NRL ON NINE | Round 24 four do-or-die clashes to make the finals

Source: Nine


The action is starting to heat up as we enter the penultimate round of the NRL regular season, with the finals fast approaching. 

Nine will offer the greatest coverage of the NRL finals to date, with new features beginning this week exclusively on 9Now. Previously available during State of Origin, a variety of supplementary video streams will now be available for most matches in addition to the game itself – including player, referee, coach and corner post camera views, and dedicated match statistics.

Starting tonight in NRL Round 24 on Macca’s Thursday Night Footy, the Bulldogs continue their seemingly impossible fairytale of making the finals, and only a win will suffice as they travel up to Townsville to face the tough Cowboys. Apart from Jayden Okunbor coming in on the wing to replace Reimis Smith (suspended) the Dogs field an unchanged side that has become a fortress in defence.

The Cowboys are coming off a gritty win against Penrith and playing at 1300SMILES Stadium for the final time before moving to a new home next season. Captain Michael Morgan was instrumental in their success last week and is pivotal again in a team unchanged by coach Paul Green.

VB Friday Night Footy pits a Broncos side clinging to the top eight in a must-win battle with the Parramatta Eels. When these sides faced off earlier in the year Parramatta romped to a big win. To turn the tables, the Broncos need fullback Anthony Milford to lift in attack and forward sensation David Fifita to go on the rampage as he did against the Rabbitohs last round.

Parramatta will again turn to Clint Gutherson and Mitchell Moses to lead the way in maximum involvement. They gain a big boost in the return of Origin winger Blake Ferguson, who’ll be out to pick up exactly where he left off – scoring stunning tries.

The action shifts to the SCG on Macca’s Saturday Night Footy, with the Panthers facing a daunting do-or-die finals task – defeat the deadly, defending premiers, the Roosters at the SCG which has become a fortress for them. James Maloney will need to be at his wily best, with Nathan Cleary following his lead if an upset is on the cards. Penrith will debut young back-rower Billy Burns, who will be relishing the big moment to make a name for himself against the heavyweights.

Star centre Latrell Mitchell is back for the Roosters, and skipper Boyd Cordner is also a chance of playing as he battles to return from injury. Young hooker Sam Verrills has also been getting comfortable as coach Trent Robinson sweats on the return of co-captain Jake Friend.

On Chemist Warehouse Sunday Footy, the Dragons and Wests Tigers wage war, with the Tigers out to squeak into the NRL finals after years of heartache. Josh Reynolds slots in as hooker for the Tigers, with Robbie Farah out with a broken leg. Luke Brooks will line up against million-dollar halfback Ben Hunt in a struggle that could swing the game. 

The Dragons will give young Tristan Sailor, son of Broncos great Wendell, another run at fullback after impressing on debut last week. The Red V need a fast start to gain some confidence and settle in against a gritty Tigers side who have plenty of bite left.



Tonight – August 29 Cowboys vs Bulldogs

Sydney          7.30pm LIVE on Nine

Brisbane        7.30pm LIVE on Nine 

Melbourne   7.30pm LIVE on 9GEM

Adelaide        7.00pm LIVE on 9GEM

Perth              5.30pm LIVE on 9GEM


Friday – August 30 Broncos vs Eels

Sydney          7.30pm LIVE on Nine 

Brisbane        7.30pm LIVE on Nine 

Melbourne   7.30pm LIVE on 9GEM

Adelaide        7.00pm LIVE on 9GEM

Perth              5.30pm LIVE on 9GEM


Saturday – August 31 Roosters vs Panthers

Sydney          7.00pm LIVE on Nine 

Brisbane        7.00pm LIVE on Nine 

Melbourne   7.00pm LIVE on 9GEM

Adelaide        6.30pm LIVE on 9GEM

Perth              5.00pm LIVE on 9GEM


Sunday – September 1 Dragons vs Wests Tigers

Sydney          3.00pm LIVE on Nine 

Brisbane        3.00pm LIVE on Nine 

Melbourne   3.00pm LIVE on 9GEM

Adelaide        2.30pm LIVE on 9GEM 

Perth              1.00pm LIVE on 9GEM 





MACCA’S THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTY – Cowboys vs Bulldogs, LIVE from 1300SMILES Stadium at 7.30pm AEST on Nine.  Host and commentators: James Bracey, Paul Vautin, Andrew Johns, Billy Slater, Ruan Sims, Johnathan Thurston, Brad Fittler, Danika Mason, Mat Thompson. 9Now camera angles available: Two different player cams, match statistics.

