by Warren Boland
Manly, St George Illawarra and Penrith, seventh to ninth in order on the NRL ladder, have important games in Round 22 as the battle to stay in the top eight heats up.
With five rounds to go, these teams want to keep their finals destiny in their own hands.
Suffering losses last weekend, the Titans, Warriors and Bulldogs have now joined the Rabbitohs, Tigers and Knights in the Valley of the Damned for 2017.
Although they trail Penrith by four competition points, tenth-placed Canberra are still alive and kicking but face a tough challenge to stay afloat when they meet Cronulla.
Here are my tips (winners in CAPITALS):
- Bulldogs v EELS
- DRAGONS v Rabbitohs
- Cowboys v STORM
- KNIGHTS v Warriors
- Titans v BRONCOS
- SHARKS v Raiders
- SEA EAGLES v Roosters
- PANTHERS v Tigers
Last week: 5/8 Total: 107/152