It always comes as a shock how quickly the NRL finals roll around. We are now only three weeks out from the semis, making Round 24 of the 2010 NRL Telstra Premiership a great time to get behind your favourites and push them towards a top eight finish!
Five teams have already secured a spot in the September showdowns with the Dragons, Titans, Panthers, Roosters and Tigers having done enough to emerge as true Premiership contenders for the season.
There are now just three positions left in the top eight, with seven teams still eligible and fighting with everything they have to claim a spot.
This round is the most important game of the season so far for the Broncos, Sea Eagles, Warriors, Eels, Rabbitohs and Raiders as a win keeps their finals hopes alive while a loss could see their season put to bed.
Highlight matches of the weekend include the Sea Eagles v Warriors clash on Saturday where one team will be knocked out of finals contention.
There is also the blockbuster battle between the Eels and the Wests Tigers at Parramatta Stadium on Sunday arvo and the Roosters v Titans match on Monday night which will be a real treat.
Click on the links below for comprehensive match previews, our footy tips and the Ladbrokes.com.au odds on all eight Round 24 showdowns.
NRL Round 24 – Match 1 Preview: Penrith Panthers v South Sydney Rabbitohs
NRL Round 24 – Match 2 Preview: Newcastle Knights v Brisbane Broncos
NRL Round 24 – Match 3 Preview: Manly Sea Eagles v New Zealand Warriors
NRL Round 24 – Match 4 Preview: North Queensland Cowboys v Canterbury Bulldogs
NRL Round 24 – Match 5 Preview: Melbourne Storm v Cronulla Sharks
NRL Round 24 – Match 6 Preview: Canberra Raiders v St George Illawarra Dragons
NRL Round 24 – Match 7 Preview: Parramatta Eels v Wests Tigers
NRL Round 24 – Match 8 Preview: Sydney Roosters v Gold Coast Titans
NRL Round 24 Fixtures
|Day||Date||Time (local)||Venue||Home Team||Away Team|
|Fri||August 20||7:35pm||CUA Stadium, Penrith||Panthers||Rabbitohs|
|Fri||August 20||7:35pm||Energy Australia Stadium||Knights||Broncos|
|Sat||August 21||5:30pm||Brookvale Oval||Sea Eagles||Warriors|
|Sat||August 21||7:30pm||Dairy Farmers Stadium||Cowboys||Bulldogs|
|Sat||August 21||7:30pm||AAMI Park||Storm||Sharks|
|Sun||August 22||2:00pm||Canberra Stadium||Raiders||Dragons|
|Sun||August 22||3:00pm||Parramatta Stadium||Eels||Tigers|
|Mon||August 23||7:00pm||Sydney Football Stadium||Roosters||Titans|