 MACCA’S GOLDEN POINT – LIVE from 1300SMILES Stadium following Cowboys vs Bulldogs. It explores the big stories to come from the game and has exclusive behind-the-scenes access to players and coaches on the field and in the sheds.



VB FRIDAY NIGHT FOOTY – Broncos vs Eels, LIVE from Suncorp Stadium at 7.30pm AEST on Nine.  Host and commentators: Erin Molan, Phil Gould, Wally Lewis, Darren Lockyer, Sam Thaiday, Brad Fittler, Billy Slater, Mat Thompson. 9Now camera angles available: Player cam, corner post cam, match statistics.

FRIDAY NIGHT KNOCK OFF – LIVE from Suncorp Stadium following Broncos vs Eels. It explores the big stories to come from the game and has exclusive behind-thescenes access to players and coaches on the field and in the sheds.

NRL ON NINE INSTAGRAM TAKEOVER – Follow Sam Thaiday LIVE during VB Friday Night Footy as he takes over the NRL on Nine Instagram account and shares his thoughts and views on the game.



MACCA’S SATURDAY NIGHT FOOTY – Roosters vs Panthers, LIVE from the Sydney Cricket Ground at 7.00pm AEST on Nine.  Host and commentators: Danika Mason, Phil Gould, Peter Sterling, Ruan Sims, Andrew Johns, Brad Fittler, Darren Lockyer, Peter Psaltis.

WIDE WORLD OF SPORTS LIVE BLOG – Follow Andrew Johns on Macca’s Thursday Night Footy as he blogs his thoughts LIVE during the game at Wide World of Sports, sharing analysis from his expert perspective.



SPORTS SUNDAY – Sunday at 10.00am AEST, LIVE on Nine. This week: host James Bracey is joined by Peter FitzSimons, former Australian cricket captain Mark Taylor, horse trainer Richard Freedman, former Australian netball captain Cath Cox, plus guests including former Australian tennis ace Sam Groth,

SUNDAY NRL FOOTY SHOW – LIVE from 11.00am AEST on Nine. Host Erin Molan will cover all the Round 24 action so far with Peter Sterling, Brad Fittler and Darren Lockyer, and the team cross live to retiring Cronulla legend Paul Gallen just hours before his final home game.

SUNDAY FOOTY – Canterbury Cup NSW: Blacktown Workers Sea Eagles vs Penrith Panthers, LIVE from HE Laybutt Field at 1.00pm AEST on 9Gem for NSW viewers ONLY. Hosts and commentators: Matt de Groot, Jamie Soward, Danika Mason.

SUNDAY FOOTY – Sunshine Coast Falcons vs Ipswich Jets, LIVE from Sunshine Coast Stadium at 1.00pm AEST on 9Gem for QLD viewers ONLY.  Hosts and commentators: Peter Psaltis, Scott Sattler, Adam Jackson. 

CHEMIST WAREHOUSE SUNDAY KICK OFF – LIVE from the Sydney Cricket Ground at 3.00pm AEST on Nine ahead of Chemist Warehouse Sunday Footy. A preview of the upcoming action from the best minds in the game.

CHEMIST WAREHOUSE SUNDAY FOOTY – Dragons vs Wests Tigers, LIVE from the Sydney Cricket Ground at 4.00pm AEST on Nine.  Host and commentators: James Bracey, Andrew Johns, Peter Sterling, Allana Ferguson, Brad Fittler, Darren Lockyer, Mat Thompson. 9Now camera angles available: Player cam, coach cam, match statistics.



100% FOOTY – 9.50pm AEST on Nine. 100% Footy is the home of the strongest opinions in rugby league from the people who count. Phil Gould returns with Paul Gallen, alongside Ruan Sims, journalist Andrew Webster and host James Bracey. 


Live streaming for Nine’s NRL programming available on 9Now