Against all odds after a year from hell, the final round of the 2020 NRL season is here and there is still so much to play for.
Although there is a couple of dead rubber games and the top eight teams are locked in, the make-up of the finals fixtures and the winner of the dreaded wooden spoon is still very much up in the air.
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The Raiders and Eels will be fighting over the fourth spot, with a Parramatta win seeing them locked in to play the Panthers in week one of the finals.Source:The Daily Telegraph
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The Panthers, Storm and Roosters have their spots in the top four locked in, but the Eels will need to beat the Tigers to seal their spot in fourth. A Roosters loss could see them finish as low as fourth and potentially keep the Raiders out of the top four, while an Eels loss could push them out and see Canberra just sneak in with a win over the Sharks.
The bottom half of the eight could also shift if the Knights lose to the Titans, meaning the currently sixth placed Newcastle could finish as low as seventh, while a Rabbitohs win could potentially see them finish as high as sixth. Either way the Knights and Rabbitohs will come head-to-head in week one of the finals, the only difference is who gets the home game. The Sharks are locked in for the eighth spot regardless of results given their poor points differential.
The Broncos will look to send Darius Boyd out as a winner as they fight to avoid their first ever wooden spoon. Picture: Getty Images.Source:Getty Images
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Outside the top-eight all eyes will be on the Broncos-Cowboys clash, with a Brisbane loss securing the first wooden spoon in the club’s proud history. But even if the Broncos can pull off a surprise win, an Bulldogs upset over the Panthers by any margin will still hand Brisbane the spoon, given their woeful points differential.
While the bottom three is locked in, the rest of the ladder is very much up for grabs with Titans on 16 points, three teams on 14 and the Dragons on 12. A Titans win will see them finish in 9th, but a loss could see Tigers, Manly or the Warriors end up there depending on results.
EVERY POSSIBLE WEEK 1 FINALS MATCHUP
Major qualifying final – 1 vs 4
Panthers vs Eels/Roosters/Raiders
Minor qualifying final – 2 vs 3
Storm vs Roosters/Eels
Major elimination final – 5 vs 8
Raiders/Eels vs Sharks
Minor elimination final – 6 vs 7
Knights vs Rabbitohs
Originally published asNRL live ladder: Every possible finals matchup revealed
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