What Happened In The Second Week Of The NRL Finals?

If you thought you were going to get a nice, relaxing weekend of NRL footy, you were wrong! The NRL served up some more nail biting matches as we found out who will be playing for a spot in the Grand Final. 

It started on Friday night with the Roosters playing the North Queensland Cowboys. The Roosters got out to a big lead as they were far too good for the Cowboys in the opening period of the game. The big forwards for the Roosters rolled through the middle of the field which let halves Mitchell Pearce and James Maloney do what they wanted. The Roosters got out to a 30 point lead, but then, as they have done a few times this season they switched off.

Switching off in the NRL is a bad idea, especially when you are playing against Jonathan Thurston. Thurston was the key man for the Cowboys and he along with the rest of his team mates fought their way back in the second half and eventually tied the game at 30-30. It was James Maloney who was the magic man for the Roosters as he kicked the winning field goal to give the Roosters a 1 point victory.

On Saturday, the Bulldogs and Manly Sea Eagles went to war. The Doggies played like the Roosters, they dominated the first half with their big forwards and skillful outside backs doing a great job. James Graham was at his best as he set up a try and Tim Lafai was hard to handle out in the centres. However, the Sea Eagles stayed in the match and didn't let the Dogs get out to a big lead. Like all Manly teams, they stuck in there and worked hard and somehow drew level with the Dogs at 17-17 thanks to two field goals.

Josh Reynolds cheekily kicked the ball in to the referee which gave the Bulldogs another set of six and Trent Hodkinson did the rest, kicking a field goal to give the Doggies a 18-17 win.

This means that the Roosters and Rabbitohs will play each other on Friday night while the Bulldogs and Panthers will play on Saturday. Two massive games of footy, who are you picking to win?