The 2018 NRL Draw has been released, and this was the year when the NRL boldly declared they would be taking back control of the fixture list, presumably from the darkness that is Channel Nein, and early thoughts are it looks as if they have tried a bit.
First of all Brisbane fans get the rarest of treat with more than zero Sunday games in Queensland, there’s one standalone State of Origin game as promised (which hopefully turns into three in 2019), the ridiculous amount of bye rounds has been reduced to 2 x 4 game rounds,
That reduction of bye affected rounds is the biggest hallelujah in recent NRL fixture making history. Perhaps they realised completely f***ing their competition for nearly three months to keep Origin on a pedestal is a stupid idea. Much like the ISC two-week Marvel Heroes round.
But the usual bugbears of the draw like an overdose of FTA Broncos, the Sydney dominated Sunday afternoon games, and the fact that Channel Nein still have the FTA broadcast rights remain and there’s nothing we or the NRL can do about it.
There’s also some valid gripes about the level playing field of turnaround and top/bottom 8 opponents, which we will address later with an idea.
For now, enjoy our 2018 NRL Draw analysis, and moaning, with our Nein Points of Interest.
WANT TO WATCH LEAGUE? FOX SPORTS IS A MUST. FTA STATS.
The NRL really haven’t left League fans with much of a choice, as any real rugby league fan really needs the Pay TV channel to follow the game properly. To be left at the devices of Channel Nein means you get what they say you want, and the added bonus of their tremendous commentary team and coverage.
Few surprises in the general FTA stats, but still mildly interesting all the same. Perhaps the NRL will even it out across time, or maybe they want people to go to Fox League.
Last year’s grand finalists are down the list a little. No surprise.
|Team||Total FTA Games|
SYD-UNDAY AFTERNEIN RUGBY LEAGUE
We have always maintained this is all you need for the Sunday afternoon NRL game, and the 2018 NRL Draw doesn’t change that opinion.
At least the Brisbane fans get their taste in 2018, and the Sydney dominance has been softened a little with just 14 of the 25 Sunday afternoon games on FTA being all Sydney affairs (56%). We guess that is fair as 9 of the 16 teams come from Sydney. Thankfully 22/25 games feature at least one Sydney team. Damn the Melbourne Storm and Broncos stuffing up the 100% record.
Tigers (6) are the team most watched for Sunday FTA, closely followed by the Roosters, Manly and Dragons with 5.
We just can’t wait for the Gus and Rabs show, and the Channel Nein sidekicks who make the coverage all the better. Pity it clashes with Fox League’s coverage.
SYD-UNDAY AFTERNEIN FOOTBALL BREAK UP
FEWER BYES = FEWER SHIT ROUNDS AND MOANS
One real positive is the removal of all but two rounds affected by byes. Whilst the two that remain are the why both rounds of four games, at least there are only two, and every other round is a full book of eight.
Truly about time for the NRL to realise that State of Origin shouldn’t kill your bread and butter weekly NRL.
Now for three stand alone Origin so no Bye rounds are required at all.
NRL PATS THEMSELVES ON BACK FOR REGIONAL GAMES
The NRL seems quick to give themselves a pat on the back for more Regional games, but there are some truths to be told.
Firstly, the clubs go to most of the trouble of going to these locations and some have been doing it for a while like Penrith in Bathurst and Souths in Cairns.
Secondly, the only reason the Titans are playing at Toowoomba and Gladstone is that they lose their home ground thanks to the Commonwealth Games. As great as it is that these towns get a taste of rugby league, does anyone really think they’ll be back in 2019?
It’s great the Tigers and Dragons will be visiting Tamworth and Mudgee too in 2019, but what about doing it properly with a Queensland Cup style Country week where all the teams play in the country for one whole round.
We suggested it a while ago, and still believe it would work. Given the rapid decline in crowds, they won’t lose many by heading to the bush, if any. Not many.
CAN’T WAIT FOR THE “THEME” ROUNDS
We are really hoping the Marvel Super Hero Round is back in 2018. What a tremendous idea. If the NRL weren’t so broke they could get someone to come up with a theme round that essentially wasn’t trying to flog off another jersey.
