Discussion in 'General Rugby League' started by rhugh89, Nov 24, 2016.
The draw will be announced this morning, It will be posted here as soon as possible
Thursday, March 2
Sharks v Broncos, Southern Cross Group Stadium, 8.05pm
Friday, March 3
Bulldogs v Storm, Belmore Stadium, 6pm
Rabbitohs v Wests Tigers, ANZ Stadium, 8:05pm
Saturday, March 4
Dragons v Panthers, UOW Jubilee Oval, 4.30pm
Cowboys v Raiders, 1300Smiles Stadium, 7pm
Titans v Roosters, CBus Super Stadium, 9pm
Sunday, March 5
Warriors v Knights, Mt Smart Stadium, 2pm
Sea Eagles v Eels, Brookvale Oval, 4pm
Thursday, March 9
Roosters v Bulldogs, Allianz Stadium, 8.05pm
Friday, March 10
Warriors v Storm, Mt Smart Stadium, 6pm
Broncos v Cowboys, Suncorp Stadium, 8.05pm
Saturday, March 11
Knights vs. Titans, McDonald Jones Stadium, 3pm
Sea Eagles v Rabbitohs, Brookvale Oval, 5.30pm
Raiders v Sharks, GIO Stadium, 7.30pm
Sunday, March 12
Wests Tigers v Panthers, Campbelltown Stadium, 4pm
Dragons v Eels, WIN Stadium, 6:30pm
Thursday, March 16
Storm v Broncos, AAMI Park, 8:05pm
Friday, March 17
Bulldogs v Warriors, Forsyth Barr Stadium, 6pm
Titans v Eels, CBus Super Stadium, 8:05pm
Saturday, March 18
Knights v Rabbitohs, McDonald Jones Stadium, 4.30pm
Panthers v Roosters, Pepper Stadium 7pm
Cowboys v Sea Eagles, 1300Smiles Stadium, 9pm
Sunday, March 19
Raiders v Wests Tigers, GIO Stadium, 4pm
Sharks v Dragons, Southern Cross Group Stadium, 6.30pm
Thursday, March 23
Rabbitohs v Roosters, ANZ Stadium, 8:05pm
Friday, March 24
Panthers v Knights, Pepper Stadium, 6pm
Broncos v Raiders, Suncorp Stadium, 8.05pm
Saturday, March 25
Sea Eagles v Bulldogs, Brookvale Oval, 4:30pm
Eels v Sharks, ANZ Stadium, 7pm
Titans v Cowboys, CBus Super Stadium, 9pm
Sunday, March 26
Wests Tigers v Storm, Leichhardt Oval, 4pm
Dragons v Warriors, UOW Jubilee Oval, 6.30pm
Thursday, March 30
Bulldogs v Broncos, ANZ Stadium, 8:05pm
Friday, March 31
Roosters v Sea Eagles, Allianz Stadium, 6pm
Cowboys v Rabbitohs, 1300Smiles Stadium, 8.05pm
Saturday, April 1
Sharks v Knights, Southern Cross Group Stadium, 3pm
Raiders v Eels, GIO Stadium, 5:30pm
Storm v Panthers, AAMI Park, 7.30pm
Sunday, April 2
Warriors v Titans, Mt Smart Stadium, 2pm
Wests Tigers v Dragons, ANZ Stadium, 4pm
Thursday, April 6
Broncos v Roosters, Suncorp Stadium, 7.50pm
Friday, April 7
Knights v Bulldogs, McDonald Jones Stadium, 6pm
Panthers v Rabbitohs, Pepper Stadium, 7.50pm
Saturday, April 8
Sea Eagles v Dragons, Brookvale Oval, 3pm
Titans Raiders, CBus Super Stadium, 5.30pm
Cowboys v Wests Tigers, 1300Smiles Stadium, 7.30pm
Sunday, April 9
Warriors v Eels, Mt Smart Stadium, 2pm
Storm v Sharks, AAMI Park, 4pm
Friday, April 14
Bulldogs v Rabbitohs, ANZ Stadium, 4pm
Knights v Roosters, McDonald Jones Stadium, 6pm
Broncos v Titans, Suncorp Stadium, 7.50pm
Saturday, April 15
Sea Eagles v Storm, Brookvale Oval, 3pm
Raiders v Warriors, GIO Stadium, 5.30pm
Dragons vs. Cowboys, WIN Stadium, 7.30pm
Sunday, April 16
Panthers v Sharks, Pepper Stadium, 4pm
Monday, April 17
Eels v Wests Tigers, ANZ Stadium, 4pm
Friday, April 21
Raiders v Sea Eagles, GIO Stadium, 6pm
Rabbitohs v Broncos, ANZ Stadium, 7.50pm
Saturday, April 22
Eels v Panthers, ANZ Stadium, 3pm
Cowboys v Knights, 1300Smiles Stadium, 5.30pm
