Wests Tigers have kept their finals hopes alive with a stunning last-gasp win over the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles on Saturday.
Trailing by 14 points late in the contest, Michael Maguire's side rallied with three late tries to secure a 34-32 victory — moving them within four points of the suspension-hit Cronulla Sharks after their heavy defeat to the Newcastle Knights.
Elsewhere, Penrith extended their winning streak to put one hand on the minor premiership while wins for the Storm, Eels and Roosters have seemingly locked in the top four.
At the other end of the ladder, North Queensland's Golden Point win over the Dragons on Sunday night saw them take another step away from the bottom with Brisbane one win above Canterbury in the fight to avoid the wooden spoon.
ROUND 17 RESULTS
- Penrith Panthers 25 def. Brisbane Broncos 12
- Newcastle Knights 38 def. Cronulla Sharks 10
- Melbourne Storm 22 def. South Sydney Rabbitohs 16
- Gold Coast Titans 18 def. Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 14
- Wests Tigers 34 def. Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 32
- Sydney Roosters 18 def. Canberra Raiders 6
- Parramatta Eels 24 def. New Zealand Warriors 18
- North Queensland Cowboys 23 def. St. George-Illawarra Dragons 22
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Cronulla will be without key duo Chad Townsend and Wade Graham for the next fortnight after the pair were charged in their defeat to Newcastle.
Broncos forward Jordan Riki is looking at a two-week suspension for his crusher tackle on Panthers halfback Nathan Cleary, while Cory Paix and Jamil Hopoate were also both reported by the Match Review Committee from the game.
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Post-Match: Botille Vette-Welsh
LATEST INJURY NEWS
Premiership-hopefuls Parramatta and Canberra both picked up key injuries over the weekend with Reed Mahoney (shoulder) and Josh Papalii (shoulder) both going down — both of which could have big implications for their title aspirations.
Bulldogs playmaker Kieran Foran (pec) will likely miss the rest of the season along with forward Dylan Napa (knee) and Manly winger Jorge Taufua (calf).
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ROUND 18 FIXTURES
Thursday, September 10
7:50pm — Wests Tigers vs. South Sydney Rabbitohs
Friday, September 11
6:00pm — Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs vs. Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles
7:55pm — Penrith Panthers vs. Parramatta Eels
Saturday, September 12
3:00pm — St. George-Illawarra Dragons vs. Canberra Raiders
5:30pm — Gold Coast Titans vs. Brisbane Broncos
7:35pm — Sydney Roosters vs. Newcastle Knights
Sunday, September 13
4:05pm — Melbourne Storm vs. North Queensland Cowboys
6:30pm — Cronulla Sharks vs. New Zealand Warriors