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NRL: Top trio face must win games

There are three NRL games to look forward to on Saturday with Parramatta Eels, Cronulla Sharks and Sydney Roosters all jostling for position in the top eight.

With three games of the regular season remaining there is plenty to play for with spots in the top four still up for grabs so every point is crucial.

Parramatta get proceedings underway on Saturday when they entertain the Canterbury Bulldogs and two points will be an absolute must if they are to keep their top-four hopes alive.

As for the Cronulla Sharks they are battling with the North Queensland Cowboys for second spot and a guaranteed home final, so they cannot afford any slip ups either when they travel to Brookvale Oval to take on Manly Sea Eagles.

The final game of the day is a big one for the Sydney Roosters when they entertain the Wests Tigers at the SCG.

Trent Robinson’s side have work to do to hold on to eighth spot and play finals so a victory over the Tigers is a must.

It is all set up for a great day of NRL footy so let’s take a closer look at each team with the action not far away.

What: Parramatta Eels v Canterbury Bulldogs
Where: CommBank Stadium, Sydney
When:  15:00 (AEST) Saturday 20th August 2022
How to watch: Kayo, Foxtel

The Eels continue to be hit and miss in the 2022 NRL campaign and unless they can find some consistency the season looks set to end in more disappointment.

Brad Arthur’s men have proven they can beat anyone on their day. Indeed they are the only team to beat Penrith this season. Not once but twice.

However they also have horror performances in them as was proven earlier this season when Saturday’s opponents the Bulldogs beat them by 30 points.

They have slipped up against so-called lesser opposition at CommBank Stadium this season and cannot afford a repeat in this game as they look to keep their top-four hopes alive.

The Eels are boosted by the return of star playmaker Mitch Moses who has been missing with a broken finger.

Canterbury Bulldogs have improved of late but a tough schedule caught up with them as they were thrashed by the Warriors last week.

A week of rest will have done them good and they are boosted by the return of Luke Thompson and Tevita Pangai jnr.

What: Manly Sea Eagles v Cronulla Sharks
Where: 4 Pines Park, Sydney
When: 17:30 (AEST) Saturday 20th August 2022
How to watch: Kayo, Foxtel

The Sea Eagles have seen their hopes of making the top eight and playing finals blown apart after losing four games on the bounce.

However they will be keen to get back to winning ways in front of their loyal supporters. That will not be easy against a Sharks side that are flying high and still have hopes of finishing second on the ladder.

With games against the Sea Eagles, Bulldogs and Knights to come, they have a real chance of doing so but there can be no room for complacency.

They are playing exciting footy and have won the last three games on the bounce. Coach Craig Fitzgibbon has worked wonders in his first year to turn them into genuine premiership contenders.

There is no Toby Rudolf after the prop was ruled out for a month with a medial injury but the return of Matt Moylan and Connor Tracey is a huge boost.

Manly have been hit by the news fullback Reuben Garrick has been ruled along with star lock Jake Trbojevic.

What: Sydney Roosters v Wests Tigers
Where: SCG, Sydney
When: 19:35 (AEST) Saturday 20th August 2022
How to watch: Channel 9, Kayo, Foxtel

The Wests Tigers have had a season to forget and with just three games remaining the aim is to now earn enough points to avoid picking up the first wooden spoon in their history.

They hope to embark on a bright new era under Tim Sheens, Benji Marshall and Robbie Farah in 2023 and need to start building some momentum now.

A win over the Roosters would be a good place to start and they are boosted by the return of Ken Maumalo who has recovered from a knee injury.

The Roosters are out to make finals for a sixth consecutive season but have a bit of work to do as the Raiders are breathing down their neck.

However they are in good form and with James Tedesco at the top of his game they could go a long way in finals if they come through the next three games.

The next two games are against the Storm and Rabbitohs, which makes a win over the Tigers even more important.

They have scored 182 points in the last five games, averaging just over 36 a game, so are hitting form at just the right time.

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