NRL fans are preparing for a blockbuster weekend of footy, in Sydney.

Both the local derbys will be held at ANZ Stadium the first, this Friday night.

Rebecca Thompson reports.


There’s excitement brewing at Penrith, but the team’s got a big job to do if they want to tackle the Doggies.

Ivan Cleary, Panthers Coach: “Bulldogs are in great form, they’ve been there and done that. We’re expecting a very tough game but really looking forward to it.”

The Panthers have defeated the Bulldogs in both outings this year.

The Roosters stormed into the Qualifying Final against the Rabbitohs following their controversial 31-30 win over the Cowboys last week.

The recently announced retirement of Rabbitohs top try-scorer Nathan Merritt will serve as extra motivation for them to take it all the way the grand final.

Meanwhile, the Gold Coast Titans will stay on the coast, but move in 2016 to new facilities at Coomera.

Rebecca Thompson, QUT News.