Finals Week One Scenario
The Bulldogs are set to take on the Penrith Panthers on Sunday, September 11 at 4.10pm at Allianz Stadium.
The second elimination final will see sixth play seventh in an all-Sydney derby.
The Bulldogs will head into the Telstra Premiership finals series on the back of three straight losses after going down to a resurgent South Sydney side 28-10 in Round 26, while the Panthers will head into the Sydney showdown thanks to five straight victories and their only loss in the last eight matches came in golden point away to New Zealand.
The two sides only met once this year in Round 2 with the Bulldogs stealing a victory at the death, with debutant Kerrod Holland nailing a conversion after the siren to give the Bulldogs an 18-16 victory.
Will Hopoate will miss the game on religious grounds, but it is likely that Brett Morris will shift to fullback.
Throw the form guide out the window, because the Bulldogs perform well in big games, while the Panthers will be looking to their youngsters to ignite at Allianz Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
The equation is simple, the winner will advance to week two of the finals series and play a semi-final against either the Sharks or the Raiders and for the loser, it’s season over.
Fans will be able to attend NRL Telstra Premiership Finals Series matches from $20 for members and $25 for the general public.
All finals matches will include pyrotechnic shows, roving fan engagement and live entertainment, continuing the #historyhappens theming.
Tickets went on sale to Ticketed Club Members at 10am today (September 5), and non-ticketed members and nrl.com members at 4pm today.
Finals Series tickets will be on sale to the general public at 10am on Tuesday (September 6) at www.nrl.com/tickets.
Gates Open: 11am
Holden Cup: (6) Wests Tigers v (7) Parramatta Eels, 11.10am
Holden Cup: (1) Penrith Panthers v (4) Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks, 1.30pm
NRL: (6) Penrith Panthers v (7) Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs, 4.10pm
Last 10 Meetings:
2016, Round 2: Bulldogs 18 Panthers 16
2015, Round 15: Bulldogs 24 Panthers 12 | Round 1: Panthers 24 Bulldogs 18
2014, Prelim Final: Bulldogs 18 Panthers 12 | Round 21: Panthers 22 Bulldogs 16 | Round 3: Panthers 18 Bulldogs 16.
2013, Round 25: Bulldogs 34 Panthers 14
2012, Round 1: Bulldogs 22 Panthers 14
2011, Round 17: Panthers 20 Bulldogs 6
2010, Round 25: Panthers 24 Bulldogs 16
Finals Record v Penrith Panthers:
Played 3, Win 2, Lost 1
1997 (Super League) Semi Final - Panthers 15 Bulldogs 14
2004 Preliminary Final - Bulldogs 30 Panthers 14
2014 Preliminary Final - Bulldogs 18 Panthers 12
Bulldogs Record at Allianz Stadium/Sydney Football Stadium:
Played 66, Win 41, Drew 1, Lost 24