New schedule for program tonight. Don’t forget to send predictions including Dally M player of the Year.







Segment 1: NRL:

·       Review NRL semis week 2

·       NRLW round 2/preview round 3 

·       Brisbane Grand Finals results

·       Snippets/news  














Segment 2 (a): Preview QLD ISC Grand Final on Sunday at Suncorp around 3.10pm with Adam Mogg, Coach Redcliffe Dolphins (same time as the NSW ISC Grand Final- Newtown v Bulldogs – Leichardt Oval)




Segment 2 (b): Interview with East Tigers CEO Brian Torpy

·       Qld Colts grand final


Segment 2 (c): Chat topic (if time): Michael Ennis plan to encourage crowds back to the finals series




Segment 3: Greg McCallum- our resident NRL expert former 1st grade referee and English Super League boss

·       English Super League: update and changes for 2019

·       Dally M winner predictions    

·       NRL: preview semis week 3


Sign off


Segment 1:  Introduction:

Big program as usual tonight as we analyse, dissect and bisect all the major rugby league news stories, grapple with the top issues from the week, talk NRL semis, NRLW – round 2, chat live with the coach of the Redcliffe Dolphins, Adam Mogg ahead of this weekend’s QLD ISC grand Final on Sunday at Suncorp, discuss the Michael Ennis proposal to bring back crowds to the NRL Finals and joined by Macca at 6.40 to look at the English Super League, our predictions for the 2018 Dally M player of the year and then his thoughts on NRL semis week 3 –all that and more here on the Grapple so let’s get started:


NRL: Semis week 2-review- now only 4 teams left /6 games- 7 field goals

Friday, September 14: First semi-final: Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 21 d Penrith Panthers 20 at Allianz Stadium  

Saturday, September 15: Second semi-final: South Sydney Rabbitohs 13 d St George 12

NRLW: Round 1: Warriors d Roosters 10-4 and Broncos d Dragons 30-4

  • Combined television audience cracked the 500,000 barrier


Round 2:

  • A five-star performance from captain Ali Brigginshaw propel the Broncos to favouritism following their 14-4 victory over the Sydney Roosters at Allianz Stadium.  Brigginshaw finished with a try, a line break, a line break assist, three tackle breaks and made 23 tackles, while also running 68 metres with the ball.
  • Brigginshaw has revealed she’s been fine-tuning her game under the tutelage of former champion playmaker Scott Prince.
  • Brisbane star recruit Teuila Fotu-Moala and centre Meg Ward scored the Broncos' two other tries but it was their defence which won them the game, holding the Roosters scoreless until the death. Prop Ruan Sims will have to undergo x-rays after playing on with a suspected broken thumb, which means she'll be in doubt for the rest of the competition and for the Jillaroos Test against the Kiwi Ferns in October 13.
  • St George Illawarra beat the Warriors 22-10 at ANZ Stadium. Honey Hireme and Jessica Sergis starred for the Red V in the must-win encounter in front of 16,274 fans.
  • The Warriors had their chances to strike back with St George Illawarra reduced to 12 players in the opening half with Keeley Davis earning the first ever sin-binning in NRLW history for a professional foul.

Final round this weekend:

  • Friday, September 21: NRLW: Brisbane Broncos v New Zealand Warriors, AAMI Park, 5.15pm EST
  • Saturday, September 22: NRLW: Sydney Roosters v St George Illawarra Dragons, Allianz Stadium, 5.10pm EST
  • Each team to play once over 3 weeks before the top 2 progress to the gf 

NRL snippets/news:

  • Cameron Smith to play on
  • To play or not to play that is the question: Sam Burgess
  • Nathan Cleary committed to the Penrith Panthers until 2023, Cameron Ciraldo to be coach of the club for at least next season after the board recently agreed for the caretaker coach to continue his tenure beyond last week's exit from the finals and the Panthers gear up to formally offer Ivan Cleary a three-year deal to return to the club and coach his son from 2021.
  • The rift between the Gold Coast Titans and Tyrone Peachey's camp seems to have gotten deeper with Peachey's manager Sam Ayoub's stunning swipe at the Titans. According to Ayoub, Peachey remains undecided on honouring his three-year deal, worsened by the fact that the Titans shopped him without his knowledge. "They offered him to another club without his knowledge, not once but twice," Ayoub said



