This week’s NRL Rivalry Round marks the start of a thrilling race to be part of the Telstra Premiership Finals Series with just two points separating the teams placed fifth to 11th on the Telstra Premiership table.
Ahead of the first release of tickets tomorrow for the 2013 Telstra Premiership Grand Final, NRL stars Johnathan Thurston and Michael Ennis today highlighted the importance of a Rivalry Round win to start a finals run.
Rivalry Round kicks off on Friday night with the Queensland blockbuster between the Cowboys and Broncos in Townsville and the Bandaged Bear Cup clash between traditional rivals the Bulldogs and Eels at ANZ Stadium.
“We always love playing the Broncos and this game is do-or-die for both teams, which should take it to a different level,’ Cowboys co-captain Johnathan Thurston said.
“Neither of us can afford a loss at all.”
Bulldogs captain Michael Ennis said there was added pressure to perform in a clash against one of the club’s arch rivals in Parramatta.
“At this time of year, every match is crucial,” Ennis said.
“Everyone is looking to build momentum and coming off the bye it’s important we produce a good performance on Friday night.
“Our clubs have such a great rivalry and it will be great to see supporters from both teams out in force on Friday night.”
In other Rivalry Round matches, on Saturday the Dragons host the Raiders in Wollongong and the Titans tackle the Rabbitohs on the Gold Coast.
On Sunday, the Warriors play the Storm, the Sharks face the Panthers and the Knights are up against the Roosters.
Rivalry Round concludes next Monday with the classic ‘Fibros v Silvertails’ battle between Wests Tigers and Manly at Campbelltown.
Rivalry Round coincides with the first release of tickets for the 2013 Telstra Premiership Grand Final, which go on sale to Ticketed Members tomorrow at 10am.
Tickets start at just $80 for adults, $50 for juniors and $215 for a family of four.
Given the overwhelming demand for NRL Grand Final tickets, it is important that all members and fans are aware of when they can purchase tickets to the biggest game of the year during a series of exclusive purchase periods.
Significantly, all Rugby League fans will have the opportunity to buy NRL Telstra Premiership Grand Final tickets in a priority period by registering for free as an NRL.com member.
Ticketed NRL Club Members will have priority access to tickets from 10am Tuesday, July 23, to 8am Thursday, July 25.
Ticketed Members can access their AAN numbers to purchase tickets here.
NRL.com Members and non-Ticketed NRL Club Members will have priority access from 10am Thursday, July 25, to 8am Friday, July 26 (online sales only).
NRL Telstra Premiership Grand Final Tickets for the General Public will be available for sale from 10am Tuesday, August 6.
While approximately 14,000 tickets will be held back for Ticketed Club Members of the two competing NRL Telstra Premiership Grand Final teams, this first ticket release is the best opportunity to get the best possible seat for the event.
The final ticket allocation will be available to Ticketed Members of the two competing NRL Grand Final teams from 10am-7pm Monday, September 30, with any remaining tickets to be made available for public sale from 10am Tuesday, October 1.
NRL Telstra Premiership Grand Final tickets will be available through Ticketek at www.ticketek.com.au/nrlgrandfinal, by calling 132 849 or at Ticketek outlets.
The 2013 NRL Telstra Premiership Grand Final will kick-off at 7.15pm on Sunday, October 6, at ANZ Stadium, Sydney Olympic Park.
2013 NRL Grand Final Ticket Categories and Prices
* Concessions are available to full pensioners (Aged, War, TPI, Invalid & Disability)
* Juniors are 4-15 years inclusive. Children 3 years and under free when seating on parent’s knee
* Family passes consist of 2 adults and 2 juniors or 1 adult and 3 juniors only
* The NRL is affiliated with the Companion Card program. Patrons can contact the Ticketek Call Centre 132-849 or visit the Ticketek box office to book Tickets using a Companion Card.
* Prices are inclusive of GST. Ticketek may charge an additional transaction fee
For the latest Telstra Premiership Rivalry Round information, log on to www.nrl.com/rivalry.