NRL Power Rankings: Round 18

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Check out the NRL Power Rankings after the completion of Round 18. The Sharks maintain their spot in the No.1 spot after recording their 13th consecutive win, while the Roosters’ poor season continues as they drop two places in the power rankings this week.

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1.Sharks (1) It was the Ben Barba show at the foot of the mountains as the Sharks fullback crossed for two tries in the Sharks’ 26-10 win over an ordinary Panthers outfit. The Sharks were missing five of their key players to Origin but showed plenty of grit to make it 13 consecutive wins and will be tough to topple with a favourable draw coming up.
2.Storm (2) Round 18 Bye.
3.Cowboys (3) The Cowboys were gallant against the Raiders with Johnathan Thurston, Justin O’Neill, Gavin Cooper, James Tamou and Matt Scott all on Queensland duty. It’s unfair to drop them in the rankings with so many outs and their Round 20 clash against the Bulldogs will be a better test of their credentials.
4.Bulldogs (4) It wasn’t the most convincing of performances from the Bulldogs against the Tigers, but nevertheless it was a valuable two competition points in the absence of Josh Jackson and David Klemmer. They’ll put their feet up in Round 19 in preparation for a mouth-watering clash against the Cowboys in Round 20.
5.Raiders (6) Raiders fullback had a career-best game for the Raiders and was instrumental in their 26-12 victory over the depleted Cowboys. They now find themselves knocking on the door of the top four and will host the Warriors in Round 20 after the bye this week.
6.Eels (7) Despite the Eels’ current predicament, no one can question their determination on the football field. Down 18-6 with 30 minutes to play, Brad Arthur’s men didn’t throw in the towel and got the job done minus Semi Radradra for the majority of the match.
7.Broncos ↓(5) Round 18 Bye.
8.Warriors (8) Round 18 Bye.
9.Titans (10) Round 18 Bye.
10.Tigers ↓(9) The Tigers will be feeling like the clash against the Bulldogs is a case of the one that got away. Fullback Jordan Rankin had an unhappy night and bombed a certain try that almost would have almost secured an upset win over the Bulldogs. It’s back to the drawing board for coach Jason Taylor and the Tigers will take on the Dragons in a must-win encounter in Round 20.
11.Panthers(11) The Panthers had plenty of opportunities to crack a weakened Sharks side who were missing 5 players on Origin duty. The dropping of Tyrone Peachey and the unavailability of Matt Moylan and Josh Mansour stifled the Panthers’ attack despite the best efforts of Bryce Cartwright in the No.6.
12.Sea Eagles (14) Round 18 Bye.
13.Rabbitohs (13) Round 18 Bye.
14.Roosters ↓(12) The Roosters have only themselves to blame after blowing an 18-6 lead over the Eels. The return of Boyd Cordner from injury was the only positive that Trent Robinson can take out of a disappointing effort from the tri-colours.
15.Dragons (15) Round 18 Bye.
16.Knights (16) Round 18 Bye.
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