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North Queensland Cowboys upset Canterbury Bulldogs to surge into top eight

Tom Decent After a lacklustre second term against an exuberant Tigers pack last Sunday, where they conceded more points than any other match in Des Hasler's reign at the club, the Bulldogs were well and truly...

League

Predicting the NRL top eight is tough, so buckle up for the run to the finals

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Phil Gould With the rounds of matches affected so significantly by Origin now finally behind us, we can at last settle back and enjoy the final third of the season.

League

Warriors into top eight after 30-20 win against Panthers

Standout: Warrior Manu Vatuvei's defence was impressive.

Sarah Harvey The club finds itself inside the sacred top eight, the first time in two years.

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The alternative top eight

Paul Gallen of the Blues punches Nate Myles

Michael Chammas With the NRL bearing down on the business end of the season, Michael Chammas celebrates a different side of rugby league.

League

No guarantees in race for top eight

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Michael Chammas AT LEAST half of last year's semi-finalists will miss this year's finals, if recent history is anything to go by.

Rugby League

Gutsy win as Newcastle makes top eight

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Mackay Newcastle moves into NRL top eight with a gutsy 18-12 victory over Canterbury

League

Imperfect Storm abate as Warriors threaten top eight

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - JULY 28: Shaun Johnson of the Warriors makes a break during the round 20 NRL match between the New Zealand Warriors and the Melbourne Storm at Mt Smart Stadium on July 28, 2013 in Auckland, New Zealand.  (Photo by Hannah Johnston/Getty Images)

Ben Stanley In years to come, the league almanac will tell the basics: that the Warriors beat Melbourne 30-22 at Mount Smart Stadium.

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Big guns back for top eight contenders

Brett Stewart could join Billy Slater, Paul Gallen and Greg Bird in returning from injury for round 21 of the NRL as teams battling for a top eight finish recall their big names.

Revamped top eight is great: White

Lee Gaskin Raiders vice-captain Brett White has backed changes to the NRL finals system which make it almost impossible for a team outside the top four to win the competition.

NRL

$100,000 plonked on Broncos to miss the top eight

Wayne Heming Brisbane's first-up win over the Cowboys last weekend obviously failed to impress one big better who today tossed $100,000 on the Broncos to miss the top eight.

Brisbane stand by coaching call regardless of results

Outgoing Broncos coach Anthony Griffin.

Phil Lutton Brisbane Broncos chairman Dennis Watt says the club will stand by its decision to sack coach Anthony Griffin no matter what transpires in the NRL finals, which begin on Friday night.

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Billy Slater says Storm eager for Broncos challenge in match to decide finals fate

Focusing on victory: Melbourne No.1 Billy Slater.

Roy Ward Melbourne Storm faces elimination from the finals race if it loses to Brisbane Broncos.

Brad Arthur wants Parramatta Eels to finish regular NRL season strongly against Raiders

Disappointed: Eels players are hoping to bounce back from their loss to Newcastle.

Ian McCullough, Chris Wilson A half-time spray by coach Brad Arthur was not enough to keep Parramatta in control of their season at Newcastle last weekend, but he does expect his players to do better against Canberra on Saturday.

Luke Bailey ruled out of Gold Coast Titans farewell match with neck injury

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Laine Clark In a cruel twist to Gold Coast's already devastating NRL season, retiring Titans forward Luke Bailey has been denied an official farewell due to a neck injury.

Brent Kite flies again as Penrith Panthers seek a top four spot

Delayed surgery: Penrith's Brent Kite.

Michael Carayannis Penrith veteran prop Brent Kite is set to make a shock return from a biceps injury.

Sydney Roosters timing their premiership defence perfectly

Brad Walter Winning an NRL premiership is more like a marathon than a sprint, and if the Sydney Roosters appear to have timed their run at back-to-back titles to perfection that is because they planned it that...

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Canberra Raiders v Parramatta Eels

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Lee Gaskin Join Chris Wilson for all the action from Canberra Stadium as the Eels take on the Raiders from 5.30pm.

League

Wests Tigers end drama-packed season with victory over Cronulla

Crunch time: Cronulla's Ricky Leutele about to hit the turf as the Tigers' Matt Lodge and Aaron Woods take control.

Chris Boulous If anyone needed a win this week it was Wests Tigers coach Mick Potter; and his team delivered.

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The NRL finals: let's see who really is the best of the best

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Phil Gould There is no doubt the Roosters are the form team in the competition as we head into week one of the finals.

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Melbourne Storm's Ryan Hinchcliffe ready to fill in for Cameron Smith

Ryan Hinchcliffe was originally a hooker before moving to lock to allow Cameron Smith to play in his best position.

Roy Ward Ryan Hinchcliffe has filled in at hooker for Cameron Smith before and he is ready to do it again if Smith doesn't play in the elimination final.