Going in to the final round of the regular season Antonio Kaufusi dissects finals hopes and the game set to determine an early retirement for one league legend in either Robbie Farah or Paul Gallen.
Just one round remains in the regular season and a certain number of matches this weekend will go a long way towards shaping the ladder between positions 3-14, with the top two and the bottom two all locked in.
With second place sewn up, the Roosters will have nothing to play for when they play the Rabbitohs, but would love nothing more than to reverse their Round one loss to the Bunnies and possibly sentence them to play sudden death football in the first week of the finals.
The Storm will also have nothing to play for when they welcome the Cowboys to AAMI Park, having secured its fourth minor premiership last week with a huge win over the Sea Eagles on the road.
Elsewhere, the Raiders will be playing for third place when they welcome the Warriors, while the Broncos will have to travel for up to five consecutive weeks if they are to go all the way under first-year coach Anthony Seibold, starting with their clash against the Bulldogs on Saturday night.
Robbie Farah of Paul Gallen to be sent to early retirement
The final place in the eight goes up for grabs when the Wests Tigers host the Sharks at Leichhardt Oval in what could also be the final game for either of their stalwarts, Robbie Farah or Paul Gallen, with one of them to be sent into retirement early come sunset on Sunday.
My match of the round has to be the Tigers v Sharks, who ever loses this game is out.
This is the last time you will either see Farah, if he plays and Gallen run around in the NRL.
The Tigers couldn't pick a better venue to host a knockout game at their spiritual home of Leichart Oval.
Cronulla have a host of guys coming back with Johnson a big inclusion. Tigers are sweating on Farah and Mbye.
Key match ups will be Luke Brooks, he was instrumental last week and a big reason why the Tigers beat the dragons.
Chad Townsend answered the call hitting 3 drop goals for the sharks. Look for these two guys to be influential in the game.
My upset of the round is my former team the Dogs to beat the Broncos at home.
You might see a trend here with me going against the broncos all the time.
They are a team I just never have backed.
I cant seem to back them, so I'm not going to buck the trend now. Lets go Doggies!!
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