NRL Power Rankings: Top teams nearly stumble, Eels start to stir

1. Penrith Panthers (Last Week: 1): Worked hard late in the contest to see off a depleted Canberra team by a single point – not pretty, but they got the job done.

2. South Sydney Rabbitohs (2): Speaking of not pretty, the Bunnies were equally flat against the Titans but also did enough to pull out a close win.

The Panthers retain their spot at the top of our NRL power rankings.

The Panthers retain their spot at the top of our NRL power rankings.

3. St George Illawarra Dragons (3): And let's go for the hat trick – the Saints held on late against their rivals the Bulldogs as the top three won by a combined five points.

4. Melbourne Storm (4): Pulled away from the Broncos in the second half and look to be on track to be right around the top four at season's end.

5. New Zealand Warriors (5): Flattened the Sea Eagles and this is the time of year where the Warriors really thrive – will the Denver test disrupt their rhythm?

6. Cronulla Sharks (6): Came from behind to overrun the Tigers late on, another team that could be primed for a strong second half surge.

7. Sydney Roosters (8): Just did enough against the Knights, and are quietly lurking just outside the top four.

8. Brisbane Broncos (7): Well beaten in Melbourne, and are really struggling for cohesion and organisation. Still haven't worked out their best halves pairing.

9. Canberra Raiders (10): Another game, another heartbreaking late loss for the Raiders. Their fans have suffered more in the last couple of years than anyone should in one lifetime.

10. Wests Tigers (9): Starting to slow down now as Ivan Cleary continues to chop and change his backline each week in the search for more points.

11. Newcastle Knights (12): Ripped in against the Roosters and nearly came away with the two points – could shock a few sides when Mitchell Pearce returns.

12. North Queensland Cowboys (11): Easily beaten by Parramatta in Darwin before a couple of late tries gave the scoreline some respectibility.

13. Gold Coast Titans (14): Unlucky to lose against the Rabbitohs as their poor season continues – some bright sparks for the future, though.

14. Manly Sea Eagles (13): A big loss on the field, and off-field drama continuing to rear its head as well. Not looking good at all on the northern beaches.

15. Parramatta Eels (16): A much more solid performance this week, with Jarryd Hayne putting in his best shift of the year.

16. Canterbury Bankstown-Bulldogs (15): Worked really hard against the Dragons but still came up short and still struggling to find points in attack.

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