Panthers look like they've conceded the minor premiership with a 3rd consecutive home and away loss to the Eels and may have conceded much more with Luia dislocating his shoulder. People saying Parra are done, but I don't know. All they need is for Cowboys to go no better than 1-1 and lose a couple of points on differential. They then need the Roosters to lose to the Tigers and then turn around the next week and beat the Bunnies by 61+. Sounds plausible to me...
Should also mention Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti (yep, had to google that one) who retired last night. What an exciting player he was at his peak! Incredibly he was left rotting on the Essendon rookie list for 12 months before the 2016 suspensions finally saw him play senior footy. He played 127 games out of a possible 154 from 2016-2022 and added another 6 this year. Happy trails Wingu!
Cowboys and Roosters stayed alive while Parra was dumped out. Brisbane has one hand on the minor premiership. Tigers have the wooden spoon signed, sealed and delivered. Big game today with Cronulla hosting Newcastle. Cronulla are playing to stay in the top 4 race, Newcastle trying to guarantee finals.
In the AFL, Brisbane locked up 2nd. Bulldogs moved into the 8, and Kangas snapped their 20 game losing streak and lost the #1 pick in the process as the Weagles finished last. Dees would probably rather finish 4th than 3rd as you'd rather play in Melbourne than travel to the Gabba. They play Sydney today, who can secure a home elimination final with a win. Carlton are resting Cripps from their game against GWS already assured of a home final. Win and in for GWS. Could leap frog St Kilda into a home final if the Swans lose. Port/ Saints is of no consequence. Tough road trip week one for Port whether they finished 3rd or 4th.
Gints knock the Bulldogs out of the finals with 32 point win over Carlton and finish 7th ahead of the Swans. Looked like they may have stuck into a home final but two late goals from Carlton saw St Kilda pip them.
Knights will play finals after humping Cronulla, a result that settles the top 4. Manly pounded the Bulldogs in one of those late season match ups of little consequence. All eyes on Roosters v Bunnies Friday night. Other big game is Penrith v Cowboys. North Qld will still be in the running for a finals spot if the Roosters win. Melbourne v Brisbane could well be a Week One Finals preview and could certainly decide the minor premiership. And Canberra must beat Cronulla in Sydney to be sure of a finals spot.
Melbourne bring back some guns and that does for an under strength Broncos in Brisbane. That third Storm try with Papenhuyzen and Sua playing hot potato at full pace was magnificent. Captain's Challenge used late by Melbourne in the way I've never seen before: McDonald played the ball sideways late and it was sent upstairs to show that he'd copped a shoulder to the head the play before.
Means Penrith can finish top with a win over the Cowboys.