NRL reveals revised Round 20 draw after Covid chaos kills Super Saturday-Souths 6.25pm Sunday Suncorp

NRL reveals revised Round 20 draw after Covid chaos kills Super Saturday

Staff Writers from Fox Sports
July 31st, 2021 10:20 pm
The NRL has announced a revised draw in the wake of the postponement of all of Super Saturday’s three games with a triple header set to take place at Suncorp Stadium on Sunday.

All three of Saturday’s games were postponed due to the announcement of a snap lockdown in large parts of Queensland after revelations of six new positive cases north of the Tweed.

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“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 ARL commission boss Peter V’landys.

All five games will be played behind closed doors with extra protocols including daily testing of players. Players or officials who make any breach “face being immediately removed from the competition, including being removed from the state for non-Queensland based clubs,” the NRL said in a statement.

As part of a revised draw, the NRL announced that:

– South Sydney Rabbitohs’ game with the St George Illawarra Dragons, originally scheduled to take place on Saturday in Rockhampton at 3pm, will be played on Sunday at 6.25pm at Suncorp Stadium.

– Canberra Raiders’ top-eight battle with the Newcastle Knights, originally scheduled to take place on Saturday at Suncorp Stadium at 5.30pm, will be played on Sunday at 1.50pm at Suncorp Stadium.

– Melbourne Storm’s grand final rematch with the Penrith Panthers, originally scheduled to take place on Saturday at Suncorp Stadium at 7.35pm, will be played on Sunday at 4.05pm at Suncorp Stadium.

– Sunday’s clash between Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs and the Gold Coast Titans, and Manly Sea Eagles’ match-up with the Cronulla Sharks will now be played at 6pm and 8.05pm respectively on Monday evening.

It leaves the revised schedule for Sunday and Monday 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

“Our competition will resume tomorrow with a triple header at Suncorp Stadium, followed by a double header on Monday,’’ said NRL CEO Andrew Abdo.

“This will ensure we complete Round 20 and can move to Round 21 as scheduled.

“I would like to thank the clubs, both players and officials for their flexibility, teamwork and co-operation in adjusting to the new stringent protocols and the revised schedule.

“I also wish to thank Foxtel CEO Patrick Delany and Executive Director of Fox Sports Steve Crawley for allowing the rescheduling of the Grand Final rematch as a simulcast match on both Nine and Foxtel tomorrow.”

The rearranged draw follows a chaotic 12-hour period for the NRL in which it was announced by Queensland chief health officer Jeanette Young that the most populated areas of the state would be entering a lockdown.

Currently Brisbane, Ipswich, Logan City, Moreton Bay, Redlands, Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast, Noosa, Somerset, Lockyer Valley and Scenic Rim are under lockdown until Tuesday.

It was announced during a press conference on Saturday that no sport would be played and no exemptions would be granted with immediate effect.

“There will be no football matches,” she said.

“So, no community sport, no professional sport, nothing for the next three days. Starting as of 4:00pm today.”

Souths were due to play the Dragons in Rockhampton but were forced to wait on the tarmac after they landed there, before being sent back to the Gold Coast.

St George Illawarra had been preparing to head north but were told to return to their team hotel and await further instructions.

“We didn’t know then the game wasn’t going to be going ahead, but we certainly weren’t going to the airport,” Red V coach Anthony Griffin told Fox League.

“We sat around for about an hour and waited for the NRL and eventually the game got called off.

“We’re just sitting in our hotel waiting for next instructions. It’s crazy, but we’ve got to just maintain our preparation for today.

“We could be on a plane in the morning, we just don’t know where we’re going. We had a really good prep leading up to today, we were looking forward to the game. But it is what it is. We’ve just got to rest up.”

Shortly afterwards, Newcastle’s 5.30pm clash with Canberra and Melbourne’s 7.30pm grand final rematch with Penrith were canned.

The NRL had explored the possibility of rearranging any of the three games in other parts of Australia but faced an uphill struggle to get the fixtures organised with the right broadcast, officiating and biosecurity support in place.

