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2017 National Rugby League: the season so far | July
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The 2017 National Rugby League Season, the 20th season of the NRL competition, began on March 2. We’re half way through the 2017 NRL so now might be a good time to review the season so far. At the end of June, sixteen rounds of the 2017 NRL season had been played. At the end of round fourteen, the Melbourne Storm was at the top of the 2017 NRL table while West Tigers occupied the last spot. Starting July, ten rounds of the 2017 NRL season will be played before the qualifying and elimination finals. So, which teams are likely to make the qualifying and elimination finals of the 2017 NRL season? Let’s find out.

Of the fourteen games that it had played till mid-June, Melbourne Storm won 12. Moreover, it had a points difference of +107 which was 25 points better than the points difference of second placed Sydney Roosters. Also, Melbourne had four more points than the team from Sydney. At the end of round fourteen, the top eight spots were occupied by the Melbourne Storm, the Sydney Roosters, Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks, Brisbane Broncos, Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles, St. George Illawarra, North Queensland Cowboys and Penrith Panthers. The rugby league odds back the top eight to be the same at the end of the round matches.

How do the matches work?

In case you didn’t know already, the top 8 teams at the end of the round games qualify for the qualifying and elimination finals. It’s 5th vs. 8th and 6th vs. 7th in the elimination finals and 1st vs. 4th and 2nd vs. 3rd in the qualifying finals. The winners of the elimination round will compete against the losers of the qualifying finals in the semi-finals. In the preliminary finals, the winners of the semi-finals will play against the team that wins the qualifying finals for a place in the season finale for 2017.

So, which teams are likely to make the qualifying finals and the elimination finals of the 2017 NRL season? Let’s find out.

Performance evaluation

Considering the performances of the teams so far, one team that is almost certain to make the qualifying finals is the Melbourne Storm. Teams that’ll battle it out for the remaining three spots in the qualifying finals of the 2017 NRL season include Sydney Roosters, Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks.

Brisbane Broncos, Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles, St. George Illawarra, North Queensland Cowboys. Of these teams, the Sydney Roosters and the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks have the most chances of making it to the qualifying finals.

That leaves only one spot to be occupied in the qualifying finals which could be taken by any one of Brisbane Broncos, Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles, St. George Illawarra and North Queensland Cowboys.

The aforementioned-teams are likely to make up the top 7 at the end of the round matches. This means that only one spot remains in the elimination finals to be occupied which is likely to be taken by one of Penrith Panthers, Parramatta Eels, Canberra raiders and New Zealand Warriors.