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Manly fullback Brett Stewart in action against the Rabbitohs in Round 22.

Strap yourself in as takes a look back at the season that was, including our most-viewed content on a week-to-week basis.

Round 22 Results:

Bulldogs 18 defeated Broncos 16 
Sea Eagles 28 defeated Rabbitohs 8 
Dragons 36 defeated Warriors 0 
Sharks 30 defeated Cowboys 18 
Eels 10 defeated Panthers 4 
Storm 36 defeated Titans 14 
Roosters 38 defeated Knights 22 
Wests Tigers 20 defeated Raiders 18 

Their loss to the Sea Eagles was the beginning of the end for the Rabbitohs with the reigning premiers eventually slumping to their fifth loss in six rounds to be ousted in the first week of the finals. The Dragons furthered the Warriors' woes in the post-Shaun Johnson segment of their season by keeping them scoreless. The Eels outlasted the Panthers in Darwin, and the Sharks beat the Cowboys – who this time around were with their fearless leader Johnathan Thurston. The Knights' mini comeback wasn't enough to pip the Roosters, leaving them at the bottom of the NRL Telstra Premiership ladder, while the Bulldogs scored a win against the Broncos.

Top five stories:

1. 'Dragons lose Benji but thump Warriors' by Corey Rosser 

2. 'Pritchard's selfless decision to leave Bulldogs' by Jack Brady 

3. 'Shoulder charge rules updated' by NRL 

4. 'Bulldogs chase down Broncos' by Matt Harris 

5. 'Broncos v Bulldogs preview' by Tony Webeck 

Top three videos:

1. Broncos v Bulldogs highlights 

2. Warriors v Dragons highlights 

3. Sharks v Cowboys highlights 

NRL Telstra Premiership ladder after Round 22:

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