a big week, alongside rugby league legends Darren Lockyer and Ryan Girdler . They are joined by the new Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, who chats to Paul Gallen and Darryl Brohman about his team, the Cronulla Sharks. Former Knights premiership-winning player Adam MacDougall joins the team, Phil Gould gazes into his crystal ball for his finals predictions, and Beau Ryan presents Thursday to Thursday.


  • FRIDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – Storm vs Panthers , LIVE from 7.30pm AEST on Nine. Paul Vautin, Peter Sterling, Brad Fittler, Darren Lockyer, Mat Thompson and host James Bracey deliver all the action LIVE from AAMI Park in Melbourne.


INTRUST SUPER PREMIERSHIP – 1.00pm, on Nine in NSW. Panthers vs Bulldogs at Panthers Stadium, Penrith. Caller Joel Caine will be joined by former Jillaroo Allana Ferguson and former Dragons star Jamie Soward .

  • INTRUST SUPER CUP – 1.00pm, on Nine in QLD. Blackhawks vs Jets at Jack Manski Oval. Scott Sattler will be joined by Peter Psaltis in commentary.

  • SATURDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – Eels vs Roosters , from 7.00pm AEST on Nine at ANZ Stadium. Peter Sterling, Brad Fittler and Mat Thompson will be in commentary, joined by Andrew Johns and Phil Gould .


  • SPORTS SUNDAY – Sunday, at 10.00am, LIVE on Nine. This week: host James Bracey is joined by regulars Mark Taylor, Liz Ellis and Cath Cox, with special guests Adam MacDougall and Richard Freedman .

  • SUNDAY NRL FOOTY SHOW – Sunday, at 11.00am. Host Erin Molan will cover all the Round 25 action so far with Brad Fittler, Peter Sterling and Adam MacDougall . Special guests include comedian Adam Hills and former NSW Blues player Matt King .

  • SUNDAY FOOTBALL – Broncos vs Sea Eagles , Sunday, at 3.00pm LIVE on Nine from Suncorp Stadium. Expert opinion and commentary from Wally Lewis, Phil Gould, Andrew Johns, Darren Lockyer, Allana Ferguson, Mat Thompson and James Bracey .


  • 100% FOOTY – Monday, 10.40pm, on Nine. 100% Footy is the home of the strongest opinions in rugby league from the people who count. Phil Gould returns with Paul Gallen, alongside Jillaroos captain Ruan Sims, journalist Neil Breen and host James Bracey . This week Australia’s new Prime Minister and the Cronulla Sharks number one ticket holder, Scott Morrison, goes one-on-one with Paul Gallen.

*** Check local guides for details. Times will differ.*


So Mat Thompson is calling 3 games this week and Ray Warren none…???.. Ray should be calling at least one of the 2 Sydney games.


He’s been in semi retirement for a while. Am guessing he’s taking the week off before he calls a lot of playoff games.


SO Sunday, James Bracey will be in Brisbane to host the Broncos v Sea Eagles match. I believe that he will be unavailable to host Sports Sunday. So this will mean that Liz Ellis will do host duties.


I can’t see him calling any more than 1 finals game each week though.

Based on form, there’s a good chance that Week 1 of the finals could be played in Melbourne, Brisbane and Auckland (with only 1 game in Sydney). Ray won’t travel to call any of those.


Nine News will be starting early during the first week of the finals.

Saturday, 6pm: Melbourne Storm (1) v Cronulla Sharks (4) at AAMI Park
Saturday, 8pm: St George Illawarra Dragons (5) v Penrith Panthers (8) at ANZ Stadium


If NZ get a home final, would they schedule it later to accommodate Nine News, or would they move the news to 5.30?


The Top 8 hasn’t been finalised yet.
One round still to go.
On form, Dragons won’t get a home final, Broncos and Warriors can easily leapfrog them.


I see this on a Nine Live Stream


Scores have increased Significantly!


NRL Telstra Premiership Finals Series – Week 1
Qualifying Final: Friday, September 7, 7.40pm, AAMI Park
NRL: (2) Melbourne Storm v (3) South Sydney Rabbitohs
Elimination Final: Saturday, September 8, 5.30pm, ANZ Stadium
NRL: (5) Penrith Panthers v (8) New Zealand Warriors
Qualifying Final: Saturday, September 8, 7.40pm, Allianz Stadium
NRL: (1) Sydney Roosters v (4) Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks
Elimination Final: Sunday, September 9, 4.00pm, Suncorp Stadium
NRL: (6) Brisbane Broncos v (7) St George-Illawarra Dragons


Looks like Nine Melbourne might have the game beamed on the HD channel durig Friday Night.


Should’ve had Storm game on Sat twilight, when there’s no AFL in Melbourne. AFL and NRL also going head to head crowd wise in Sydney on Saturday twilight.

Also surely Melbourne team isn’t the most ideal for the biggest timeslot (Friday night), maybe a move designed for Melbourne which will no doubt be on main channel, to boost ratings? And there’s two Melbourne AFL teams on Friday night at the MCG, when none on Saturday arvo and only one on Saturday night.

Interesting when NRL have known AFL fixture for over a week now. Not saying it’s vital, NRL do what NRL will do, naturally, but just some valid points.


Already a bit of consternation in NZ at the scheduling too, with the Warriors game up against an All Blacks rugby test. For context, All Blacks are among the highest rating programmes of the year, even with it being on pay TV.
Union is far more popular than League in NZ still, so you’d think they would have wanted to avoid going head on, but the NRL doesn’t seem to care.


Really? I reckon most Melbournians would instantly flick over to Seven if they saw “Rugby” (as many of you guys seem to call it - there are differences between League and Union!) instead of a news bulletin at 6pm Saturday on Nine because the NRL is possibly even less popular in Melbourne than the AFL is in Sydney.


I don’t quite understand?

Melbourne (first appearance in 12 years and a bandwagon team if they go far, haven’t won a GF in many decades, like Bulldogs two years ago) vs. Geelong (one of the biggest teams the past 11 years) at the MCG up against Storm? Shocking scheduling.

Saturday twilight would’ve been all to Storm in Melbourne, to me the ideal timeslot for NRL, not many Melburnians tune into Sydney or certainly all Sydney AFL anyway, 300k-ish max as seen in recent series’.


I agree with Sully that the Storm-Rabbitohs game should have been on Saturday twilight or night, with Roosters v Sharks on Friday night. On Saturday evening there will be more than 60,000 people at the Moore Park precinct as AFL fans begin to leave and NRL fans start to arrive. Crowd control and transport will be an issue.
The fixture for the inaugural NRL Women’s Premiership was released along with the NRL finals fixture and it seems the fixture will be revealed on a week by week basis. Round 1 looks like this:
Sydney Roosters v New Zealand Warriors, ANZ Stadium
(Saturday, September 7, 3.05pm)
Brisbane Broncos v St George Illawarra Dragons, Suncorp Stadium
(Sunday, September 8, 1.45pm)
Both matches will be shown live on Nine/9Gem, Fox League and the NRL app.

If you are a Roosters fan and want to see both women’s and men’s teams, you not only have to buy two separate tickets, you will also have to leave at halftime of Panthers v Warriors so you will arrive at Allianz Stadium in time for the start of Roosters v Sharks.
The NRL has definitely lost its mind.


Not the first time there has been massive crowds in the area, similar crowd clashes have been happening for decades. Everyone will cope.


In the late 1980’s the clock at the ground in the second half actually stopped with 5 minutes to go.

As for the scheduling, blame MANLY. If they didn’t play so poorly and let the score blow out the Broncos wouldn’t have had a home final and scheduling would have been so much more flexible.