A FAIRER WAY TO DO A DRAW
A lot has been said of the fairness/unfairness of which teams play top/bottom sides, so we developed a quick, cheap way of doing it. That could be fairer for all.
- Divide the 16 Teams into 4 Groups of 4 Teams based on traditional or geographic rivalries where permitted.
- Play every team at least once. (15 Games)
- Play every team within your group both home and away. (Another 3 Games)
- Sort the 4 team groups in the order of the previous season.
- Then split each of the groups into two. Each team plays all of the others team in the same half of their respective tables. (Another 6 games)
- This then comes to the current 24 fixtures, and gets as close as possible that top teams and bottom teams from the previous year are more likely to play similar strength sides, but they will still play their best rivals ensuring the best games.
|QLD GROUP||SYD GROUP 1||WEST SYD||OTHER|
E.g. Broncos will play the other Qld sides and great rivals Storm twice, and then the other six sides in the top half of the above table, and then the remaining six in the bottom half just once. Alternating home and away each year.
And before we go, how hard is it to make the 5 day turnaround more even. Get to end of draw, compare each team’s totals and even out accordingly. Simples.
TIME FOR A SUNDAY SELLOUT IN BRISBANE
We are not Broncos fans, but do love our Sunday afternoon football. Although we prefer Intrust Super Cup and the mighty, premiership winning PNG Hunters, it is still great to see rugby league return to Brisbane in 2018 on a Sunday.
The Broncos get three games, the rarest of home FTA games at 4:10pm, one at 2pm, and the other one at 5:30pm thanks to daylight savings. To claim that the 5:30pm is a Sunday afternoon game is a long bow, but the other two are encouraging.
Sunday afternoon NRL may even tempt us to return to an NRL game for the first time in 3 seasons, but Brisbane fans should get their in sellout numbers if they want to prove to the NRL that Sunday rugby league needs to stay in Brisbane.
2018 NRL DRAW PROVES DECIDING LAST 6 ROUNDS IN JUNE WAS BULLSHIT
The NRL have given up on claiming they wait until June to do the final 6 rounds after their pants were pulled down by truckloads of the clearly bottom 8 bound Bulldogs, Rabbitohs and Tigers ruined their theory in 2017.
Another step forward in the NRL hopefully deciding not to treat NRL fans like idiots.
SIX OF THE BEST FROM THE FIRST SIX ROUNDS
It’s not all doom and gloom as we point out six of the best to start the season.
ROUND 1 – PERTH DOUBLE HEADER
What a great and surprisngly out there idea to not only have a double header, but in Perth.
ROUND 2 – BRONCOS v COWBOYS
The NRL’s flagship regular season match.
ROUND 3 – TITANS v DRAGONS @ Toowoomba
The home of Scott Minto gets an NRL game. Will Toowoomba’s local outnumber the regular Titans crowd figures.
ROUND 5 – AUCKLAND DOUBLE HEADER
Another great double with Tigers v Storm and Warriors v Cowboys
ROUND 6 – ROOSTERS v RABBITOHS
First of two decent Sydney based rivalries.
ROUND 6 – SHARKS v DRAGONS
Second of the two great Sydney based rivalries.
Channel Nein were really spoiled for choice at 4:10pm on A Sunday this week.
FULL 2018 NRL DRAW
Why not copy the below and put it into a spreadsheet to ensure you look busy at your desk at work whilst really perusing which NRL game you’re going to.
