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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22 COMMENTS

  1. Predictable table given known preferences with the possible exception of the cowboys and raiders. I see these two positions being reversed.

    The storm could well end up second if only because Bellamy has learned his lesson with the minor premiership. I expect to see him secure second place and then progressively rest his stars for the finals.

  2. 1. Sharks
    2. Storm
    3. Cowboys
    4. Bulldogs
    5. Raiders
    6. Broncos
    7. Titans
    8. Warriors/Panthers

    • Actually swap the Storm and Sharks around and swap the Bulldogs and Cowboys around.
      1. Storm
      2. Sharks
      3. Bulldogs
      4. Cowboys

  3. I love how some of these noobs on these sites actually take these stupid predictions serious and get all worked up if there team isn’t in it.It’s a prediction!Calm down!I mean you can tell the guy who made this article has no clue,cowboys 5th????Far out!

  4. My prediction after the seasons so who won and that:

    1. Broncos ( Identical to 2006 don’t rule them out with Bennett)
    2. Storm
    3. Cowboys
    4. Sharks ( Will choke again and with the no home final it will hurt them)
    5. Raiders
    6. Titans
    7. Bulldogs
    8. Panthers

    • The only way Bennett can help the Broncos is by giving his forwards a heart transplant. At the moment the Broncos are just making up the numbers, and I can’t see that changing.

  5. you always find disgruntled dragqueen fans so jealous of the sharks they have to make these ridiculous predictions .. unless your an idiot 1st will be sharks 2nd cows 3rd storm after that possibly raiders …believe that

    • “Dragqueens,” “Mutts,” “Donkeys” – why don’t you go find a sport for which you have an ounce of respect? Who the hell are you to be so disrespectful of accomplished athletes? Many of us have put this question to u &, funnily enough, u’ve not had the balls to actually respond in any logical manner. Funny that.

      Oxygen is a gift.

      Stop wasting it.

  6. That was sweet as dale copley ran rings around James Roberts wonder what dumb Bennett was thinking lol

    • Your an idiot Copley has one good game in three yrs he’s spent 90% of his career on the sideline
      And you think Bennett regretted getting rid of him lol for Roberts moron

      • yes hear hear, copley used to be my favourite player, and then he suddenly kept on getting injured, that sorta ruined it

  7. Finals Prediction

    Unless match scheduling pitches them against one another in the finals series, this year’s Grand Final will be played out by the

    Storm v Cowboys

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