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BROADCAST GUIDE | NRL Blockbusters this weekend on Channel 9

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Catch the intense NRL Round 5 opener with Broncos facing Storm, live and free on Channel 9 and 9Now.

The opening match of the NRL’s Round 5 will see the Brisbane Broncos take on the Melbourne Storm in what promises to be a thrilling encounter on Thursday Night Footy, broadcast live and free across Channel 9HD and 9Now.

This clash pits two of the league’s formidable teams against each other, with the Broncos seeking to overturn their recent poor form at AAMI Park. Since 2016, the team has endured seven consecutive defeats at this venue, putting pressure on halfback Adam Reynolds to spearhead a victory against the 2023 Grand Finalists.

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The Storm, buoyed by the talents of Ryan Papenhuyzen, Jahrome Hughes, and Xavier Coates, are set to showcase their strength from 6.30pm AEST on 9Gem, with the main game airing at 7.00pm AEST on Channel 9HD. The live coverage features commentary from James Bracey, analysis by Andrew Johns, Cameron Smith, Billy Slater, and sideline updates by Danika Mason.

Friday Night Football will be hosted in Newcastle, presenting a face-off between the Knights and the Dragons, following the latter’s recent victory over Manly. Kalyn Ponga will be pivotal for the Knights as they strive to fortify their defenses. Coverage begins at 6.30pm AEST on 9Gem and continues at 7.00pm AEST on Channel 9HD, with sideline insights from Millie Elliot, Danika Mason, and Allana Ferguson.

The weekend’s action extends to Sunday Arvo Footy, where the North Queensland Cowboys will compete against the Gold Coast Titans from 3.00pm AEST in Townsville, featuring commentary from Johnathan Thurston. Prior to this, The NRL Sunday Footy Show will recap the week’s games from 10.00am AEST on 9Gem and 11.00am AEST on Channel 9HD.

100% Footy, offering in-depth analysis and the latest news, will stream live and free from 6.30pm AEST on 9Now every Monday night for the rest of the 2024 season, featuring discussions led by Phil Gould, Paul Gallen, and host James Bracey.

Broadcast Schedule Highlights

  • Thursday, April 4: STORM vs. BRONCOS at 6.30pm AEST on 9Gem and 7.00pm AEST on Channel 9HD.
  • Friday, April 5: KNIGHTS vs. DRAGONS at 6.30pm AEST on 9Gem and 7.00pm AEST on Channel 9HD.
  • Sunday, March 31: COWBOYS vs. TITANS at 3.00pm AEST on Channel 9.
  • Monday, April 8: 100% Footy at 10.00pm AEST on Channel 9HD in Brisbane.

This comprehensive schedule ensures fans won’t miss a moment of the action, available live and free across 9Now, 9Gem, and Channel 9HD.

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