|Thu Mar 8||Dragons||Broncos||UOW Jubilee Oval||Nine, Fox||7:50pm||1|
|Fri Mar 9||Knights||Sea Eagles||McDonald Jones Stadium||Fox||6:00pm||1|
|Fri Mar 9||Cowboys||Sharks||1300SMILES Stadium||Nine, Fox||7:50pm||1|
|Sat Mar 10||Tigers||Roosters||ANZ Stadium||Fox||4:30pm||1|
|Sat Mar 10||Rabbitohs||Warriors||Perth Stadium||Fox||7:00pm||1|
|Sat Mar 10||Bulldogs||Storm||Perth Stadium||Fox||9:00pm||1|
|Sun Mar 11||Panthers||Eels||Panthers Stadium||Nine, Fox||4:10pm||1|
|Sun Mar 11||Titans||Raiders||Cbus Super Stadium||Fox||6:30pm||1|
|Thu Mar 15||Sharks||Dragons||Southern Cross Group Stadium||Nine, Fox||7:50pm||2|
|Fri Mar 16||Roosters||Bulldogs||Allianz Stadium||Fox||6:00pm||2|
|Fri Mar 16||Broncos||Cowboys||Suncorp Stadium||Nine, Fox||7:50pm||2|
|Sat Mar 17||Warriors||Titans||Mt Smart Stadium||Fox||3:00pm||2|
|Sat Mar 17||Panthers||Rabbitohs||Panthers Stadium||Fox||5:30pm||2|
|Sat Mar 17||Storm||Tigers||AAMI Park||Fox||7:30pm||2|
|Sun Mar 18||Sea Eagles||Eels||Lottoland||Nine, Fox||4:10pm||2|
|Sun Mar 18||Raiders||Knights||GIO Stadium||Fox||6:30pm||2|
|Thu Mar 22||Storm||Cowboys||AAMI Park||Nine, Fox||7:50pm||3|
|Fri Mar 23||Bulldogs||Panthers||ANZ Stadium||Fox||6:00pm||3|
|Fri Mar 23||Tigers||Broncos||Campbelltown Stadium||Nine, Fox||7:50pm||3|
|Sat Mar 24||Raiders||Warriors||GIO Stadium||Fox||3:00pm||3|
|Sat Mar 24||Rabbitohs||Sea Eagles||ANZ Stadium||Fox||5:30pm||3|
|Sat Mar 24||Eels||Sharks||ANZ Stadium||Fox||7:30pm||3|
|Sun Mar 25||Titans||Dragons||Clive Berghofer Stadium||Nine, Fox||4:10pm||3|
|Sun Mar 25||Roosters||Knights||Allianz Stadium||Fox||6:30pm||3|
|Thu Mar 29||Cowboys||Panthers||1300SMILES Stadium||Nine, Fox||7:50pm||4|
|Fri Mar 30||Rabbitohs||Bulldogs||ANZ Stadium||Nine, Fox||4:10pm||4|
|Fri Mar 30||Sharks||Storm||Southern Cross Group Stadium||Nine, Fox||7:50pm||4|
|Sat Mar 31||Roosters||Warriors||Allianz Stadium||Fox||5:30pm||4|
|Sat Mar 31||Sea Eagles||Raiders||Lottoland||Fox||7:30pm||4|
|Sun Apr 1||Dragons||Knights||WIN Stadium||Nine, Fox||4:10pm||4|
|Sun Apr 1||Broncos||Titans||Suncorp Stadium||Fox||6:30pm||4|
|Mon Apr 2||Tigers||Eels||ANZ Stadium||Fox||4:00pm||4|
|Thu Apr 5||Raiders||Bulldogs||GIO Stadium||Nine, Fox||7:50pm||5|
|Fri Apr 6||Sharks||Roosters||Southern Cross Group Stadium||Fox||6:00pm||5|
|Fri Apr 6||Dragons||Rabbitohs||UOW Jubilee Oval||Nine, Fox||7:50pm||5|
|Sat Apr 7||Tigers||Storm||Mt Smart Stadium||Fox||3:00pm||5|
|Sat Apr 7||Warriors||Cowboys||Mt Smart Stadium||Fox||5:30pm||5|
|Sat Apr 7||Knights||Broncos||McDonald Jones Stadium||Fox||7:30pm||5|
|Sun Apr 8||Titans||Sea Eagles||Marley Brown Oval||Fox||2:00pm||5|
