You have skipped the navigation, tab for page content
Then there were six as dramatic routs by the Roosters and Raiders dumped the Warriors and Eagles from the finals race in a thrilling start to the Telstra Premiership Finals Series. <br><br> The fifth-placed Warriors were the highest ranked "losers" to get an early exit from the knockout Week 1 Qualifying Finals round after the sixth-placed Roosters and seventh-placed Raiders upset their more fancied rivals in sensational fashion on Saturday night. The results continued the fairytale week for Sydney's Dally M winner Todd Carney and Canberra's new Dad Terry Campese. <br><br> Minor premiers the Dragons, who were clinical in their 28-0 disposal of Manly on Sunday, and the fourth-placed Titans, who overpowered the Warriors 28-16 on Friday, have earned a rest next weekend following their wins. But the second-placed Penrith Panthers and third-placed Wests Tigers will have to back up in the do-or-die Semi-Finals after their losses. <br><br> The Wests Tigers lost after dominating for the most part when an error in the last 30seconds of regular time saw the match tied up through a brilliant Braith Anasta field goal that sent the game into three periods of extra time. <br><br> The Carney-inspired Roosters won 19-15 in golden point after almost 100 minutes of play when Shaun Kenny-Dowall's 60m run following an intercept on a Liam Fulton pass sealed the golden point win in front a crowd of 33,315 at the Sydney football Stadium. <br><br> Just two hours later, the Panthers found themselves in an equally dramatic position in a nail-biting 24-22 loss, as the Campese-led Raiders recorded their ninth win in 10 games at Penrith's CUA Stadium. They became the first NRL side this year to win six straight matches; and the first Canberra team to win a finals match since 2000. <br><br> The Raiders and Roosters upsets saw the Warriors unceremoniously dumped from the Premiership race following their loss to the Titans. They join the eighth-placed injury and suspension-ravaged Eagles as the casualties of the first week of the final series. <br><br> The Dragons and Titans will have a break next week, while the Canberra Raiders take on the Wests Tigers and Sydney Roosters clash with the Penrith Panthers in the Week 2 Semi-final kockout round. <br><br> The Dragons will play the winner of the Raiders v Tigers Semi-final and the Titans will take on the the winner of Roosters v Panthers in the Week 3 Preliminary Finals. <br><br> The drama-filled Qualifying Finals, televised live on Channel 9, proved a ratings winner on Saturday night with the NRL winning the TV battle from the AFL Semi-Final between the Swans and Western Bulldogs and the Wallabies' Bledisloe Cup clash. <br><br> Tickets for the Week 2 Telstra Premiership Semi-Finals go on sale to Ticketed Club Members of the competing NRL clubs (for Week 2 only) tomorrow from 9am and to the general public from 9am on Tuesday. <br><br> Week 2 Semi-finals: <br><br> Dragons and Titans have week off, progressing to Week 3 Preliminary Finals. <br><br> 1st Semi-final, Friday, Sept 17 <br><br> 7.30pm Canberra stadium <br><br> Canberra Raiders v Wests Tigers <br><br> 2nd Semi-final, Saturday, Sept 18 <br><br> 7.30pm, Sydney Football Stadium <br><br> Sydney Roosters v Penrith Panthers <br><br> Week 3 Preliminary Finals: <br><br> 1st Preliminary Final, Friday, Sept 24 <br><br> Titans v winner of Roosters v Panthers <br><br> 2nd Preliminary Final, Saturday, Sept 25 <br><br> Dragons v winner of Raiders v Tigers
Acknowledgement of Country

National Rugby League respects and honours the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.

Premier Partner

Media Partners

Major Partners

View All Partners