BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 22: Trent Merrin of the Panthers is congratulated by team mates after scoring a try during the round 20 NRL match between the Brisbane Broncos and the Penrith Panthers at Suncorp Stadium on July 22, 2016 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

As we enter the business end of the season, as many as 12 teams have a realistic chance of featuring in this year’s finals series.

The Sharks and the Storm will likely battle it out for the top two positions, while the Cowboys, Raiders and Bulldogs are fighting it out for the remaining two top four spots.

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 22: Trent Merrin of the Panthers is congratulated by team mates after scoring a try during the round 20 NRL match between the Brisbane Broncos and the Penrith Panthers at Suncorp Stadium on July 22, 2016 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)
BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA – JULY 22: Trent Merrin of the Panthers is congratulated by team mates after scoring a try during the round 20 NRL match between the Brisbane Broncos and the Penrith Panthers at Suncorp Stadium on July 22, 2016 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

8th – Penrith Panthers, 30pts

The Panthers will round out the eight, as the top eight teams entering Round 21 will be the ones that battle it out for the premiership.

With the Warriors in 9th position holding a better points difference before Round 26, a win at home to Manly will be enough to sneak the Panthers into the finals.

  • Warriors (A) – L
  • Roosters (H) – W
  • Knights (A) – W
  • Tigers (H) – W
  • Titans (A) – L
  • Sea Eagles (H) – W

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