|Sun Apr 8||Eels||Panthers||ANZ Stadium||Nine, Fox||4:10pm||5|
|Thu Apr 12||Roosters||Rabbitohs||Allianz Stadium||Nine, Fox||7:50pm||6|
|Fri Apr 13||Storm||Knights||AAMI Park||Fox||6:00pm||6|
|Fri Apr 13||Dragons||Sharks||WIN Stadium||Nine, Fox||7:50pm||6|
|Sat Apr 14||Warriors||Broncos||Mt Smart Stadium||Fox||3:00pm||6|
|Sat Apr 14||Cowboys||Bulldogs||1300SMILES Stadium||Fox||5:30pm||6|
|Sat Apr 14||Raiders||Eels||GIO Stadium||Fox||7:30pm||6|
|Sun Apr 15||Panthers||Titans||Panthers Stadium||Fox||2:00pm||6|
|Sun Apr 15||Sea Eagles||Tigers||Lottoland||Nine, Fox||4:10pm||6|
|Thu Apr 19||Bulldogs||Roosters||ANZ Stadium||Nine, Fox||7:50pm||7|
|Fri Apr 20||Warriors||Dragons||Mt Smart Stadium||Fox||6:00pm||7|
|Fri Apr 20||Broncos||Storm||Suncorp Stadium||Nine, Fox||7:50pm||7|
|Sat Apr 21||Rabbitohs||Raiders||Central Coast Stadium||Fox||3:00pm||7|
|Sat Apr 21||Tigers||Knights||Scully Park||Fox||5:30pm||7|
|Sat Apr 21||Cowboys||Titans||1300SMILES Stadium||Fox||7:30pm||7|
|Sun Apr 22||Eels||Sea Eagles||ANZ Stadium||Fox||2:00pm||7|
|Sun Apr 22||Sharks||Panthers||Southern Cross Group Stadium||Nine, Fox||4:10pm||7|
|Thu Apr 26||Rabbitohs||Broncos||ANZ Stadium||Nine, Fox||7:50pm||8|
|Fri Apr 27||Sea Eagles||Knights||Lottoland||Fox||6:00pm||8|
|Fri Apr 27||Panthers||Bulldogs||Panthers Stadium||Nine, Fox||7:50pm||8|
|Sat Apr 28||Titans||Sharks||Cbus Super Stadium||Fox||5:30pm||8|
|Sat Apr 28||Cowboys||Raiders||1300SMILES Stadium||Fox||7:30pm||8|
|Sun Apr 29||Eels||Tigers||ANZ Stadium||Nine, Fox||4:10pm||8|
|Wed Apr 25||Storm||Warriors||AAMI Park||Fox||4:10pm||8|
|Wed Apr 25||Dragons||Roosters||Allianz Stadium||Nine, Fox||7:00pm||8|
|Thu May 3||Broncos||Bulldogs||Suncorp Stadium||Nine, Fox||7:50pm||9|
|Fri May 4||Knights||Rabbitohs||McDonald Jones Stadium||Fox||6:00pm||9|
|Fri May 4||Panthers||Cowboys||Carrington Park||Nine, Fox||7:50pm||9|
|Sat May 5||Raiders||Titans||GIO Stadium||Fox||3:00pm||9|
|Sat May 5||Warriors||Tigers||Mt Smart Stadium||Fox||5:30pm||9|
|Sat May 5||Sharks||Eels||Southern Cross Group Stadium||Fox||7:30pm||9|
|Sun May 6||Dragons||Storm||UOW Jubilee Oval||Fox||2:00pm||9|
|Sun May 6||Roosters||Sea Eagles||Allianz Stadium||Nine, Fox||4:10pm||9|
|Thu May 10||Tigers||Cowboys||Leichhardt Oval||Nine, Fox||7:50pm||10|
|Fri May 11||Knights||Panthers||McDonald Jones Stadium||Fox||6:00pm||10|
|Fri May 11||Bulldogs||Eels||ANZ Stadium||Nine, Fox||7:50pm||10|
|Sat May 12||Warriors||Roosters||Mt Smart Stadium||Fox||3:00pm||10|
|Sat May 12||Storm||Titans||Suncorp Stadium||Fox||5:30pm||10|