“Every option is on the table,” he told Fox League.

“We had communication from the Victorian government wanting to assist us. At the moment we just want to play this round, we have got to be prepared for next week.

“I am quietly confident because we’ve introduced some of the most stringent biosecurity protocols with zero risk involved but that’s got be signed off by the Queensland government.”


who would want to stare down Peter V’landys in a negotiation.

Though during this whole pandemic there’s always a right price when it comes to Queensland as the CHO herself admitted last year. Hence the fact football can go on, but Olympic athletes couldn’t get clearance to join the team training in Cairns even while AP was boasting about how well placed they were to host 2032.

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So Storm and Panthers on TV?- free to air. Good choice if so.

We know that the NRL had already prepared for the possibility of lockdowns and protocols for that eventuality had been presented to and agreed by the Qld authorities, The infections risk was satisfactorily covered.
It would appear that hadn’t happened with the Olympic athletes ?

PV vs the last flop :joy:

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Yep, the Banshee has overstepped the mark 3 times now.

First she said that the NRL was on its last warning and no more breaches would be tolerated after the Api episode came to light…it wasn’t her place to make that statement. The NRL had arrangements in place with the government and the protocols had been agreed. The NRL imposed appropriate penalties. The threat to shut the game down was never her call to make.

Next she banned the families from accessing the balconies in the quarantine hotels when there was clearly no threat to public health …as we know that was later overturned.

The big one yesterday…she specifically said ‘no football matches’ when asked the question…once again it wasn’t her place to make that statement. Once again there were agreed protocols already in place to handle lockdowns. The football is back on within the restrictions agreed in the protocols. That debacle could have and should have been avoided with a bit of consultation.

I accept that making recommendations and advising the government on matters specific to Qld health is part of her job description. It’s not her job to shoot from the hip and hastily make calls that rightly should be made by the Health minister or the appropriate authorities.


You are a RWNJ clown.
Mods - please shut this idiot down!


She has the last say regarding any public health matter she overrides ter health minister in that regard it’s been like that for years

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Completely incorrect.

A bit of research:
Dr Young is the Queensland Chief Health Officer and one of the Deputy Directors-General in the Department of Health.

The reporting structure above that is:
Director General of Health

Who in turn reports to:
The Minister of Health.

Where on earth did you read that the CMO can over rule the Minister for Health ?


Nicely articulated.

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No! He has made a point succinctly & without abusing anyone, unlike yourself.
Just he has a differing point of view to you?

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The funny thing is it is in no way a political argument. It’s about the job performance of a public servant entrusted to perform duties within his/her specific role. That person is not an elected official and therefore should be apolitical.

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What’s your opinion of the job performance of the public servant entrusted to perform their similar specific role in NSW?

Nope . He has an axe to grind with the Qld Govt and in particular the CMO. Not based on any facts, just his political opinions. As he did in the other thread.

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Well mate it’s qld legislation was done years ago after Joe left office so that health emergencies weren’t politicised I suggest u do a bit more research

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Tbh, she’s not been at the forefront of issues affecting the game so I haven’t really got a viewpoint on her.
Just to clear the air, the comments I’ve made relate to the NRL and events affecting our game. Are you aware of any similar issues with the NSW CHO ?.

Are you serious - any issues with NSW health, only 240 cases today, is that enough issues.

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Can you quote a reference or is it something you heard somewhere ?
‘Everyone knows’ isn’t a quotable reference.

Mate I agree that Gladys made the lockdown call too late, it wasn’t the CMO’s decision.
NSW dropped the ball badly.


Much as it pains me to concede Gazman’s point, he’s not entirely wrong that the Qld CHO has overstepped her remit from time to time - witness her threat to expel NRL players who breached protocol, or her comment this weekend that no sport would be played. She is, after all, a public servant, whose job is to advise the government, but the final decision rests, as it should, with our democratically elected politicians. That said, the fact that she was clearly over-ruled both times suggests that she isn’t the all-powerful czar that Gazman thinks she is.