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NRL Power Rankings: Round 4 2024

April 2nd 2024, 11:48am, By: Scooby

NRL Power Rankings

Four rounds have been completed and the competition is beginning to take shape. With bumper crowds filling grounds each week, the game is in a great position. Teams appear even too in their potential and talent; it makes being a punter challenging but there is no greater ally in Before You Bet. Let’s take a look at how each team is performing so far this season, those teams to jump onto and those to avoid. 

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 4

This Week Last Week Change Team
#1 1 -

Penrith Panthers

No Cleary, no worries for the Panthers. They were the superior team against the Roosters and showed just how strong their depth is. More impressive was the way other players took control of the match. They have an extended break before their match against the Sea Eagles on Saturday. 

#2 3 +1

Melbourne Storm

A week off with the Bye has done their hopes no damage heading into their match on Thursday against the Broncos. The fact that they are at home will assist in their preparation. There is a lot to like about this team, quietly going about their business. 

#3 5 +2

Brisbane Broncos

Made a statement with a strong victory over the Cowboys. When they were expected to struggle, they rallied. Another tough test awaits in a road trip to Melbourne to face the Storm and player availability will again be an issue. Such victories will only build their character though. 

#4 2 -2

Sydney Roosters

A loss to an understrength Panthers outfit will leave many scratching their heads for answers. They are a better team than that effort suggests, and it is puzzling to make an excuse for that outcome. Perhaps they are not the team expected of them…. Just yet…

#5 6 +1

North Queensland Cowboys

Underperformed against the Broncos. They were defeated by a team which showed more desire to find the victory. There were some positives, but more is needed from this talented team. They face off against the Titans at home and will want to quickly bounce back to form. 

#6 8 +2

New Zealand Warriors

A character-building victory over the Knights at home in front of a packed stadium. There is a lot to like about the Warriors and this victory highlighted their strengths. Another tricky assignment awaits in a road match against the Rabbitohs but they are capable of handling this challenge. 

#7 4 -3

Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles

A horrible performance whereby their execution was abysmal. Not the same Manly team which has taken the field in matches so far this season. They need to bounce back with a strong performance this week but have the Panthers standing in their way. How they perform in this game will say a lot about their chances in 2024. 

#8 10 +2

Cronulla Sharks

Showed grit and determination to fight back at home against the Raiders. Overcame an 18-nil deficit and needed to after an upset loss to the Tigers the week before. They carry plenty of momentum into the Bye before playing the Rabbitohs. 

#9 9 -

Canberra Raiders

The ‘Faders’ tag is back, and it is appropriate after they failed to close out the result against the Sharks. That loss would’ve hurt this squad, especially on the back of a poor result the week prior. They now need to bounce back against the Eels but have the advantage of returning home to do it. 

#10 12 +2

The Dolphins

Were unconvincing in defeating the Titans but will take the 2-competition points on offer. They are a team which has improved each week and will need greater consistency against the better sides before they are taken seriously. The Tigers will pose as a delicate opponent this week. 

#11 7 -4

Parramatta Eels

No Moses was always going to be difficult, but they had enough to overcome the Tigers but failed in their quest. The Eels will need to find a quick solution, as a road trip down to Canberra awaits. The difference between them winning and losing is a matter of starting a game strongly and playing for 80 minutes. 

#12 13 +1

Wests Tigers

A thrilling 1-point win for the Tigers to make it consecutive victories. The young players in this team are starting to believe, while the ‘old heads’ appear rejuvenated in this system. While it is not time to celebrate, there is a lot to like about their performance thus far.

#13 11 -2

Newcastle Knights

Not what was needed from a team who wanted to compete for a victory. Unlucky to be so far down on the ladder but they are a better team than their performance suggests. They head home to host the Dragons in an important game. 

#14 15 +1

South Sydney Rabbitohs

A much-needed win against the Bulldogs. It was unconvincing to say the least but as admitted by the playing group, they just needed to find a way to win, and they did. It will boost their confidence. It will be needed too as they face the Warriors this week. 

#15 16 +1

St George-Illawarra Dragons

Captured victory in a poor showing against the Sea Eagles. Still, it will go a long way to lifting the confidence within this team. If such an effort were against a stronger opponent, they would’ve been on the receiving end of an embarrassing loss. Time to keep build on their momentum against the Knights. 

#16 14 -2

Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs

Tried hard against the Rabbitohs and failed to play for 80 minutes. Credit where credit is due; they hung in the first half of this match with grit and determination. They are unlucky to feature so low as they are improving each week. Another tough test is ahead against the Roosters.

#17 17 -

Gold Coast Titans

Best to put a line through them this year. They lack any spark across the park; their forwards are not feared by any team. Des Hasler has one of his greatest challenges as a coach ahead of him to turn around the fortunes of this club. 

 

Power Rankings Bet

It doesn’t get any simpler than avoiding the teams at the bottom of the rankings. It doesn’t sound like much, but it should be followed. With 4 rounds completed, it is probably worth watching a few games this week rather than investing on them, to allow a chance at saving your bank for future weeks. 

 

Futures Bets

The Storm to make the Top 4 ($2.15 at Ladbrokes) still represents value. This week is a big test, but it is not so much a matter of what they offer but rather, how others around them are performing. This has remained stable in recent weeks and will only shorten should they defeat the Broncos. 

 

Round 5 – First thoughts

The Storm and Broncos game is shaping as one of the best to open the round. They should head into that game as $1.90 each of two. It appears it will be a tight round in other matches too; perhaps this could be the time to ‘take stock’, watch the contests and plan for beyond this round rather than invest heavily. 

 

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