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NRL: A look ahead to next week

Both the NRL and AFL are closing in on finals so there is a big week of action to look forward to, while the Wallabies will be out to wrap up a 2-0 series win over Argentina.

It has been an exciting season in both the AFL and NRL in 2022 and there is much more to come as the regular home and away season draws to a close.

Finals are a matter of weeks away and there is plenty to sort out before then with ladder position of course crucial to a team’s chances of going well.

There are some big games in the week ahead, while the Wallabies are also in action when they take on Argentina once again.

Dave Rennie’s side romped to a 41-26 victory over the Pumas on Saturday and will be looking for the same again in the second clash.

Another bumper week of sporting action look forward to so let’s take a closer look at was is on the agenda.

Panthers set for Storm test

There are just four weeks of the regular season remaining and apart from Penrith looking nailed on to win the minor premiership, everything else remains up in the air. The Panthers are priced at 21/20 to win the grand final.

The Panthers kick-off round 22 with a big game against the Melbourne Storm on the Thursday night and will be out to consolidate their healthy lead at the top of the ladder.

The Storm are back on track with back-to-back wins but still have work to do if they are to finish in the top four.

The big game on Friday night sees fifth take on sixth when the Parramatta Eels entertain the South Sydney Rabbitohs.

Both sides are in with a chance of making the top four and if the Rabbitohs can win they will join the Eels on 28 points.

In the other game on Friday night the Canterbury Bulldogs will look to continue their recent revival when they take on the New Zealand Warriors in Auckland.

On Saturday there is a huge game in Townsville when North Queensland Cowboys, who sit second on the ladder, take on the Sydney Roosters.

The Roosters are hanging on to eighth spot by their finger nails with the Raiders on their coattails.

Elsewhere on Saturday, the high-flying Sharks face a tricky trip to take on a Wests Tigers side that have found some form, while the Brisbane Broncos will be expecting nothing other than two points against Newcastle.

The action is wrapped up on Sunday when the Canberra Raiders take on the Dragons, while the Gold Coast Titans play the Manly Sea Eagles.

St Kilda chasing the top eight

There are just two rounds of the home and away season to go and a lot could be sorted out in week 22 of the comp.

The battle to make the eight is hotting up and St Kilda, who sit in ninth, face a huge game on Friday night when they entertain a Brisbane side that still have hopes of scraping into the top four.

On Saturday there is another massive game when reigning premiers Melbourne take on Carlton. Out of all the sides in the eight, Carlton look most vulnerable and have a tough run-in.

It is also derby day in Perth as the high-flying Dockers take on lowly West Coast Eagles at Optus Stadium.

Elsewhere on Saturday, ladder-leaders Geelong will be looking to make it 12 wins on the spin when they travel to the Gold Coast to take on the Suns.

The Western Bulldogs also take on GWS and Adelaide will entertain North Melbourne.

Sunday sees second-placed Collingwood in action when they take on a Sydney side looking to make the top four.

Richmond need to beat Hawthorn to keep their place in the eight while Essendon v Port Adelaide wraps up the round on Sunday night.

Wallabies to face Pumas

The Wallabies bounced back from the disappointing series defeat against England by beating Argentina 41-26 at Estadio Malvinas Argentinas on Saturday.

They had a bit of a scare as they were trailing 19-10 at the break before fighting back after half-time to take the win.

The win was even more impressive as they had to cope with the loss of influential skipper Michael Hooper, who has pulled out of the tour due to mental health issues.

It is a huge year for the Wallabies as they prepare for the 2023 Rugby World Cup and Rennie will want another win against the Pumas this Saturday.

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