NRL Round 26 Preview

Thursday night: North Queensland v Brisbane, Townsville 
Another Queensland epic awaits; North Queensland have a top eight spot to play for, while Brisbane can still finish top two. The Broncos will be keen to mend hurt pride after the Parramatta loss, which’ll be enough in another classic.
BRISBANE BY ONE 

Friday night: Parramatta v Souths, Homebush
Parramatta were brilliant at Lang Park, while Souths were destroyed by Melbourne. Parra will seal a top four spot with a big win here.
PARRAMATTA BY 12

Saturday afternoon: Sydney Roosters v Gold Coast, SFS
Depending on Thursday night’s result, the Roosters may have already sealed a top two spot. Regardless, expect the Roosters to destroy a broken Titans.
SYDNEY BY 30

Saturday night: Manly v Penrith, Brookvale
Probably the biggest game of the round, Penrith will want to find winning form before the finals while Manly will want to keep the Dragons out of the eight. Penrith should win this.
PENRITH BY 12

Saturday night: Melbourne v Canberra, AAMI Park
Technically a dead rubber, as Melbourne have sealed the minor premiership and Canberra won’t play finals. Will Melbourne rest their stars? The Raiders will give their all but Melbourne should win a close one.
MELBOURNE BY SIX 

Sunday afternoon: Newcastle v Cronulla, Newcastle 
Revenge will be on Cronulla’s mind after the controversial loss to the Roosters. With a top four spot on the line, this could get ugly for the loyal Newcastle fans as the Knights will complete the wooden spoon hattrick.
CRONULLA BY 20

Sunday afternoon: St.George-Illawarra v Canterbury, Homebush
If Manly beat Penrith, the Dragons won’t play finals. Canterbury are finally playing decent footy but the Dragons should squeeze this one.
ST. GEORGE-ILLAWARRA BY TWO

Sunday night: Wests Tigers v NZ Warriors, Leichhardt
A big home win for Wests against the horrible Warriors. Should the Warriors even bother leaving New Zealand for this?
WESTS TIGERS BY 24

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