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Minor premiers await premiers as finals line-up confirmed

A blockbuster between minor premiers Penrith and back-to-back premiers the Sydney Roosters at Panthers Stadium headlines the opening week of the 2020 NRL finals.

The match-ups are locked in after Saturday's slate of games with only the scheduling of the four fixtures across next weekend still to be revealed.

The Wests Tigers threatened to throw a late cat amongst the pigeons when they led Parramatta with 24 minutes to play as a loss would have dropped the Eels to fifth and denied them a double chance.

But order was restored and Eels' win lifted them over the Roosters and into a clash with second-placed Melbourne Storm at Suncorp Stadium.

The fourth-placed Roosters, reeling from a shock 52-point flogging at the hands of South Sydney on Friday, must find a way to get back on track against a Penrith riding high on a 15-game winning streak. 

Match Highlights: Wests Tigers v Eels

In the elimination finals the Raiders (5th) will host Cronulla (8th) at GIO Stadium in a rematch of their round 20 clash, albeit with full-strength line-ups, while the red-hot Rabbitohs (6th) will welcome the Knights (7th) to ANZ Stadium.

The Sharks limped into the finals without beating a top-eight side all season while the Raiders will welcome back a number of their stars who were rested on Saturday.

The NRL will officially announce venues and kick-off times at the end of the round after Sunday’s games.

Match Highlights: Rabbitohs v Roosters

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