Penrith, Newcastle to contest NSW Cup grand final
The Penrith Panthers and Newcastle Knights have fought their way to the NSW Cup grand final after accounting for the Wentworthville Magpies and Illawarra Cutters respectively in a bumper double header at Leichhardt Oval on Sunday afternoon.
After taking out the minor premiership, the Panthers continued on their way to the decider with a seven-game winning streak to boot after taking down the Magpies 31-12.
Despite the slow start, the Panthers were able to run in tries through back-rowers Ryan Simpkins and Reagan Campbell-Gillard, fullback Kieran Moss, centre Kevin Naiqama and five-eighth Luke Capewell with a Tom Humble field goal securing the game for his team in the final ten minutes.
Joining the Magpies on Mad Monday were the Cutters who had no answers to a first half onslaught from the Knights.
A hat-trick to winger and man of the match Josh Mantellato in the first 15 minutes saw Newcastle jump to an early 16-0 lead before tries to Pat Vaivai, Chanel Mata'utia and Chad Redman saw the Knights win their first preliminary final in three years.
The NSW Cup will be contested at Allianz Stadium this Sunday, 28 September in a triple header offering from NSWRL.
With Newcastle and Penrith set to be the main event, the Ron Massey Cup and Sydney Shield will also be decided in what promises to be a bumper day of rugby league.
Tickets for the afternoon are just $10 for adults and $5 for kids and are on sale now.
NSWRL Grand Final Day fixtures
Sunday, September 28th at Allianz Stadium from 10:30am onwards
Sydney Shield Grand Final: East Campbelltown Eagles v Mounties
Ron Massey Cup Grand Final: Mounties v Entrance Tigers
NSW Cup Grand Final: Penrith Panthers v Newcastle Knights