Sharks v Titans, Southern Cross Group Stadium, 7.30pm
Sunday, April 23
Wests Tigers v Bulldogs, ANZ Stadium, 4pm
Tuesday, April 25
Roosters v Dragons, Allianz Stadium, 4pm
Storm v Warriors, AAMI Park, 7pm
Thursday, April 27
Broncos v Panthers, Suncorp Stadium, 7.50pm
Friday, April 28
Rabbitohs v Sea Eagles, Allianz Stadium, 6pm
Cowboys v Eels, 1300Smiles Stadium, 7.50pm
Saturday, April 29
Titans v Knights, CBus Super Stadium, 3pm
Bulldogs v Raiders, ANZ Stadium, 5.30pm
Wests Tigers v Sharks, Leichhardt Oval, 7.30pm
Sunday, April 30
Warriors v Roosters, Mt Smart Stadium, 2pm
Dragons v Storm, WIN Stadium, 4pm
Thursday, May 11
Bulldogs v Cowboys, ANZ Stadium, 7.50pm
Friday, May 12
Dragons v Sharks, UOW Jubilee Oval, 6pm
Tigers v Rabbitohs, ANZ Stadium, 7.50pm
Saturday, May 13
Panthers v Warriors, Pepper Stadium, 3pm
Storm v Titans, Suncorp Stadium, 5.30pm
Sea Eagles v Broncos, Suncorp Stadium, 7.50pm
Sunday, May 14
Knights v Raiders, McDonald Jones Stadium, 2pm
Roosters v Eels, Allianz Stadium, 4pm
Thursday, May 18
Sharks v Cowboys, Southern Cross Group Stadium, 7.50pm
Friday, May 19
Warriors v Dragons, FMG Stadium, Waikato, 6pm
Broncos v Tigers, Suncorp Stadium, 7.50pm
Saturday, May 20
Titans v Sea Eagles, CBus Super Stadium, 5.30pm
Eels v Raiders, ANZ Stadium, 7.30pm
Sunday, May 21
Knights v Panthers, McDonald Jones Stadium, 2pm
Bulldogs v Roosters, ANZ Stadium, 4pm
Rabbitohs v Storm, NIB Stadium, 6.30pm
Friday, May 26
Rabbitohs v Eels, ANZ Stadium, 7.50pm
Saturday, May 27
Warriors v Broncos, Mt Smart Stadium, 5.30pm
Sharks v Bulldogs, Southern Cross Group Stadium, 7.30pm
Sunday, May 28
Raiders v Roosters, GIO Stadium, 4pm
Byes: Cowboys, Dragons, Knights, Panthers, Sea Eagles, Storm, Wests Tigers, Titans
Friday, June 2
Storm v Knights, AAMI Park, 6pm
Eels v Warriors, ANZ Stadium, 7.50pm
Saturday, June 3
Dragons v Wests Tigers, ANZ Stadium, 3pm
Roosters v Broncos, Allianz Stadium, 5.30pm
Cowboys v Titans, 1300Smiles Stadium, 7.30pm
Sunday, June 4
Sea Eagles v Raiders, Brookvale Oval, 2pm
Bulldogs v Panthers, ANZ Stadium, 4pm
Byes: Rabbitohs, Sharks
Thursday, June 8
Sharks v Storm, Southern Cross Group Stadium, 7.50pm
Friday, June 9
Sea Eagles v Knights, Brookvale Oval, 6pm
Broncos v Rabbitohs, Suncorp Stadium, 7.50pm
Saturday, June 10
Titans v Warriors, CBus Super Stadium, 3pm
Panthers v Raiders, Carrington Park, 5.30pm
Eels v Cowboys, TIO Stadium, 7.30pm
Sunday, June 11
Tigers v Roosters, Campbelltown Stadium, 4pm
Monday, June 12
Bulldogs v Dragons, ANZ Stadium, 4pm
Friday, June 16
Rabbitohs v Titans, ANZ Stadium, 7.50pm
Saturday, June 17
Storm v Cowboys, AAMI Park, 5.30pm
Sharks v Wests Tigers, Southern Cross Group Stadium, 7.30pm
Sunday, June 18
Eels v Dragons, ANZ Stadium, 4pm
Byes: Broncos, Bulldogs, Knights, Panthers, Raiders, Roosters, Sea Eagles, Warriors
Friday, June 23
Warriors v Bulldogs, Mt Smart Stadium, 6pm
Wests Tigers v Titans, Campbelltown Stadium, 7.50pm
Saturday, June 24
Cowboys v Panthers, 1300Smiles Stadium, 3pm
Raiders v Broncos, GIO Stadium, 5.30pm
Roosters v Storm, Adelaide Oval, 7.30pm
Sunday, June 25
Dragons v Knights, UOW Jubilee Oval, 2pm
Sharks v Sea Eagles, Southern Cross Group Stadium, 4pm
Byes: Eels, Rabbitohs
Thursday, June 29