|Sat May 12||Sea Eagles||Broncos||Suncorp Stadium||Fox||7:30pm||10|
|Sun May 13||Rabbitohs||Dragons||ANZ Stadium||Fox||2:00pm||10|
|Sun May 13||Raiders||Sharks||GIO Stadium||Nine, Fox||4:10pm||10|
|Thu May 17||Panthers||Tigers||Panthers Stadium||Nine, Fox||7:50pm||11|
|Fri May 18||Eels||Warriors||ANZ Stadium||Fox||6:00pm||11|
|Fri May 18||Broncos||Roosters||Suncorp Stadium||Nine, Fox||7:50pm||11|
|Sat May 19||Titans||Knights||Cbus Super Stadium||Fox||3:00pm||11|
|Sat May 19||Cowboys||Rabbitohs||1300SMILES Stadium||Fox||5:30pm||11|
|Sat May 19||Storm||Sea Eagles||AAMI Park||Fox||7:30pm||11|
|Sun May 20||Dragons||Raiders||Glen Willow Oval||Fox||2:00pm||11|
|Sun May 20||Sharks||Bulldogs||Southern Cross Group Stadium||Nine, Fox||4:10pm||11|
|Thu May 24||Broncos||Eels||Suncorp Stadium||Nine, Fox||7:50pm||12|
|Fri May 25||Raiders||Sea Eagles||GIO Stadium||Fox||6:00pm||12|
|Fri May 25||Cowboys||Storm||1300SMILES Stadium||Nine, Fox||7:50pm||12|
|Sat May 26||Roosters||Titans||Central Coast Stadium||Fox||3:00pm||12|
|Sat May 26||Warriors||Rabbitohs||Mt Smart Stadium||Fox||5:30pm||12|
|Sat May 26||Panthers||Dragons||Panthers Stadium||Fox||7:30pm||12|
|Sun May 27||Knights||Sharks||McDonald Jones Stadium||Fox||2:00pm||12|
|Sun May 27||Tigers||Bulldogs||ANZ Stadium||Nine, Fox||4:10pm||12|
|Thu May 31||Sea Eagles||Cowboys||Lottoland||Nine, Fox||7:50pm||13|
|Fri Jun 1||Rabbitohs||Sharks||ANZ Stadium||Nine, Fox||7:50pm||13|
|Sat Jun 2||Eels||Knights||ANZ Stadium||Fox||7:30pm||13|
|Sun Jun 3||Roosters||Tigers||Allianz Stadium||Nine, Fox||4:10pm||13|
|Fri Jun 8||Raiders||Panthers||GIO Stadium||Fox||6:00pm||14|
|Fri Jun 8||Titans||Rabbitohs||Cbus Super Stadium||Nine, Fox||7:50pm||14|
|Sat Jun 9||Sea Eagles||Warriors||AMI Stadium||Fox||3:00pm||14|
|Sat Jun 9||Knights||Roosters||McDonald Jones Stadium||Fox||5:30pm||14|
|Sat Jun 9||Eels||Cowboys||TIO Stadium||Fox||7:30pm||14|
|Sun Jun 10||Sharks||Tigers||Southern Cross Group Stadium||Fox||2:00pm||14|
|Sun Jun 10||Storm||Broncos||AAMI Park||Nine, Fox||4:10pm||14|
|Mon Jun 11||Bulldogs||Dragons||ANZ Stadium||Fox||4:00pm||14|
|Thu Jun 14||Eels||Rabbitohs||ANZ Stadium||Nine, Fox||7:50pm||15|
|Fri Jun 15||Cowboys||Warriors||1300SMILES Stadium||Fox||6:00pm||15|
|Fri Jun 15||Roosters||Panthers||Allianz Stadium||Nine, Fox||7:50pm||15|
|Sat Jun 16||Bulldogs||Titans||Belmore Sports Ground||Fox||3:00pm||15|
|Sat Jun 16||Dragons||Sea Eagles||WIN Stadium||Fox||5:30pm||15|
|Sat Jun 16||Sharks||Broncos||Southern Cross Group Stadium||Fox||7:30pm||15|
|Sun Jun 17||Knights||Storm||McDonald Jones Stadium||Fox||2:00pm||15|
