This is it. The final round of the standard NRL season is here and we have never seen a better or more exciting line-up of games scheduled!
What makes this week edge-of-year-seat stuff is that although the Dragons have secured the Minor Premiership once again and will proudly finish in the number one spot on the ladder, the rest of the top eight is still not clear – but it soon will be!
The Tigers, Panthers, Roosters, Titans and Warriors may have guaranteed themselves a spot in the finals, but there is still that coveted home game semi to fight for this week.
Sydney, the Gold Coast and New Zealand are the three teams that are favoured it to ‘Make the Top 4’ along with St George, the Titans and Warriors especially facing a tough finish as they play the Tigers and Eels respectively.
Then there’s positions five – eight still up in the air. Can Brisbane make a stunning return to form and push back into contention with a win over the Raiders on Friday night? Or will the ninth-ranked Rabbitohs be able to sleigh the Dragons on Monday night and sneak into the top eight?
All will be decided this weekend and if you don’t have a punt on at least one of these games at Ladbrokes.com.au you just aren’t a true footy fan!
Below we give a detailed match preview, current Ladbrokes.com.au odds, team lists and our top footy tips for the eight thriller showdowns of Round 26 of the 2010 NRL Telstra Premiership.
NRL Round 26 – Match 1 Preview: Gold Coast Titans v Wests Tigers
NRL Round 26 – Match 2 Preview: Brisbane Broncos v Canberra Raiders
NRL Round 26 – Match 3 Preview: Parramatta Eels v New Zealand Warriors
NRL Round 26 – Match 4 Preview: North Queensland Cowboys v Sydney Roosters
NRL Round 26 – Match 5 Preview: Penrith Panthers v Cronulla Sharks
NRL Round 26 – Match 6 Preview: Melbourne Storm v Newcastle Knights
NRL Round 26 – Match 7 Preview: Manly Sea Eagles v Canterbury Bulldogs
NRL Round 26 – Match 8 Preview: St George Illawarra Dragons v South Sydney Rabbitohs
NRL Round 26 Fixtures
|Day||Date||Time (local)||Venue||Home Team||Away Team|
|Fri||Sept 3||7:35pm||Skilled Park||Titans||Tigers|
|Fri||Sept 3||7:35pm||Suncorp Stadium||Broncos||Raiders|
|Sat||Sept 3||5:30pm||Parramatta Stadium||Eels||Warriors|
|Sat||Sept 3||7:30pm||Dairy Farmers Stadium||Cowboys||Roosters|
|Sat||Sept 3||7:30pm||CUA Stadium||Panthers||Sharks|
|Sun||Sept 4||2:00pm||AAMI Park||Storm||Knights|
|Sun||Sept 4||3:00pm||Brookvale Oval||Sea Eagles||Bulldogs|
|Mon||Sept 5||7:00pm||WIN Jubilee Stadium||Dragons||Rabbitohs|