Eels v Bulldogs, ANZ Stadium, 7.50pm
Friday, June 30
Titans v Dragons, CBus Super Stadium, 6pm
Broncos v Storm, Suncorp Stadium, 7.50pm
Saturday, July 1
Roosters v Sharks, Central Coast Stadium, 3pm
Sea Eagles v Warriors, NIB Stadium, 5.30pm
Raiders v Cowboys, GIO Stadium, 7.30pm
Sunday, July 2
Knights v Tigers, McDonald Jones Stadium, 2pm
Rabbitohs v Panthers, ANZ Stadium, 4pm
Friday, July 7
Roosters v Rabbitohs, Allianz Stadium, 7.50pm
Saturday, July 8
Panthers v Sea Eagles, Pepper Stadium, 5.30pm
Storm v Eels, AAMI Park, 7.30pm
Sunday, July 9
Bulldogs v Knights, Belmore Stadium, 4pm
Byes: Broncos, Cowboys, Dragons, Raiders, Sharks, Wests Tigers, Titans, Warriors
Friday, July 14
Warriors v Panthers, Mt Smart Stadium, 6pm
Raiders v Dragons, GIO Stadium, 7.50pm
Saturday, July 15
Knights v Broncos, McDonald Jones Stadium, 5.30pm
Titans v Sharks, CBus Super Stadium, 7.30pm
Sunday, July 16
Sea Eagles v Wests Tigers, Brookvale Oval, 2pm
Rabbitohs v Cowboys, Cairns Stadium, 4pm
Byes: Bulldogs, Eels, Roosters, Storm
Thursday, July 20
Broncos v Bulldogs, Suncorp Stadium, 7.50pm
Friday, July 21
Roosters v Knights, Allianz Stadium, 6pm
Sharks v Rabbitohs, Southern Cross Group Stadium, 7.50pm
Saturday, July 22
Panthers v Titans, Pepper Stadium, 3pm
Raiders v Storm, GIO Stadium, 5.30pm
Cowboys v Warriors, 1300Smiles Stadium, 7.30pm
Sunday, July 23
Dragons v Sea Eagles, WIN Stadium, 2pm
Wests Tigers v Eels, ANZ Stadium, 4pm
Warriors v Sharks, Mt Smart Stadium
Knights v Dragons, McDonald Jones Stadium
Rabbitohs v Raiders, ANZ Stadium
Roosters v Cowboys, Allianz Stadium
Storm v Sea Eagles, AAMI Park
Panthers v Bulldogs, Pepper Stadium
Eels v Broncos, ANZ Stadium
Titans v Tigers, CBus Super Stadium
Dragons v Rabbitohs, Sydney Cricket Ground
Knights v Warriors, McDonald Jones Stadium
Titans v Broncos, CBus Super Stadium
Sharks v Raiders, Southern Cross Group Stadium
Sea Eagles v Roosters, Brookvale Oval
Bulldogs v Eels, ANZ Stadium
Cowboys v Storm, 1300Smiles Stadium
Panthers v Tigers, Pepper Stadium
Eels v Knights, ANZ Stadium
Dragons v Titans, UOW Jubilee Oval
Storm v Roosters, AAMI Park
Panthers v Cowboys, Pepper Stadium
Warriors v Raiders, Mt Smart Stadium
Rabbitohs v Bulldogs, ANZ Stadium
Broncos v Sharks, Suncorp Stadium
Tigers v Sea Eagles, Leichhardt Oval
Rabbitohs v Warriors, ANZ Stadium
Knights v Storm, McDonald Jones Stadium
Roosters v Tigers, Allianz Stadium
Cowboys v Sharks, 1300Smiles Stadium
Raiders v Panthers, GIO Stadium
Eels v Titans, ANZ Stadium
Broncos v Dragons, Suncorp Stadium
Bulldogs v Sea Eagles, ANZ Stadium
Raiders v Knights, GIO Stadium
Warriors v Sea Eagles, Mt Smart Stadium
Sharks v Roosters, Southern Cross Group Stadium
Storm v Rabbitohs, AAMI Park
Panthers v Dragons, Pepper Stadium
Broncos v Eels, Suncorp Stadium
Tigers v Cowboys, Campbelltown Stadium
Titans v Bulldogs, CBus Super Stadium
Roosters v Titans, Allianz Stadium
Sea Eagles vs. Panthers, Brookvale Oval
Storm v Raiders, AAMI Park
Knights v Sharks, McDonald Jones Stadium
Tigers v Warriors, Leichhardt Oval
Cowboys v Broncos, 1300Smiles Stadium
Eels v Rabbitohs, ANZ Stadium
Dragons v Bulldogs, ANZ Stadium
Very tough draw for us, but I believe we will win more than 1 match all season next year.
