The 2012 NRL Telstra Premiership finals are just a week away and the Round 25 results have had a dramatic impact on who will finish in those coveted top eight spots.
The Canterbury Bulldogs have secured the minor premiership despite going down in a big 34 – 6 defeat to the Canberra Raiders, the Green Machine having snuck into seventh spot, on Friday night which was our upset tip of the week here at NRLleague.com.au.
The Doggies play the Sydney Roosters in the final round and it is anyone’s guess how that one will turn out after the Tri-Colours, 13th on the NRL Ladder, surprised everyone with their 44 – 20 annihilation of the Wests Tigers on Sunday arvo.
Wests are now in real trouble having dropped to ninth position with a tough game over the Melbourne Storm this Saturday night at home to see out the regular season.
Melbourne meanwhile are sure to finish second on the ladder after their incredible fight-back victory on Monday night when they scored twice in the final three minutes to defeat the Cronulla Sharks 20 – 18 at AAMI Park.
So how does the rest of the Top 4 look after the end of NRL Round 25?
Well the South Sydney Rabbitohs occupy the third rank after their easy 38 – 6 victory over the sure-to-be wooden spoon Eels on Sunday, while in fourth spot are the Manly Sea Eagles.
Manly played on Friday night and got the better of a disappointing Brisbane Broncos 16 – 6.
Despite their dominant first half performance the Sea Eagles failed to score in the second half, and while their defense was good, they need to work on putting in a full 80 minutes with most finals matches traditionally won in the second half.
As for Brisbane, they are only inside the top eight because of the Tigers big loss.
They have lost their past six on the trot and must win against the Penrith Panthers at Suncorp Stadium this Friday night to keep the finals dream alive.
The big cats won’t just roll over without a fight however as shown by their 36 – 22 win over the Gold Coast Titans in Round 25.
Check out the complete 2012 NRL Round 25 results and scores below.
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2012 NRL Round 25 Results
Friday August 24, 2012 (Brookvale Oval)
- Manly Sea Eagles 16 v 6 Brisbane Broncos
Friday August 24, 2012 (Canberra Stadium)
- Canberra Raiders 34 v 6 Canterbury Bulldogs
Saturday August 25, 2012 (Centrebet Stadium)
- Penrith Panthers 36 v 22 Gold Coast Titans
Saturday August 25, 2012 (WIN Stadium)
- St George Illawarra Dragons 38 v 6 New Zealand Warriors
Saturday August 25, 2012 (Dairy Farmers Stadium)
- North Queensland Cowboys 22 v 14 Newcastle Knights
Sunday August 26, 2012 (Allianz Stadium)
- Sydney Roosters 44 v 22 Wests Tigers
Sunday August 26, 2012 (ANZ Stadium)
- South Sydney Rabbitohs 38 v 6 Parramatta Eels
Monday August 27, 2012 (AAMI Park)
- Melbourne Storm 20 v 18 Cronulla Sharks