Finals football remains September goal

Fans watch the Wests Tigers beat the Canberra Raiders 19-18 in their NRL match at Campbelltown Sports Stadium. Picture: Jonathan Ng
Fans watch the Wests Tigers beat the Canberra Raiders 19-18 in their NRL match at Campbelltown Sports Stadium. Picture: Jonathan Ng

Mathematically there is still hope Wests Tigers will be playing finals football in September.

Teams on 24 or 26 competition points after the regular season is complete usually feature in the finals.

Two points are already guaranteed with the bye in round 18 which means Wests Tigers only need to win five or six from their last nine games.

Improbable? Likely. Impossible? Definitely not.

Round 17, Parramatta Eels @ ANZ Stadium

Send bodies at Chris Sandow and the scoreboard will keep ticking over. Prediction: win.

Round 19, Brisbane @ Suncorp Stadium

One of the hardest road trips a side can face. A fait accompli unfortunately: Prediction: loss.

Round 20, Sydney Roosters @ ANZ Stadium

Everyone hates the Roosters. Let's hope the footy gods do, too. Prediction: win.

Round 21, Melbourne Storm @ Leichhardt Oval

Three losses from three games at the iconic venue this year. Players will rise like a hot air balloon for this one. Prediction: Big win.

Round 22, Canberra Raiders @ GIO Stadium

Revenge is a dish best served cold. No better way to make up for the defeat at Leichhardt in round 7 than with a win in the nation's frosty capital. Prediction: win.

Round 23, Newcastle Knights @ Campbelltown

Novacastrians? More like nova-castrated. Prediction: win.

Round 24, Cronulla Sharks @ Remondis Stadium.

The peptide (get it?) will turn on Wests Tigers. Prediction: loss.

Round 25, New Zealand Warriors @ Campbelltown

Seriously? Wests Tigers will put on 50 plus. Prediction: win.

Round 26, St George Illawarra Dragons @ ANZ Stadium

Benji Marshall forgets who he's playing for and throws a flick pass intercept to Pat Richards to seal the game. Viva 2005. Prediction: win.

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