NRL Power Rankings: Top eight all but certain, top four anyone's guess

1.Melbourne Storm (Last Week: 3): Find themselves on top of the ladder with a solid showing against the Eels – the minor premiership is theirs to lose.

2. Sydney Roosters (1): A shock loss to Canberra, but still have a top-two spot in their own hands – a big game against Brisbane on Saturday awaits.


3. South Sydney Rabbitohs (2): Sorely need their attacking stars back as soon as possible, a makeshift backline the big difference on Thursday.

4. Cronulla Sharks (4): Have been quietly going about their business all year long and now finally people are starting to take notice – these guys are contenders.

5. Brisbane Broncos (7): Have now beaten Souths seven straight times, locking a finals spot up in the process.

6. New Zealand Warriors (6): Came up just short against the Dogs, but didn't play badly – their opponents were simply better on the day.


7. St George Illawarra Dragons (8): Shed the chokers tag – for now – with a win over the Tigers that put their top-four hopes back on track.

8. Penrith Panthers (5): An embarassing home loss as they couldn't keep their string of comeback wins alive against the Knights.

9. Wests Tigers (9): The dream is sadly over for the Tigers. Barring two losses for either the Warriors or Broncos and a huge differential swing, they'll once again miss the finals.

10. Canberra Raiders (10): A promising win on Sunday as they finally held onto a lead – can they claim back-to-back scalps of the top teams against Souths this week?

11. Newcastle Knights (13): We wrote them out of the spoon race last week, but now it's a mathematical certainty. Congratulations Newcastle fans!

12. Gold Coast Titans (15): A fantastic comeback win, and they look to have unearthed a new star in AJ Brimson.

13. Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs (14): A gutsy win against the Warriors basically ensures the spoon won't be headed to Belmore in 2018.

14. Parramatta Eels (12): Well beaten by the Storm, but have their biggest game of the season this week in the 'Spoon Bowl'.

15. Manly Sea Eagles (11): What a disastrous turnaround and a disastrous season all up for the Sea Eagles. Mad Monday can't come soon enough.

16. North Queensland Cowboys (16): Another listless performance and now they pretty much have to win on Friday to avoid sending JT out with a wooden spoon.

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