If rugby league fans are looking for an early dose of grand final action this weekend, then the 2014 NSWRL Grand Final Day is their answer.
A full preview of the 2014 VB NSW Cup Grand Final between the Panthers and Knights.
Canterbury-Bankstown's chief instigator Michael Ennis can niggle until the cows come home – but he won't get a bo peep out of the Panthers on Saturday night.
Just a fortnight ago, the chances of the Panthers playing the Bulldogs for a spot in the 2014 decider seemed fairly remote – but a lot can happen in two weeks.
Former Cronulla teammates Kevin Kingston and Matt Hilder are both aiming to end their season on a high with a win in Sunday's NSW Cup grand final.
Michael Maguire, Trent Robinson, Ivan Cleary and Des Hasler converged on Rugby League Central on Monday to discuss the upcoming preliminary finals.
Monday's NRL Coaches Call provided 20 minutes of great mentor-speak - and the attending media a timely lesson in linguistics.
Panthers coach Ivan Cleary has moved quickly to assume underdog status for this Saturday's grand final qualifier against the Bulldogs.
The Panthers and Knights have fought their way to the NSW Cup grand final after accounting for the Magpies and Cutters in the preliminary finals.
Larger-than-life character Jamal Idris can easily bring a smile to the face of just about anyone - apart from cool-as-ice Panthers coach Ivan Cleary.