James Graham returned from injury for the Bulldogs against Brisbane on Saturday night.

Almost every game in the final round of the NRL had a bearing on either the minor premiership, top four or the wooden spoon.

BRONCOS 8 lost to STORM 15

Brisbane's loss to Melbourne on Thursday night sees the Broncos finish second on the NRL Telstra Premiership ladder, setting up a Queensland derby against the Cowboys at Suncorp Stadium in Week One of the NRL Finals. Storm have jumped the Sharks into fourth spot and will play the Roosters at Allianz Stadium in week one of the finals.

 


ROOSTERS 30 defeated RABBITOHS 0

The Roosters claimed the JJ Giltinan Shield as minor premiers for the third year in a row and are now locked in to host the Storm at Allianz Stadium on Friday of Week One of the NRL Finals. The Rabbitohs have finished seventh on the ladder and will play the Sharks in an elimination final at Allianz Stadium on Sunday.

 

PANTHERS 30 defeated KNIGHTS 12

Newcastle Knights are the holders of the 2015 wooden spoon after losing to the Panthers. The Knights finished on 20 competition points, just as they did when they won the spoon in 2005. The Panthers avoided last place with a convincing win at home to finish their season.

 

DRAGONS 32 defeated WESTS TIGERS 30

It took extra time against the Tigers, but the Dragons finally secured their finals spot finishing eighth on 28 points and put Manly out of their 2015 misery. The Dragons will play the Sharks or the Bulldogs in an elimination final. Wests Tigers avoided the wooden spoon, thanks to the Knights, but only on points differential (-75 to -154) with both teams finishing the season on 20 competition points.

 

COWBOYS 42 defeated TITANS 12

The Cowboys tuned up for the NRL Finals with a big win over the Titans. The Cowboys finished third on the NRL Telstra Premiership ladder and will play in a qualifying final against the Broncos at Suncorp Stadium next week. The Titans avoided the wooden spoon but finished the season with the worst points differential (-197) and the most points conceded (636).

 

EELS 24 lost to RAIDERS 28

The Raiders and Eels put on a golden point thriller to finish their seasons, with the Raiders prevailing to jump into 10th place on the NRL Telstra Premiership ladder.

 

SHARKS 12 lost to SEA EAGLES 14

Manly's win over the Sharks sees the Storm secure fourth spot and a qualifying final. The Sharks, who could have finished fourth, end up sixth and play the Rabbitohs in an elimination final at Allianz Stadium on Sunday. 

 

BULLDOGS 26 defeated WARRIORS 22

The Bulldogs have clinched fifth spot and will play the Dragons in an elimination final at ANZ Stadium on Saturday.