Top Eight

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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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League

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

Newcastle v Canterbury

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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Rugby league

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.

Parramatta Eels prop Darcy Lussick gets in shape for shot at more game time

On the run: Darcy Lussick has had limited game time this season.

Michael Carayannis Darcy Lussick has iced the beers and ditched the Lebanese food as he looks to maintain his frame after dropping 12 kilograms.

Brisbane Broncos v St George Illawarra Dragons

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Andrew Sonter Do-or-die clash as the Dragons tackle the Broncos in Brisbane.

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Forget babies and milestones, Melbourne Storm very focused on run to finals

Professional: Storm half-back Cooper Cronk is set to  play his 250th NRL game.

Roy Ward A baby, a special milestone, a "ridiculous" fixture and an NRL premiership challenge.

Broncos v Dragons

Michael Chammas Brisbane Broncos v St George Illawarra Dragons at ANZ Stadium, Friday 7.45pm

Roosters v Storm

Sydney Roosters v Melbourne Storm at Allianz Stadium, Saturday 7.30pm

The middle way is the path to success, says Dragons forward Tyson Frizell

Mitch Jennings Needing to win their final two games to have any hope of play-offs action, the Dragons must overcome a Broncos engine room boasting more than 100 games of Test and Origin experience.

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Knights v Eels

Newcastle Knights v Parramatta Eels at Hunter Stadium, Saturday 3pm

Melbourne Storm's tough run home the perfect finals preparation: Cameron Smith

Relishing the challenge: Smith.

Michael Chammas Melbourne Storm skipper Cameron Smith believes the Sydney Roosters taught his side a lesson on how to play finals football when they met earlier in the season.

Melbourne Storm up for plucky Roosters

Captain Cameron Smith says Melbourne welcomes the challenge presented by the in-form premier as both sides gear up for what shapes as the tightest finals series in NRL history.

Johnathan Thurston proving he belongs in the company of the game's truly great

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Phil Gould How good was Johnathan Thurston on Saturday night? League fans have been privileged over the past quarter of a century to be able to marvel at the skills of six of the greatest ever Australian rugby...

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