|Sun Jun 17||Tigers||Raiders||Campbelltown Stadium||Nine, Fox||4:10pm||15|
|Thu Jun 28||Dragons||Eels||WIN Stadium||Nine, Fox||7:50pm||16|
|Fri Jun 29||Warriors||Sharks||Mt Smart Stadium||Fox||6:00pm||16|
|Fri Jun 29||Roosters||Storm||Allianz Stadium||Nine, Fox||7:50pm||16|
|Sat Jun 30||Panthers||Sea Eagles||Panthers Stadium||Fox||3:00pm||16|
|Sat Jun 30||Knights||Bulldogs||McDonald Jones Stadium||Fox||5:30pm||16|
|Sat Jun 30||Broncos||Raiders||Suncorp Stadium||Fox||7:30pm||16|
|Sun Jul 1||Tigers||Titans||Leichhardt Oval||Fox||2:00pm||16|
|Sun Jul 1||Rabbitohs||Cowboys||Barlow Park||Nine, Fox||4:10pm||16|
|Thu Jul 5||Storm||Dragons||AAMI Park||Nine, Fox||7:50pm||17|
|Fri Jul 6||Panthers||Warriors||Panthers Stadium||Nine, Fox||7:50pm||17|
|Sat Jul 7||Bulldogs||Raiders||Belmore Sports Ground||Fox||7:30pm||17|
|Sun Jul 8||Titans||Broncos||Cbus Super Stadium||Nine, Fox||4:10pm||17|
|Fri Jul 13||Panthers||Sharks||Panthers Stadium||Fox||6:00pm||18|
|Fri Jul 13||Knights||Eels||McDonald Jones Stadium||Nine, Fox||7:50pm||18|
|Sat Jul 14||Bulldogs||Rabbitohs||ANZ Stadium||Fox||3:00pm||18|
|Sat Jul 14||Sea Eagles||Storm||Lottoland||Fox||5:30pm||18|
|Sat Jul 14||Raiders||Cowboys||GIO Stadium||Fox||7:30pm||18|
|Sun Jul 15||Broncos||Warriors||Suncorp Stadium||Fox||2:00pm||18|
|Sun Jul 15||Dragons||Tigers||UOW Jubilee Oval||Nine, Fox||4:10pm||18|
|Sun Jul 15||Titans||Roosters||Cbus Super Stadium||Fox||6:30pm||18|
|Thu Jul 19||Eels||Bulldogs||ANZ Stadium||Nine, Fox||7:50pm||19|
|Fri Jul 20||Sharks||Raiders||Southern Cross Group Stadium||Fox||6:00pm||19|
|Fri Jul 20||Broncos||Panthers||Suncorp Stadium||Nine, Fox||7:50pm||19|
|Sat Jul 21||Knights||Titans||McDonald Jones Stadium||Fox||3:00pm||19|
|Sat Jul 21||Tigers||Rabbitohs||ANZ Stadium||Fox||5:30pm||19|
|Sat Jul 21||Cowboys||Dragons||1300SMILES Stadium||Fox||7:30pm||19|
|Sun Jul 22||Warriors||Storm||Mt Smart Stadium||Fox||2:00pm||19|
|Sun Jul 22||Sea Eagles||Roosters||Lottoland||Nine, Fox||4:10pm||19|
|Thu Jul 26||Broncos||Sharks||Suncorp Stadium||Nine, Fox||7:50pm||20|
|Fri Jul 27||Cowboys||Knights||1300SMILES Stadium||Fox||6:00pm||20|
|Fri Jul 27||Bulldogs||Tigers||ANZ Stadium||Nine, Fox||7:50pm||20|
|Sat Jul 28||Sea Eagles||Panthers||Lottoland||Fox||3:00pm||20|
|Sat Jul 28||Rabbitohs||Eels||ANZ Stadium||Fox||5:30pm||20|
|Sat Jul 28||Storm||Raiders||AAMI Park||Fox||7:30pm||20|
|Sun Jul 29||Titans||Warriors||Cbus Super Stadium||Fox||2:00pm||20|
|Sun Jul 29||Roosters||Dragons||Allianz Stadium||Nine, Fox||4:10pm||20|
|Thu Aug 2||Bulldogs||Broncos||ANZ Stadium||Nine, Fox||7:50pm||21|
|Fri Aug 3||Knights||Tigers||McDonald Jones Stadium||Fox||6:00pm||21|
