The NRL has locked in a mini Magic Round on the Gold Coast this weekend in what will be the first round of footy since 13 teams relocated to Queensland.
On Wednesday, 12 teams made the move for a minimum of a month to escape Sydney’s Covid outbreak. The Warriors, Knights and Raiders were included in this group.
Then 24 hours later it was announced the Storm would also follow suit after a snap lockdown in Melbourne was announced.
It forced the NRL to change up locations and times of games in Round 18, that will now see five games played at Cbus Super Stadium in three days — including a double-header on Saturday.
- The Cowboys-Roosters clash at Queensland Country Bank Stadium, Townsville, has shifted from 5:30pm to 3pm on Saturday to allow the double-header to take place.
- The Raiders were originally scheduled to take on the Sharks at Cbus Super Stadium at 3pm, but that has now been moved to the 5.30pm timeslot and will be the first game of the double-header.
- Finishing off the double-header is the Storm-Knights clash at 7.30pm at Cbus Super Stadium. The Storm were meant to host the Knights at home in AAMI Park, Melbourne, until they had to make a dash to the sunshine state.