I've seen nicer draws!
How tough is your team's draw?
Thu 24 Nov, 2016, 11:04am
By Dominic Brock, Production Editor , NRL.com
There is no easy draw in the NRL Telstra Premiership – but some are arguably harder than others.
NRL.com have analysed the fixture list of all 16 clubs for the 2017 season to come up with a "toughness" rating for each team's draw.
Here's how it works: we've ranked each opponent based on their 2016 finish – minor premiers Melbourne being worth 16 points, while wooden spooners Newcastle are worth one point.
Then we've used those numbers to analyse each club's draw.
More games against tough opponents will lead to a high "toughness" score, while more games against weaker opponents will lead to a low score.
Of course, player movements mean teams change each year – some get better, some get worse – so we've also run the numbers based on 2017 premiership betting.
We've then combined those two sets of numbers to come up with a toughness ranking for all 16 fixture lists.
These rankings don't take into account every factor in what makes a "tough" draw. Some teams will travel more than others (the Warriors, Cowboys and Storm will always travel much more than the league's Sydney-based teams, for example).
Some teams will play a string of games at home or away, or face strong teams during the State of Origin period.
The amount of time between games is another factor this system ignores.
Still, for a quick snapshot, here's how each club's draw is ranked – from toughest to easiest – in 2017.
1. Rabbitohs (168 points)
2. Cowboys (164)
3. Knights (162)
4. Raiders (155)
5. Sharks (145)
6. Warriors (145)
7. Dragons (139)
8. Titans (137)
9. Panthers (137)
10. Sea Eagles (132)
11. Wests Tigers (130)
12. Roosters (128)
13. Storm (123)
14. Broncos (119)
15. Eels (115)
16. Bulldogs (110)
The toughest draw belongs to the South Sydney Rabbitohs, who rank at the top of the list both according to 2016 rankings and to 2017 premiership betting.
They play premiership contenders the Storm, Cowboys, Broncos and Panthers twice each, with only a single game against lower-ranked clubs like Newcastle and St George Illawarra.
By contrast, the Bulldogs only play nine of their 24 matches against teams that played finals football in 2016, and will be forced to face premiership heavyweights Melbourne, Canberra and Cronulla just once each.
The Eels meanwhile have the "easiest" draw according to the current premiership betting odds, with two games each against the three least fancied NRL clubs (the Knights, Dragons and Wests Tigers).
Does a difficult draw matter? Yes and no.
Sure, playing a tougher run of opponents could make a difference for teams vying to clinch a finals spot who are on the edge of the top eight.
On the other hand, teams that do make the finals will arguably be more battle-hardened if they've got there by beating the best of the best on a regular basis.
There's much more to the NRL draw than the quality of opposition teams though.
What a decent draw, we haven't had this many Friday night games in my memory which is great! And a few Sunday 4 pm games too.
And we have two byes over origins and the thurs week we play Broncos who will be without a bunch of players.
Not a bad draw
Most of your Friday night games are the guinea pig timeslot of 6pm where I bet majority of clubs would of requested to not be slotted in that game. Probably won't do crowd numbers any good compared to a normal Friday night kick off time.
Do we know if they are on FTA or Fox those games?
Highly doubt FTA unless 9 and the NRL have used their brains to get them put on GEM or GO as the news would be on that time but every game is shown live on Fox regardless anyway.
isnt the friday 6pm slot used to replace the monday night games. In that case it should now be foxsports timeslot.
2017 NRL draw a hit for Knights
Thu 24th November, 11:15AM
For it’s 30th season on the Sacred Ground of McDonald Jones Stadium, the nib Newcastle Knights has an exciting schedule of games guaranteed to excite fans.
Following the official announcement of the 2017 NRL season’s first 20 rounds, it has been revealed that the Club will take on the Sydney Roosters on Good Friday, host three of last year’s top four teams, plus round out the home season by playing reigning premiers the Cronulla Sharks on Old Boys Day.
