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NRL Power Rankings: Round 14 2024

June 11th 2024, 2:51pm, By: Scooby

NRL Power Rankings

A reduced round of fixtures did little to take away from the exciting NRL action. Teams are positioning themselves to make a push towards the Top 8 with the run to the Finals looming. Elsewhere, others are struggling for momentum and are in desperate need to a change in form. There is still plenty on the line for every team in the competition and the fans are the ones who are benefitting most. Let’s look at how each team is performing after 14 rounds of the competition. 

Also, make sure to check out our NRL Tips page regularly where you'll find our previews and best bets for every games of the 2024 season.

2024 NRL Power Rankings – Round 14

This Week Last Week Change Team
#1 1 -

Melbourne Storm

Did enough to get a victory over the Knights at home. Would’ve wanted to put the result beyond doubt earlier than they did. It is a victory that they will take and, for a team who will only get better with returning players, it is a dangerous sign for the rest of the competition. They now hit the road to face the Warriors. 

#2 2 -

Penrith Panthers

Clinical in every sense of the word with a controlled 32-22 victory over the Sea Eagles. They will be frustrated by the fact that they conceded so many points to an inferior opponent but, like the Storm, they will only get better as players return. They head north to face the Knights. 

#3 4 +1

Cronulla Sharks 

A spirited victory over the Broncos on the road. Doubts which might linger of this team were again questioned. They need to perform when it is expected from them to silence the criticism. A blockbuster match against the Dolphins awaits. 

#4 3 -1

Brisbane Broncos

Will be frustrated they performed so poorly against a fellow contender. They are better than their 22-12 loss suggests. No time to dwell on that effort, they will want to bounce back with a strong performance against the Rabbitohs on the road. Returning players can only help their cause too. 

#5 5 -

Sydney Roosters

Enjoyed a week off with the Bye but failed to stay out of the headlines. Smith is proving an interesting issue for this club. If he comes out and performs strongly in the next few weeks, all will be forgiven. They travel to face a desperate Eels team in a testing clash. 

#6 7 +1

Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs

A tough, gritty performance in their win over the Eels. Showed every bit of promise and rewarded loyal home fans. The perfect momentum for an improving club to carry into the Bye. They now must maintain this standard. 

#7 8 +1

The Dolphins

A week off with the Bye and will be well prepared for their road match against the Sharks. Needed time away to allow players to return to full fitness. They will be desperate to make amends for their 1-point loss to the Raiders in Round 12.

#8 9 +1

New Zealand Warriors

A spirited and commanding 42-12 victory over the Cowboys on the road. It was a timely performance, with many doubting their credentials moving forward. Getting back to their best and will face another challenging test as they host the Storm. 

#9 6 -3

Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles

Had numerous opportunities to take the contest to the Panthers but failed to do so. Most would be happy with scoring 22 points, but it is in vain as they allowed their opponents to score 32. Consistently inconsistent. A tricky home match against the Dragons should provide an accurate guide with the mindset of this club. 

#10 11 +1

Canberra Raiders

Enjoyed the Bye on the back of their 1-point victory over the Dolphins. Still, plenty of unknown about this club but you cannot knock winning form. They’ve jumped to 5th on the competition ladder and remain at home to host the Cowboys in Round 15. 

#11 10 -1

Newcastle Knights

A spirited display which has been vastly different to what they have produced in recent weeks. Were a chance of upsetting the Storm but fell short in their 36-28 loss. If they play to this level each week, they are a chance of defeating anyone in the competition. They head home to host the Panthers in another difficult fixture. 

#12 14 +2

St George-Illawarra Dragons

Were trailing 10-nil at one point but went on to score 56 points in their commanding victory over the Tigers. When they are playing with confidence, few teams can halt their momentum. Their opponents were powerless to do so. They need to find the secret to producing this each week without the negatives which hold them back. 

#13 16 +3

South Sydney Rabbitohs

Excitingly good in their 46-12 win over the Titans on the road. Looked to have their ‘mojo’ back, with the form of key individuals positively contributing to the success of the team. If they can maintain this standard, they will push for a spot in the Top 8. A tough challenge awaits as they host the Broncos. 

#14 15 +1

Parramatta Eels

Upset by the Bulldogs, with a spirited team getting the better of them. They can learn a lot from their opponent’s desire and drive. They head home to face the Roosters and, with several players a chance at representative honours, could be ready to bounce back strongly. 

#15 13 -2

Gold Coast Titans

Failed, yet again, to capitalise on several factors in their 46-12 loss to the Rabbitohs at home. The key to unlocking the potential of the Titans is going to take all Halser’s experience. Even still, it appears as though the challenge is too much. 

#16 10 -6

North Queensland Cowboys

What is going on at the Cowboys?! Payten is likely to be the next coached sacked if similar performances to their 42-12 loss to the Warriors at home continue. It doesn’t get any easier either as they head on the road to face the Raiders. Could this be the coaches last hurrah? 

#17 17 -

Wests Tigers

Things were looking promising as they lead the Dragons 10-nil. That quickly changed, as they were handed a 56-14 loss. Noise around young players wanting to leave only returns the Tigers to the ‘dark old days’ and the media will take any opportunity to kick this team while they are down. 

 

Power Rankings Bet

The Cowboys, Titans and Tigers should be avoided. That is not ‘breaking news’ by any means but they are 3 teams who appear to be struggling. You should also be cautious of the Sea Eagles; they play without consistency and could be anything, but also defeated poorly if they are not ‘switched on’. 

 

Futures Bets

$2.25 for the Bulldogs to make the Top 8 is stealing money. Outside of that, the Rabbitohs are $21 are and you could do a lot worse than backing them, especially considering the Cowboys are still $2.50 (they should be $10.50+).

 

Round 15 – First thought

Several players will be out to push their case for Origin selection this week. Expect strong performances from numerous players that will push their case. This is likely to have a strong influence on the Eels, Rabbitohs and Roosters. 

 

Neds

 

Scooby is our NRL guru with over ten years experience writing about rugby league with Before You Bet and previously at The Profits. His background is in playing and coaching but he's enjoyed the switch to share his knowledge through his articles, as well as sharing his thoughts on Twitter.

Scooby's strength is assessing the overall team - what they offer across the field in a match and how the ethos of a club contributes to their success. Momentum also has a major impact on sports, and Scooby likes to explore this, while underpinning his judgement against a solid basis of statistical analysis. When combined with the aforementioned points, it combines for a holistic approach towards betting on rugby league.

Other sports he enjoys include Cricket, Horse Racing and NFL. There is a reason why Scooby ‘clicked’ with BYB from Day 1 - he loves his sport as much as we do.

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