So, NRL stayed with 75% even in the finals. I don’t think Penrith are done by any means, though they’re probably happiest that they’re facing Paramatta. Easts have done amazingly to get this far and have a side on the field. Manly won’t be taking anything at all for granted; as well they shouldn’t.
The AFL are having a weekend off. It was a little odd that in a season where the top five teams or so seemed to be there and there abouts with each other that the two of the last four should be despatched so definitively. I think the extra week probably helps the Bulldogs more than Melbourne. Melbourne have two weeks to dwell on overwhelming favouritism in a game that none of them have played in, with the weight of history and expectation squarely on their shoulders. Hopefully (really, really) everyone stays well.
(Draws count as correct)
NRL (last round 3/4; season tally 142/196)
AFL (last round 1/2; season tally 124/206)