McDonald Jones Stadium will also host the South Sydney Rabbitohs in Round 3 and the Brisbane Broncos on a Saturday evening in Round 19.
“Matches against these clubs always draw strong attendances, and we are delighted to have the 2016 premiers playing in Newcastle on Old Boys Day,” Chief Operating Officer Wendy Carmichael said.
“We will build an entertaining game day experience around this draw which will engage and reward our fans.” Carmichael added.
Of the 12 matches scheduled for McDonald Jones Stadium in 2017, seven will be against teams that made it into the finals last year.
Three matches will be played on Saturday, three on Sunday and two on a Friday, one of those falling on the Good Friday public holiday.
From a football point of view, CEO Matt Gidley said the 2017 draw benefits the players as well.
“As a player you want to test yourself against the best the game has to offer in front of your own fans, and our draw certainly provides that,” Gidley explained.
In addition to the Sharks, Rabbitohs, Broncos and Roosters, the Knights will also host the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs in Round 6 and an entertaining Penrith Panthers side in Round 11.
The schedule is family friendly with a number of weekend afternoon games, and the two Friday evening games will be a must for all Knights fans.
“We’re excited about the season ahead and the Club has made some strong signings this off-season,” Gidley said.
“With the first 20 rounds of the draw finalised, we look forward to sharing 2017 and our 30th year with our fans, Members, corporate partners and sponsors.”
Knights Members and fans, you can now sync the draw to your calendar to ensure you never miss a minute of the action by clicking HERE.
Become a 2017 Member HERE.
Secure 2017 Corporate Hospitality HERE.
Bugger was excited at all the Friday games we had an the exposure helping us sponsors wise. ALAS!
When I saw all those Friday night games, I knew there had to be something wrong.
Yeah I realised after I posted that Friday 6pm games are on fox, but at least we have consistent turn overs!
Also, didn't know we changed our stadium name...maybe I did and I forgot, either way I liked hunter better
Brown analyses 2017 draw
Thu 24th November, 04:19PM
With the 2017 draw now locked in, Knights TV sat down with coach Nathan Brown to discuss the challenges and opportunities that next year will throw up.
Brown’s first impressions
“I think it’s exciting,” Brown said of next year’s fixtures.
“But with the draw at this stage there may be sides that did really well last year but won’t do so well next year, and vice versa.”
With the Knights playing six of last year’s top eight twice, the draw looks like a tough assignment at first.
But the fortunes of different teams shift from year to year, and Brown says it’s a hard task to predict who will be finishing in the top eight at this early stage.
“Sometimes it is hard to get a gauge early on of who’s going to be a top eight side, and who’s not,” he explained.
“But what we do know in the NRL these days is that every game is a hard game.”
On the start of the season
First up in 2017, the Knights will be jetting off to New Zealand to take on the Warriors.
It’s a tough first assignment, but Brown sees it as a good opportunity for the young team to show how they’ve developed over the pre-season.
“I think it’s a great opportunity to be honest with you,” he said.
“I’m sure there will be a big crowd and the Warriors obviously have a very strong team.
“To go over there and start the season I think will be a really good opportunity for our squad to show signs that we’ve made a big improvement.”
On the four home games in six weeks following Round 1
Following the Round 1 away match in Auckland, the red and blues will play four of their next six games at McDonald Jones Stadium.
That will provide Knights fans and early opportunity to support their team, and Brown says the team wants to repay the faith shown last year.
“With the loyalty that the fans showed last year, we’d love all of our home performances to be good,” he said.
“We want to reward the fans that showed faith last year, and again we want to put down a marker that we have improved.”
On hosting the reigning premiers on Old Boys Day
At the other end of the season, the Knights will be hosting the Cronulla Sharks on Old Boys Day in Round 26.
This is sure to be one of the must-see matches of the season, as Brown’s young team takes on 2016’s premiers.
“The fact that Cronulla are premiers probably adds a little bit to it,” Brown said.
“Obviously as a player I came here a lot, and Old Boys Day is always a big day in Newcastle.
“The fact that it’s against the Sharks next year is a bonus.”
On how the new signings will help shape the squad
The recruitment of Jamie Buhrer, Rory Kostjasyn, Ken Sio and Josh Starling provides some good depth and quality experience, with the four players bringing nearly 400 games of NRL experience to the Club.
Brown says they have already had a big impact on the 2017 pre-season, and thinks they will accelerate the development of the team.
“The new signings, in particular the ones that have had their fair share of experience, have brought a lot to the table,” he said.
“Not only experience out on the paddock, but in amongst video sessions and individual development.
“Those players brought to the Club were brought for more than just their experience on the field, and they’re going to help the young guys develop.”
Talk about kicking us while we're down.
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