THE GAMES THAT WILL SHAPE THE NRL’S FINAL EIGHT
Cronulla v Canberra, Southern Cross Group Stadium, Saturday, August 6
A win here will edge the Raiders closer to a top-four spot, something few would have considered possible at the start of the season.
Wests Tigers v North Queensland, Leichhardt Oval, Sunday, August 7
Always hard to beat at their spiritual home, a win over the premiers could give the Tigers the momentum they need to progress.
Canterbury v Manly, ANZ Stadium, Thursday, August 11
This shapes as a do-or-die clash for Manly in their late finals charge.
Canberra v Melbourne, GIO Stadium, Monday, August 15
If the Raiders can win this they will not only convince themselves but others of their status as genuine premiership contenders.
Brisbane v Canterbury, Suncorp Stadium, Thursday, August 18
One of these side’s top four hopes could be dead after this game.
Penrith v Wests Tigers, Pepper Stadium, Friday, August 19
One of these side’s top eight hopes could be dead after this game.
Canterbury v North Queensland, Belmore Sports Ground, Thursday, August 25
After their 36-0 thrashing to the Cowboys two rounds ago, the Bulldogs will need a much-improved showing here just two weeks out from the finals.
Melbourne v Brisbane, AAMI Park, Friday, August 26
Perennial contenders the Storm and the Broncos know how to be playing their best football at the right time of the year.
North Queensland v Gold Coast, 1300 Smiles Stadium, Saturday, September 3
If all three Queensland teams qualify for the finals, Maroons fans will have something else to cheer about. A win here and the Titans will likely be in.
Melbourne v Cronulla, AAMI Park, Saturday, September 3
This is shaping as a dream final-round clash for the minor premiership.