12th October 2020, 12:48 | englandrl
It was a successful weekend for England’s NRL contingent with both Canberra Raiders and South Sydney Rabbitohs progressing to the Semi-Finals of the NRL Finals Series.
Ricky Stuart’s Raiders avenged last season’s NRL Grand Final defeat to Sydney Roosters by knocking the back-to-back NRL winners out with an 18-22 victory.
Half-back George Williams was instrumental scoring and notching a try-assist in the Raiders’ win. The former Wigan star finished a flowing Canberra move from deep, scoring despite colliding with the uprights.
A clever Williams grubber kick deceived Roosters full-back James Tedesco in the second half allowing Jack Wighton to touch down. The 25-year-old has now racked up 14 assists this season.
Elliott Whitehead made more tackles than any other Raider in the victory totalling 41 defensive efforts. Fellow Englishman John Bateman wasn’t too far behind with 37 while both back-rowers ran for over 100 metres.
Canberra will now face Melbourne Storm on Friday morning for a place in the 2020 NRL Grand Final. Melbourne finished the regular season in 2nd spot – five points behind Premiers Penrith Panthers – and beat Parramatta Eels in Week One of the NRL Finals.
Tom Burgess’ South Sydney Rabbitohs joined the final four on Saturday morning with a hard-fought victory over the Eels.
Burgess featured for 48 minutes in the 24-38 victory and clocked up an impressive 151 metres from his 14 carries, including 65 metres post-contact. The prop-forward’s metre tally ranked second amongst the Rabbitohs forwards behind hooker Damien Cook.
The Rabbitohs will now battle NRL Premiers Penrith for a spot in the Grand Final on Saturday morning. The Panthers earned a narrow victory over the Roosters a fortnight ago thanks to a Nathan Cleary drop-goal to confirm their spot in the Semi-Finals.
Both NRL Semi-Finals will be broadcast live on Sky Sports.
Friday 16 October
Melbourne Storm v Canberra Raiders – Sky Sports Main Event & Arena, 9:45am
Saturday 17 October
Penrith Panthers v South Sydney Rabbitohs – Sky Sports Arena, 9:45am