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NRL Power Rankings: Round 18 2024

July 9th 2024, 10:19am, By: Scooby

NRL Power Rankings

With State of Origin Game 3 on the horizon, NRL clubs are preparing themselves to make a push towards the Finals. There are just two more weekends of reduced fixtures ahead then all attention will be towards the teams finishing in the Top 8. Pressure is building on many, while others are quietly going about their work and achieving success. The NRL ladder doesn’t tell the full story, so the Power Rankings are here to provide an accurate account of 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 18

This Week Last Week Change Team
#1 1 -

Melbourne Storm

Did enough to defeat the Tigers comfortably. The ease at which they can ignite their attack is excitingly good. Are as damaging as ever and still haven’t fielded a full-strength team. Have the Bye before hosting the Roosters in a blockbuster match. 

#2 2 -

Sydney Roosters

Physically dominated the Dragons in a bruising match. Their forwards are strong, and their backline is growing in confidence. Will only get better too. Have a week off with the Bye before traveling to Melbourne to face the Storm. 

#3 3 -

Penrith Panthers

Showed their class in defeating the Broncos. Had their opponents covered in all areas and were relentless over 80 minutes. Like the two teams above them, they will only get better with players returning. Have a Bye before hosting the Dolphins. 

#4 4 -

Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 

A gritty, determined victory against the Warriors. They would’ve easily given up that match in previous years. This team is gathering momentum and growing in confidence. Have the Bye before traveling to Townsville to face the Cowboys. 

#5 5 -

The Dolphins

Needed the Bye as they were amid a horror run of injuries. Will be tested against the Rabbitohs without their Origin players but this will also impact their opponents. Must continue to build a strong foundation defensively.

#6 8 +2

Newcastle Knights

Overcame the Raiders on the road in an important victory. Having Ponga return added another dimension to their attack. Such victories will only build their confidence. Travel to face the Sea Eagles next week, the first of 3 challenging matches ahead. 

#7 9 +2

Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles

Scrapped home in Golden Point against the Cowboys. Needed that victory as it was looking dire for this club had they lost. Their resolve was good, it is now time to focus on consistency. Host the Knights next week and will do it tough without their Origin stars. 

#8 7 -1

Brisbane Broncos

Tried hard but were outplayed in all areas by the Panthers. It shows that this young team still has a way to go before they contend with the top teams in 2024. Host the Dragons this week and will be challenged without their Origin players to call upon. 

#9 6 -3

Cronulla Sharks

Have lost 5 of their past 6 matches and are struggling for confidence. Their resolute defensive structure from earlier in the year has abandoned them. In need of a drastic change and hosting the Tigers is no easy starting point. 

#10 10 -

South Sydney Rabbitohs

Easily accounted for the Eels to make it 5 consecutive victories. Will do it tough without Mitchell for the next month. They cannot afford many more losses if they want to push for the Top 8 following their poor start to the season. Head on the road to face the Dolphins next week. 

#11 11 -

St George-Illawarra Dragons

Outplayed physically by the Roosters. The final score didn’t indicate how well they played at times. Capable on their day but this was a reality check for a team who wants to get better. Lose their Origin stars for a crucial game against the Broncos in Brisbane. 

#12 15 +3

Gold Coast Titans

Caused an upset with a determined 4-point win over the Sharks. That performance should grow their confidence but, as usual, consistency is the key. How they perform this week when they host the Eels will determine how far they have improved. 

#13 13 -

New Zealand Warriors

Competed with the Bulldogs but failed to land the finishing touches in their 1-point loss. Are still considered a better team without Johnson. They have a week off with the Bye to prepare for their road match against the Raiders. They need to put together victories if they want to maintain contact with the Top 8. 

#14 12 -2

North Queensland Cowboys

Narrowly defeated by 1-point in Golden Point by the Sea Eagles. The fact that this talented team, with plenty of representative stars, couldn’t win at home, indicates everything which is wrong with this club. Have the Bye before hosting the Bulldogs, in a game they must win at home. 

#15 14 -1

Parramatta Eels

Something is wrong both on and off the field for the Eels. News that a post-match blowup from a key player isn’t going to help either. Maybe impending news of a coach for 2025 will spark some players into action for their road match against the Titans. 

#16 16 -

Wests Tigers

Focussing on the positives: they were great in attack. Some of their tries, against the competition leaders, were impressive. They are a much-improved team compared to previous years. Are a genuine chance of defeating the Sharks at home. 

#17 17 -

Canberra Raiders

Another team who has given up a match at home. Returning players will boost the strength of this team but they are far from a polished product. A week off should allow them time to convene and prepare for a Top 8 push, which begins when they host the Warriors. 

 

Power Rankings Bet

The top 5 teams in these rankings seem to be better than most others now but this can quickly change. What is clear is that teams like the Eels and Tigers should be outsiders for all matches they play. The Warriors, Titans and Rabbitohs are not far behind them either. 

 

Futures Bets

The Dolphins are still $2 to make the Top 8. That seems like an easy way to double your money (you’ll just have to wait a while to collect). At the other end of the ladder, the Eels ($2.40) represent the best value in the ‘Most Losses’ market. 

 

Round 19 – First thought

The final major Bye week will cause havoc so, as always with this time of the year, invest sparingly. The quality lost gives teams like the Tigers, Dragons and Knights a good chance of winning in matches they would otherwise be outsiders for. 

 

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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