ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 29: James Tedesco of the Roosters looks on dejected during the round 16 NRL match between the Sydney Roosters and the Melbourne Storm at Adelaide Oval on June 29, 2018 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by Daniel Kalisz/Getty Images)

The Raiders and the Tigers are currently sitting in ninth and tenth position on the ladder, on 18 points each. With the Broncos just inside the Top 8 on 22 points, teams on less than 18 points have a mountain to climb to reach the finals. By no means are teams like the Knights ruled out of contention, but it is highly unlikely they will make the finals so they will not be included on this list.

Here are the players the remaining 10 sides are relying on to ensure they finish the season on a positive note.


Rabbitohs – Sam Burgess

It is difficult to pinpoint one player in the Rabbitohs’ side that has led the way for them, due to the incredible team performances they continually put together. However, it is clear they are playing strong football through the middle of the field, and Sam Burgess is huge in that regard. The tough English forward is the kind of player that not only plays hard but inspires those around him to give 100%, which makes him invaluable to the Rabbitohs.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – MAY 13: Samuel Burgess of the Rabbitohs is tackled by the Dragons defence during the round 10 NRL match between the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the St George Illawarra Dragons at ANZ Stadium on May 13, 2018 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)


  1. This list is the “best players of the last remaining teams” and not key players if you are considering who you need firing to be competitive.
    1. Rabbitohs / Adam Reynolds (won 2014 GF when he was at his best, his form = their success)
    2. Storm / Jesse Bromwich (can be the most destructive forward in the game, is a bit quiet in 2018)
    3. Dragons / Ben Hunt (They have such a great forward pack and Widdop can’t carry the team)
    4. Roosters / James Tedesco (Needs to transfer his S.O.O form into the season, he has previously struggled with that)
    5. Panthers / Nathan Cleary (IMO Maloney carried NSW and Panthers, Cleary needs to step up)
    6. Sharks / Valentine Holmes (Was QLD’s best, needs to control the Sharks in their race for top 4)
    7. Warriors / Roger Tuivasa-Sheck (Playing well, needs to start being constantly good)
    8. Broncos / Darius Boyd (Leader and experienced head, needs to help their young halves)
    9. Raiders / Josh Hodgson (Have looked 400x times better with him, can launch them into top 8)
    10. Tigers / Moses Mbye (Has rejuvenated their attack, needs to start orchestrating wins)

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