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Warriors advanced in the most complicated finals system ever!
September 19, 2008, 9:59 pm
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Although I’m not the hugest league fan, I am quickly becoming one. Watching the Warriors in the last few months striving their way to the finals has provided more excitement than the Air New Zealand Cup. The team’s exploits are the best advertisements a sport could have. One week on from taking down Melbourne, the Warriors topped that victory with a fantastic come from behind win against Sydney to win 30-13 and advance to the next round against Manly. The headlines have been priceless, “Warriors weather Storm” and “Warriors cook chooks”, so I cannot wait to see what we will be said if the Warriors beat the Sea Eagles.

So league is definitely looking good in my books (sexual assault allegations and defections aside). But what the hell is with the play off system? Does anyone understand it?

Most competitions would see, for example, the top eight advance, with one playing eight, two playing seven and so on. Higher qualifiers would have home semis. The winners advance to semi finals, with the two topped ranked playing at home to the lower rank qualifiers. The final would then be played between the two winners, the victory crowned the champion. But what is the deal with the NRL’s system?

I found this explanation on the Herald website:

HOW THE FINALS WORK
* The two highest placed winners from week one proceed directly to the third week for the preliminary finals.

* The two lowest placed losers are eliminated.

* The two other winners will host the two other losers next week in sudden death semi-finals.

So let me me get this right. Please comment if I’m wrong. (Tables courtesy of the Herald)

P W D L PD Pt
Storm 24 17 0 7 302 38
Sea Eagles 24 17 0 7 290 38
Sharks 24 17 0 7 67 38
Roosters 24 15 0 9 65 34
Broncos 24 14 1 9 108 33
Raiders 24 13 0 11 113 30
Dragons 24 13 0 11 111 30
Warriors 24 13 0 11 -65 30
Knights 24 12 0 12 30 28
Wests Tigers 24 11 0 13 -32 26
Eels 24 11 0 13 -46 26
Panthers 24 10 1 13 -107 25
Titans 24 10 0 14 -110 24
Rabbitohs 24 8 0 16 -213 20
Cowboys 24 5 0 19 -164 14
Bulldogs 24 5 0 19 -349 14

There’s the table for ’08. The top eight go through, with one playing eight and so. Now what happened?

Qualifying finals:

Roosters 16 Broncos 24 Sydney Football Stadium
Sharks 36 Raiders 10 Toyota Stadium
Sea Eagles 38 Dragons 6 Brookvale Oval
Storm 15 Warriors 18 Olympic Park

So the Warriors (8) beat the Storm (1), but the Storm get a second life for being the first placed qualifier. As lowest placed losers the Raiders (6) and the Dragons (7) are out. The Roosters get a second chance for being the second highest placed loser. As highest placed winners the Sharks and Sea Eagles go through to the preliminary finals, bypassing the semis. And somehow the Warriors got a home ground semi final, I think because they won their game and the Roosters did not, as do the Broncos against the Storm.

Semi finals

Warriors 30 v Roosters 13 Mt Smart Stadium
Broncos v Storm Suncorp Stadium

Alright. So the Warriors have just thrashed the Roosters, eliminating the Sydney based side, and will advance to the preliminary finals to play the Manly Sea Eagles. The Broncos and the Storm play tonight in Brisbane, with the winner playing in the grand final against the winner of the other preliminary final. Couldn’t be simpler!

Go the Warriors!

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