Northern Knights have named an extremely strong squad for this Grand Final and look like the team to beat. With plenty of Blackcaps in both squads, they are going to be the key to which way this final goes but the Knights have some incredible talent at their disposal.
Sydney Roosters have shown how seriously they are taking this game by naming their strongest squad possible. That will be a worry for Wigan and even some light rain showers on the day of the game may not be enough to help level the playing field for the Warriors.
Wests and Canterbury head into this game with the same record over the last six games with them both having won two and lost four whilst those results have also occurred in the same sequence.
Cronulla are the form side of the NRL after racking up their fifth consecutive win last week and they will fancy their chances of extending that to six when they visit Newcastle this week. The Knights have lost their last three with them conceding the most points in the NRL so far this season.
Catalans have enjoyed a recent run of good results and will face an under-strength Leeds side as they attempt to keep alive their hopes of avoiding the Middle 8s. The Rhinos have lost captain Kallum Watkins for the season to a knee injury whilst they are also without a host of other first-teamers for the trip to the South of France.
The odds at the start of the season on first-place against second-place in Round 12 of the NRL being St George playing Penrith would have been very big but that is how it has panned out with both teams earning their respective league positions so far. With just five losses between them from a combined 22 games, this should be a superb encounter at Panthers Stadium.
New Zealand Warriors host South Sydney in what could be the game of the weekend in what is a mouth-watering prospect at Mt Smart. The Warriors - sitting in third-place - will face a tough test against the fourth-placed Rabbitohs with them winning five of their last six games.
After appearing to turn the corner with their inconsistent performances, the Roosters suffered a setback last week as they lost to Brisbane. Whilst it was a high-quality game and they didn’t play badly, the Roosters’ failure to get the win highlighted more flaws in their game.
With wins on the road not easy to come by for Widnes, winning their home games becomes crucial if they are to avoid the Middle 8s. Hosting a Wakefield side who are in a poor run of form represents a big chance to make up some ground on the top 8 but a loss could be disastrous for the Vikings.
Hull travel to Warrington with a significant chunk of their salary cap sat in the stands as their injury problems mount. The Black and Whites were able to beat local rivals Hull KR last week but that came at a cost with Josh Griffin and Scott Taylor adding to their already significant list of unavailable talent.
Huddersfield’s recent upturn in form can see them leapfrog their opponents Salford with a win in this crucial match-up. The Giants have won their last three games in all competitions whilst Salford have lost their last four with both of these coming into the game in very differing form.
Hull KR slumped to the bottom of the Super League table with their defeat against cross-city rivals Hull FC last week and their task of attempting to climb off the bottom looks a daunting one as they host Wigan. The Warriors were ruthless against Warrington last week and will be looking to pile more misery onto Rovers.