|Fri Aug 3||Rabbitohs||Storm||ANZ Stadium||Nine, Fox||7:50pm||21|
|Sat Aug 4||Dragons||Warriors||WIN Stadium||Fox||3:00pm||21|
|Sat Aug 4||Eels||Titans||ANZ Stadium||Fox||5:30pm||21|
|Sat Aug 4||Roosters||Cowboys||Allianz Stadium||Fox||7:30pm||21|
|Sun Aug 5||Sharks||Sea Eagles||Southern Cross Group Stadium||Fox||2:00pm||21|
|Sun Aug 5||Panthers||Raiders||Panthers Stadium||Nine, Fox||4:10pm||21|
|Thu Aug 9||Cowboys||Broncos||1300SMILES Stadium||Nine, Fox||7:50pm||22|
|Fri Aug 10||Warriors||Knights||Mt Smart Stadium||Fox||6:00pm||22|
|Fri Aug 10||Rabbitohs||Roosters||ANZ Stadium||Nine, Fox||7:50pm||22|
|Sat Aug 11||Titans||Panthers||Cbus Super Stadium||Fox||3:00pm||22|
|Sat Aug 11||Sea Eagles||Bulldogs||Lottoland||Fox||5:30pm||22|
|Sat Aug 11||Eels||Dragons||ANZ Stadium||Fox||7:30pm||22|
|Sun Aug 12||Raiders||Tigers||GIO Stadium||Fox||2:00pm||22|
|Sun Aug 12||Storm||Sharks||AAMI Park||Nine, Fox||4:10pm||22|
|Thu Aug 16||Broncos||Rabbitohs||Suncorp Stadium||Nine, Fox||7:50pm||23|
|Fri Aug 17||Sea Eagles||Titans||Lottoland||Fox||6:00pm||23|
|Fri Aug 17||Storm||Eels||AAMI Park||Nine, Fox||7:50pm||23|
|Sat Aug 18||Panthers||Knights||Panthers Stadium||Fox||3:00pm||23|
|Sat Aug 18||Tigers||Dragons||Leichhardt Oval||Fox||5:30pm||23|
|Sat Aug 18||Sharks||Cowboys||Southern Cross Group Stadium||Fox||7:30pm||23|
|Sun Aug 19||Bulldogs||Warriors||ANZ Stadium||Fox||2:00pm||23|
|Sun Aug 19||Raiders||Roosters||GIO Stadium||Nine, Fox||4:10pm||23|
|Thu Aug 23||Tigers||Sea Eagles||Campbelltown Stadium||Nine, Fox||7:50pm||24|
|Fri Aug 24||Warriors||Panthers||Mt Smart Stadium||Fox||6:00pm||24|
|Fri Aug 24||Cowboys||Eels||1300SMILES Stadium||Nine, Fox||7:50pm||24|
|Sat Aug 25||Raiders||Rabbitohs||GIO Stadium||Fox||3:00pm||24|
|Sat Aug 25||Titans||Storm||Cbus Super Stadium||Fox||5:30pm||24|
|Sat Aug 25||Roosters||Broncos||Allianz Stadium||Fox||7:30pm||24|
|Sun Aug 26||Sharks||Knights||Southern Cross Group Stadium||Fox||2:00pm||24|
|Sun Aug 26||Dragons||Bulldogs||UOW Jubilee Oval||Nine, Fox||4:10pm||24|
|Thu Aug 30||Rabbitohs||Tigers||ANZ Stadium||Nine, Fox||7:50pm||25|
|Fri Aug 31||Warriors||Raiders||Mt Smart Stadium||Fox||6:00pm||25|
|Fri Aug 31||Storm||Panthers||AAMI Park||Nine, Fox||7:50pm||25|
|Sat Sep 1||Knights||Dragons||McDonald Jones Stadium||Fox||3:00pm||25|
|Sat Sep 1||Titans||Cowboys||Cbus Super Stadium||Fox||5:30pm||25|
|Sat Sep 1||Eels||Roosters||ANZ Stadium||Fox||7:30pm||25|
|Sun Sep 2||Bulldogs||Sharks||ANZ Stadium||Fox||2:00pm||25|
|Sun Sep 2||Broncos||Sea Eagles||Suncorp Stadium||Nine, Fox||4:10pm||25|