One of the league’s oldest rivalries will reignite on Saturday night when the Sydney Roosters and South Sydney Rabbitohs battle for a spot in the 2018 NRL Grand Final. This is The Roar’s guide to watching the game online and on TV.
The match is scheduled for kick-off at 7:40pm (AEST) on Saturday, September 22 at Allianz Stadium.
The Roosters booked their spot in the preliminary finals a fortnight ago when they outlasted the Sharks 21-12. After being installed as premiership favourites before a ball was kicked, Trent Robinson’s men appear to be hitting their straps at the right time.
Robinson knows the third week of the finals all too well. Since 2014, the Roosters have made it all the way to the preliminary finals three times and lost all three, including a 32-22 defeat to the Rabbitohs.
South Sydney won the premiership that year and have struggled since. Yet they finally have a chance to claim glory once more, after overcoming the Dragons 13-12 last week.
While the Rabbitohs may find it tough to topple a committed Roosters outfit, their task is made easier by the fact that Latrell Mitchell and Dylan Napa will be both be missing as they serve suspensions.
How to watch the game on TV
Fox League will have Foxtel subscribers covered with all the action from Saturday night’s game.
While Channel Nine will have exclusive rights to next week’s Grand Final, Foxtel customers can tune into Channel 502 this week to catch the second preliminary final.
Fox League will also be broadcasting the game in high definition on Channel 256, although this is only available if you have the relevant package.
Regardless, you will still need a valid Foxtel TV subscription complete with the sports package.
Free-to-air viewers can also catch Saturday night’s game. It will be available through the Nine Network in both high and standard definition on channels 90 and 91 respectively.
Channel Nine’s coverage will also be available for Foxtel customers on channels 209 and 100.
If you are hoping to watch the clash on free-to-air television, broadcast times may differ according to what regional area you are in. To make sure of times, check out your local listings on 9Go, 9Gem and Southern Cross TV.
How to watch the game online
Watching the game online is pretty easy too.
Foxtel subscribers can tune into Saturday night’s game through the online application Foxtel Now.
Alternatively, if you aren’t a Foxtel customer with a TV subscription, you can sign up for the Foxtel App. This service is not free though.
Those living outside of Australia can also catch the game through the online streaming service Watch NRL.
Another option is Channel Nine’s streaming application 9Now. It’s free to use but you will need a valid login and email to access this service.
If none of those choices appeal, you can always follow the game through the NRL Digital Pass.
Otherwise, we have your back here at The Roar with our own dedicated live blog and highlights.
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