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For the first time in the history of the NRL’s McIntyre Finals system, the top four teams have all won their respective opening finals matches to set up two enthralling showdowns in Week 2 of the 2011 Telstra Premiership Finals Series.

Minor Premiers Melbourne Storm and Manly Sea Eagles have won through to Week 3 of the Telstra Premiership Series and will await the winners of this week’s Semi-Final matches to play-off for places in the 2011 NRL Telstra Premiership Grand Final.

The schedule for Week 2 Semi-Finals is:

1st Semi-Final: 7.45pm Friday, September 16, at Sydney Football Stadium
NRL: Wests Tigers (W4) v (L2) Warriors
Toyota Cup: Cronulla Sharks (W3) v (L1) Sydney Roosters, 5.15pm
Coca-Cola Cup Challenge: Bankstown Sports v Mounties, 4.05pm
Gates open 4pm

2nd Semi-Final:  6.45pm Saturday, September 17, at Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
NRL: Brisbane Broncos (W3) v (L1) St George Illawarra Dragons
Toyota Cup: Melbourne Storm (W4) v (L2) Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs, 4.15pm.
Gates Open 4pm

The schedule for Week 3 Preliminary Finals is:

Preliminary Final: Friday, September 23 (Kick-off TBC)
Venue: Either ANZ Stadium or Sydney Football Stadium
Manly Sea Eagles (W2) v Brisbane Broncos/St George Illawarra Dragons

Preliminary Final: Saturday, September 24 (Kick-off TBC)
Venue: Either AAMI Park or Etihad Stadium, Melbourne
Melbourne Storm (W1) v Wests Tigers/Warriors

The Warriors and North Queensland Cowboys have progressed to Week 3 of the Toyota Cup Finals Series.  While match days and venues are TBC, the draw is:

Preliminary Final: Warriors v Melbourne Storm/Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs
Preliminary Final: North Qld Cowboys v Cronulla Sharks/Sydney Roosters

The 2011 NRL Telstra Premiership Grand Final will be played at Sydney’s ANZ Stadium starting at 5pm on Sunday, October 2.