History in the making
Two sides will contest the NRL Minor Premiership in the final round of the home and away season for only the second time in 38 years on Saturday night.
History will be made at AAMI Park when the first placed Storm host the second placed Sharks with the winner claiming the J.J Giltinan Shield and momentum heading into the 2016 Finals Series.
The last time the top two teams on the NRL ladder played off for the minor premiership in the final round of a season came in 2013 when the Roosters and Rabbitohs met in a blockbuster match-up at Sydney’s Allianz Stadium.
Prior to that you have to go back to 1978 when Western Suburbs eventually overcame Cronulla in a one-point thriller to write their name into the history books.
Saturday night’s meeting between Melbourne and Cronulla will just be the 10th time overall in rugby league history the competition’s top two sides will play off for the minor premiership in the final round of the regular season.
Storm will be aiming for their fifth first place finish in the last 11 years.
Final round playoffs for the Minor Premiership
1919 – Balmain v Eastern Suburbs
1927 – South Sydney v St. George
1939 – Balmain v St. George
1941 – Balmain v Newtown
1949 – South Sydney v St. George
1962 – St. George v Western Suburbs
1970 – South Sydney v Manly
1978 – Western Suburbs v Cronulla
2013 – Sydney v South Sydney