It’s crunch time for the log-jam of teams fighting for a spot in this year’s 2010 NRL Telstra Premiership finals and Round 22 highlighted just how much the clubs want to win as fans were treated to eight hard-hitting matches.
This was the do-or-die round for many of the teams and a number of clubs were pushed out of the race with their Round 22 losses unofficially ending their seasons.
First up on Friday night the Queensland derby between the Cowboys and the Broncos saw Brisbane edge closer to releasing their finals dream with a tidy 34 – 26 win, their second on the trot.
But with the news that Darren Lockyer will miss two weeks following a rib injury sustained in the game, the baby Broncos have plenty of work to do over the next few rounds if they are to make a real dash for the Premiership.
Parramatta’s hopes of repeating their great last-grasp feats of last year were shattered in Round 22 after they were smashed 34 – 12 by a determined Titans outfit, the Gold Coast now in the top four.
Other Round 22 highlights included the close Rabbitohs v Tigers showdown on Saturday were a depleted South Sydney side rose above to win 34 – 30 in a thrilling golden point extra time victory.
The other big match was the supercharged SCG showdown on Sunday between the Roosters and the Dragons, St George securing their Minor Premiership title with a gritty 19 – 12 victory.
Check out full match reviews and see how your Ladbrokes.com.au wagers went by reading the comprehensive game results below.
NRL Round 22 – Match 1 Results: North Queensland Cowboys 26 v 34 Brisbane Broncos
NRL Round 22 – Match 2 Results: Gold Coast Titans 34 v 12 Parramatta Eels
NRL Round 22 – Match 3 Results: Manly Sea Eagles 26 v 6 Melbourne Storm
NRL Round 22 – Match 4 Results: South Sydney Rabbitohs 34 v 30 Wests Tigers
NRL Round 22 – Match 5 Results: Cronulla Sharks 10 v 37 New Zealand Warriors
NRL Round 22 – Match 6 Results: Newcastle Knights 30 v 6 Canterbury Bulldogs
NRL Round 22 – Match 7 Results: Sydney Roosters 12 v 19 St George Illawarra Dragons
NRL Round 22 – Match 8 Results: Canberra Raiders 30 v 26 Penrith Panthers