Race to the Finish: Round 24 to decide 7th, 8th

It all comes down to this.

With just one round remaining in the Intrust Super Premiership NSW regular season, five teams are still a mathematical chance to fill positions seventh and eighth, heading into the finals series the following week.

To make sense of it all, NSWRL.com.au runs the eye over the possible results that will determine the eight teams left standing heading into September.

 

7th – Warriors (22 pts, -62)

 

The Warriors hold destiny in their own hands – but they'll have to arrest a six-game losing streak to ensure a finals berth.

Win, and the Warriors will finish seventh, and book a Finals Week One place.

But if the Bears are to continue the Warriors' woes, the New Zealanders will be relying on top four contenders Penrith and Canterbury-Bankstown to get the two points against Blacktown and Wentworthville, respectively.

 

8th – Wyong Roos (22 pts, -78)

 

The anomaly that is the Round 24 bye sees the 2017 minor premiers through to the play-offs.

As it stands, Wyong will finish the season in 8th on 24 points, assuming a Warriors win at North Sydney.

But if the Bears defeat the Warriors, the Roos will leap into 7th.

Although unlikely, Wyong could miss the finals series if the Warriors beat the Bears and the Wentworthville Magpies beat the Bulldogs by 62 points.

 

9th – Wentworthville Magpies (22 pts, -139)

 

Wentworthville head into their Round 24 clash with the high-flying Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs on the back of a confidence-building, 22-16 win over Mounties last weekend.

To make the finals, the Magpies will rely on the Bears to beat the Warriors on Saturday, before needing to down the 'Dogs at Ringrose in the final match of the ISP regular season.

The Magpies finished 9th in 2017 – no doubt an added motivation to finish their season on the right note this year.

 

10th – Blacktown Workers Sea Eagles (21pts, -20)

 

Blacktown's path to the finals is arguably the hardest of the teams remaining in contention – needing to topple the minor premiers, Penrith, before relying on losses to the Warriors and Magpies.

Lose, and the season will be over for Steve Hales' men.

 

11th – North Sydney Bears (20pts, -51)

 

The Bears could very well do the unimaginable and rise from 11th to 8th in the competition's last week to snatch a place in the 2018 ISP finals series.

North Sydney have had an up-and-down end to the season – off-setting a Round 18 draw with the Newtown Jets with back-to-back wins over Mounties and Wyong.

But suffering consecutive losses in the past two weeks, the Bears may be left to rue what could have been should results not go their way in Round 24.