Penrith’s top of the table clash against Melbourne will be played at Suncorp Stadium this afternoon after it was postponed yesterday.
And in a win for fans, the game will be broadcast on free-to-air TV on Channel Nine. Initially it was a Fox Sports exclusive match.
The Queensland Government has given the green light for Round 20 of the NRL to resume with no crowds after the league agreed to introduce its strictest ever biosecurity protocols.
For the duration of the Southeast Queensland lockdown, Level 4+ protocols will be implemented which include the use of one venue, daily testing of players, compulsory masks for all staff and officials not playing as well as reduced personnel at games.
“I want to personally thank Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, State Government officials, and in particular, Dr Jeannette Young for allowing us to present the most stringent biosecurity protocols which when implemented will ensure there is minimal to no risk in allowing our matches to be played with no crowds,” said ARLC Chairman, Peter V’landys.
The remainder of Round 20 will be scheduled at Suncorp Stadium as follows:
1.50pm: Knights v Raiders
4.05pm: Storm v Panthers
6.25pm: Dragons v Rabbitohs
6pm: Bulldogs v Titans
8.05pm: Sharks v Sea Eagles
Troy Dodds is the Weekender’s Managing Editor and Senior Writer. He has more than 15 years experience as a journalist, working with some of Australia’s leading media organisations.