Panthers halfback Nathan Cleary has all but ruled out a shock return to Penrith's Holden Cup side for next week's preliminary final against North Queensland.
Canberra hooker Josh Hodgson's ankle woes were the least of his worries in the 24 hours leading up to his side's semi-final win over Penrith.
The key talking points, injuries and judiciary news from the second weekend of the 2016 NRL Telstra Premiership Finals Series.
Penrith will look back at their season-ending loss to Canberra with despair, but given where they were three months ago, there is nothing to be ashamed of.
While proud of his side's efforts against the Panthers, Raiders coach Ricky Stuart has warned the Storm will punish any errors Canberra make in their prelim.
Despite an inspired second-half comeback from Penrith, Canberra did enough to create NRL history. Key points from the Raiders' drought-breaking semi-final win.
The Raiders have progressed to the preliminary finals for the first time in 21 years, surviving a second-half comeback to down the Panthers at GIO Stadium.
The Roosters have held out a determined Sharks outfit to clinch a nail-biting Holden Cup semi-final victory at GIO Stadium on Saturday night.
The Raiders and Panthers have both confirmed their final 17 ahead of their elimination semi-final clash at GIO Stadium on Saturday night.
Former Panthers outside back George Jennings has signed a one-year deal to join brother Michael at Parramatta for the 2017 season.