Ladder Predictions: Where will YOUR team finish?
The last week of the regular season could be set to keep nervous fans and players on the edge of their seats until the final siren of Sunday night’s game between the Dragons and Rabbitohs.<br><br>While Friday night’s clash at Suncorp Stadium between the Broncos and the Raiders is widely regarded as an 8th place play-off, Rabbitohs fans will be riding the Broncos all the way.<br><br>If the Broncos can bounce back from their heavy defeat in New Zealand and overcome the high flying Raiders – South Sydney could sneak past both of them with an upset win over the Dragons at Win Jubilee Oval.<br><br>The Sea Eagles are the other team who could drop out of the top eight if they are beaten by the Bulldogs at Fortress Brookvale. <br><br>NRL.com has crunched the numbers and has tried to simplify the finals scenarios for you – from one extreme to the other!<br><br>But don’t take our word for it, get on to our <b><a href="http://www.nrl.com/telstrapremiership/ladderpredictor/tabid/10868/default.aspx">Bailey Ladder Predictor</a></b> and see where YOU think teams will finish the 2010 season!<br><br><b>St George Illawarra Dragons</b><br>Games: Rabbitohs (h)<br>Best case: Minor Premiers.<br>Worst Case: Minor Premiers.<br>Likely: Regardless of the result against the Rabbitohs on Sunday night, the St George Illawarra Dragons will be collecting the J.J.Giltinan Shield for the second successive year.<br><br><b>Gold Coast Titans</b><br>Games: Wests Tigers (h)<br>Best Case: Defeat the Wests Tigers and finish in second place.<br>Worst Case: Lose and finish in sixth.<br>Likely: Toss of the coin in this one, but Gold Coast will fancy their chances at Skilled Park. <br><br><b>Wests Tigers </b><br>Games: Titans (a)<br>Best Case: Win and finish in second place.<br>Worst Case: Lose and finish in fourth.<br>Likely: Toss of the coin, but Wests Tigers are assured of a home final either way.<br><br><b>Penrith Panthers</b><br>Games: Sharks (h)<br>Best Case: Defeat the Sharks and finish second.<br>Worst Case: An upset loss could see them fall to sixth, though it would require some huge scores.<br>Likely: While the Panthers could theoretically fall to sixth, their superior for-and-against (+118) should see them secure a home final regardless of the result against the Sharks.<br><br><b>Sydney Roosters</b><br>Games: Cowboys (a)<br>Best Case: Beat by the Cowboys by a massive score line and finish in third.<br>Worst Case: Lose and finish eighth.<br>Likely: An impressive second half display against Manly has put the tri-colours back on the Premiership radar. The Roosters should win, but will probably still finish in fifth depending on other results.<br><br><b>Manly Sea Eagles</b><br>Games: Bulldogs (h)<br>Best Case: Win and finish in fifth.<br>Worst Case: Lose at home and be bundled out of the top eight.<br>Likely: The loss of Glenn Stewart is a massive blow for the Sea Eagles. Manly should have enough to beat the Bulldogs and secure a finals berth, but this hasn’t really been their year.<br><br><b>New Zealand Warriors</b><br>Games: Eels (a)<br>Best Case: Big win over Parramatta and jump into third place.<br>Worst Case: A loss and finish eighth.<br>Likely: It will be an emotion charged Parramatta with Nathan Cayless playing his last game. The Warriors need to win to keep them high on the ladder leading into the finals, but Parramatta might just lift for their inspirational leader.<br><br><b>Canberra Raiders</b><br>Games: Broncos (a)<br>Best Case: Win and finish fifth.<br>Worst Case: Lose and miss the finals.<br>Likely: For the first time in a long time, the Raiders' fate is their own; if they beat the Broncos at Suncorp Stadium they will book a finals berth. While they can potentially finish as high as fifth, they will most likely finish eighth and book a match with Minor Premiers the Dragons in Week 1 of the Finals.<br><br><b>South Sydney Rabbitohs</b><br>Games: Dragons (a)<br>Best Case: Win and finish seventh.<br>Worst Case: Lose and miss the finals.<br>Likely: It's an awkward spot for South Sydney, who will know before they play on Sunday night whether they are playing for a finals berth or for pride alone. They need the Broncos to defeat the Raiders OR the Sea Eagles to lose to the Bulldogs (preferably by a large margin), and then there is just a small matter of trying to defeat the Dragons at Win Jubilee Oval. While there is a chance there is hope, but it looks like the foundation club will just miss out.<br><br><b>Brisbane Broncos</b><br>Games: Raiders (h)<br>Best Case: Win and finish seventh.<br>Worst Case: Lose and miss the finals.<br>Likely: Destiny is not in the Broncos hands, they could defeat the Raiders and still miss the top eight if the Bunnies upset the Dragons. All they can do is win their game and hope results go the right way, but it looks like they’ll miss the finals for the first time since 1991!