Segment 2 (a):  Preview Qld ISC Grand Final with Adam Mogg  

Redcliffe Dolphins -

  1. Trai Fuller 2. Josh Beehag 3. Kotoni Staggs 4. Tom Opacic 5. Jeremy Hawkins 6. Bryce Donovan 7. Cameron Cullen (c) 16. Nathan Watts 9. Jake Turpin 10. Sam Anderson 14. Myles Taueli 11. Toby Rudolf 13. Jamil Hopoate 8. Nick Slyney 12. Aaron Whitchurch 15. James Taylor 17. Hugh Pratt 19. Scott Schulte 22. Tom Geraghty;

Easts Tigers- Coach: Scott Sipple

  1. Scott Drinkwater 2. Linc Port 4. Marion Seve 3. Shane Neumann 5. Conor Carey 6. Billy Walters 7. Brayden Torpy 8. Albert Vete 9. Tommy Butterfield 10. Dave Tyrrell 11. Jake Foster (c) 12. Patrick Kaufusi 13. Jack Svendsen 14. Chris Ostwald 16. Tino Fa’asuamaleaui 17. Kelma Tuilagi 20. Sam Kasiano 15. Jarred Tuite 18. Leon Ellia-Niukore;


Segment 2 (b): Brisbane Rugby League: A-Grade GF: Seagulls 28 d Dolphins 20-came from 3rd spot

Player of the Match: John Te Reo (Seagulls) 
Results – curtain-raiser matches: Reserve Grade: Beenleigh Pride 18 def West Brisbane Panthers 16; Under 21: St Brendan’s 26 def Capalaba 24

RLB Junior Finals Series: Congratulations to all the winners in the various grand finals last weekend as well. 

Segment 2 (c): 6.35-6.38: Chat Topic: Michael Ennis plan

·       THE NRL needs to return to letting suburban grounds host finals, to fix the dwindling crowd numbers. That is the opinion of League expert Michael Ennis, who doesn’t have a problem with fans missing out on tickets. “I like locking fans out,” Ennis said.


Segment 3: Macca:

English Super League:

  • St Helens lifted the League Leaders’ Shield for the sixth time in the Super League era. The League Leaders' Shield is a trophy awarded to the team finishing the season top of Super League.
  • The Million Pound Game will be played on Sunday October 7. The play-off game between 4thand 5th in the Qualifiers will be played at the home ground of the 4thplaced club as the teams go head to head to claim the 12th place in the Betfred Super League for the 2019 season. As things currently stand the Million Pound Game could be played in either England, France or Canada.  The tie however will be scrapped as part of the Super 8s and Qualifiers reshuffle from next season in which the new Super League structure for 2019 which guarantees one-up, one-down promotion and relegation in a 12-team competition after clubs voted to ditch the super 8’s and revert to the conventional 'one-up, one-down' system of promotion and relegation- 12 teams playing each other home and away, plus 6 rounds of additional fixtures and the Magic Weekend – 14 home games each with fans knowing who they will play every weekend.
  • 2 rounds of Super 8’s to go:  



St Helens











Wigan Warriors











Castleford Tigers











Warrington Wolves









2018 Dally M Player of the Year: At time of going behind closed doors round 12:

James Maloney- 17; Kayln Ponga, Andrew Fifita and Luke Brooks- 16; Roger Tuivasa-Sheck- 15

But Rabbitohs hooker Damien Cook has been outstanding over the past couple of months and would've polled many votes, lifting him into contention. And who knows, Cam Smith could still go back-to-back this year.

Week 3, NRL Telstra Premiership Finals Series 2018

Friday, September 21: Preliminary final: Melbourne Storm v Sharks at AAMI Park, 7.40pm

Saturday, September 22: Preliminary final: Sydney Roosters v Rabbits at Allianz Stadium, 7.40pm – will the ground be big enough for the oldest rivalry in rugby league?

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