You have to make it to the grand final before you can win the darn thing, and while a mere 80 minutes on the field will decide the fate of our four semi-finalists this weekend, each club’s journey to this point has been immense.
Players pushing their bodies to the limit across 26 grinding rounds of regular season footy and overcoming opponents, injury, and the pressure of a do-or-die finals series. For clubs like the Rabbitohs, the path to this penultimate game has been even more precarious, the expectation even heavier. Better yet, our four finalists are also keen rivals – teams with an intense passion for beating each other, especially on the big stage.
NRL.com is the home of NRL video so we’ve decided to shortlist and show you some of the best recent match ups between the Storm, Sea Eagles, Bulldogs and Rabbitohs to get you pumped for the semi final showdowns between four of the best teams left in the Telstra Premiership race.
Check out the NRL.com homepage today between 10:00am and 11:00am as we take a look at Round 2, 2011, when the Rabbitohs suffered a 28-19 defeat at the hands of the Bulldogs at ANZ Stadium. The Rabbitohs led 19-18 with 10-minutes to go after Chris Sandow landed a field goal, but the Bulldogs snapped back to action and stole the match from the jaws of defeat.
This afternoon between 2:00pm and 3:00pm we’ll feature a classic between the Storm and the Sea Eagles at Etihad Stadium from Round 6, 2010. The Sea Eagles led 18-6 at half-time, but a superb second half double from Cooper Cronk reeled them back in. A rare missed conversion from Storm skipper Cameron Smith on Cronk’s first try left the home team two points short of tying the match.
Want to see more? Simply check out the schedule below and come back to the NRL.com homepage at the following times to enjoy a feast of finals match highlights for Melbourne, Manly, Canterbury-Bankstown and South Sydney.
Round 2, 2011 Bulldogs v Rabbitohs
Round 6, 2010 Storm v Sea Eagles
Round 7, 2011 Bulldogs v Rabbitohs
Round 1, 2011 Storm v Sea Eagles
Round 6, 2012 Bulldogs v Rabbitohs
Round 25, 2011 Storm v Sea Eagles
Round 15, 2012 Storm v Sea Eagles
Round 13, 2012 Bulldogs v Rabbitohs