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NRL Power Rankings: Round 17 2024

July 2nd 2024, 12:54pm, By: Scooby

NRL Power Rankings

The business end of the season is quickly approaching. While most teams are preparing themselves for a run towards the Finals, others are busy keeping their hopes alive or making gains on opponents while others are distracted by the representative period. The NRL competition is one of the most even in recent memory and with many teams capable of performing well each week, the NRL Power Rankings is here to provide an accurate judgement on how each team is performing. 

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 17

This Week Last Week Change Team
#1 1 -

Melbourne Storm

Business as usual for the Storm, overcoming the omission of several key players to record a 10-point win over the Raiders at home. Their depth is to be admired and, scarily, they are still not at their best. Hit to road to face the Tigers to keep their standing at the top of the NRL ladder. 

#2 3 +1

Sydney Roosters

Made a statement with a commanding victory over the Tigers. While their opponents were weak, you cannot overlook the way they are winning matches. Host the Dragons and can push their way into the Top 4 with a victory.  

#3 2 -1

Penrith Panthers

A home loss to the Cowboys is hardly anything to be concerned about when you see the talent which was missing from their team. Still sitting 2nd on the competition ladder and have a tough test against the Broncos on the road to return to winning form. Their machine-like system should recalibrate in time. 

#4 7 +3

Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 

It is time to take notice of the Bulldogs! They held their nerve and took their chances against the Sharks. A spirited effort will always make them tough to defeat. Host the Warriors and will need to be at their best to keep their momentum going. 

#5 4 -1

The Dolphins

Underwhelming against the Dragons in a game they should’ve been better in. Their defence appeared to regress. Perhaps that is being too harsh, but they are entitled to be better. Have a week off with the Bye before hosting the Rabbitohs. 

#6 5 -1

Cronulla Sharks

Defeated by the Bulldogs, leaving them on a 2-game losing streak. Perhaps, they are not as good as their early season form suggested. Head to Coffs Harbour to host the Titans and need a win to stay inside the Top 4. 

#7 6 -1

Brisbane Broncos

Chose to rest their Origin stars and were handed a loss to the Warriors on the road. Had their chances but now, they are in dangerous territory. Their draw is tough too. Should get better with tier stars returning but they can ill afford a slip up moving forward. 

#8 10 +2

Newcastle Knights

Spirited in their 34-26 win over the Eels. Needed such an effort and can be proud of how they performed in front of their home fans. Hit the road to face the Raiders and will want a victory to keep their Finals hopes alive. 

#9 8 -1

Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles

Will be buoyed by the impending return of Tommy Turbo to their team. A week off allows this club to regroup amid a horror injury toll. A trip to Townsville to face the Cowboys is the test they need to bounce back to winning form and climb back up the ladder. 

#10 9 -1

South Sydney Rabbitohs

Enjoyed a 4-game winning streak with a Bye. Face a challenge against a desperate Eels team on Thursday to make it 5 wins in a row. How they perform in this match will provide an accurate judgement on where this team is at. Building nicely but it could easily fall apart. 

#11 14 +3

St George-Illawarra Dragons

A terrific defensive effort against the Dolphins, delivering a character-building victory. Must build on that and will be further tested against the Roosters this week. When they are at their best, they are an entertaining team to watch. 

#12 11 -1

North Queensland Cowboys

Tried hard against the Panthers on the road and were rewarded with a victory. Maintain contact with the Top 8 with that win and will need more to regain form. Head home to host the Sea Eagles and will welcome back a host of players from representative duty. 

#13 16 +3

New Zealand Warriors

Bounced back to winning form with a much-needed win over the Broncos at home. The performance of their halves again raised eyebrows, as did the omission of others. Whether they are back to form will be proven in their road match against the Bulldogs next week. 

#14 14 -

Parramatta Eels

Unable to defeat the Knights on the road, coming up short in key areas. It was a must-win match for their hopes and the fact that they couldn’t deliver indicates how far they have fallen. Another tough challenge awaits as they host the Rabbitohs. 

#15 15 -

Gold Coast Titans

Had a week off with the Bye following their 60-point win over the Warriors. Head on the road to face the Sharks in Coffs Harbour and will want to continue their improvement. There is a lot to like about their most recent effort but, as always with the Titans, consistency is the key. 

#16 13 -4

Wests Tigers

A reality check to halt a 2-game winning streak. They were the inferior team and while they can draw positives from their previous two weeks, the quality of opponents masked their defensive shortcomings. Still, they tried hard. It doesn’t get any easier with a home match against the Storm. 

#17 17 -

Canberra Raiders

Were better than last week but still lack quality. They are sitting as low as they are because they should be performing better. A home game against the Knights will indicate how they are moving forward and whether they hold onto their spot in the Top 8.

 

Power Rankings Bet

The Raiders, Cowboys, Tigers, Warriors, and Titans should be avoided. There is no confidence around any of these teams now. You could probably chuck 2-3 more teams into this category as well. Moral of the story: invest cautiously over the next few weeks until a clearer picture emerges. 

 

Futures Bets

The Storm are still $4.75 to win the competition and should only get better with players returning. The Panthers ($3.10) still represent the preferred selection but that can easily change if a few key players are ruled out. At the other end of the ladder, there are 4-5 genuine claims for the Wooden Spoon. 

 

Round 18 – First thought

The Rabbitohs have a point to prove but the Eels will not lie down easily. Elsewhere, other teams high on the ladder (Sharks & Panthers) will want to bounce back to winning form but may find it challenging against teams from Queensland. 

 

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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