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Aussie Rules: A look at the week ahead

We have a big week of sporting action to look forward to as the final round of the AFL home and away season takes place, there are some huge games in the NRL while a couple of Aussies begin their quest to win the Vuelta Espana.

It is that time of year where both AFL and NRL fans start to get really excited as finals are almost here.

The AFL will play their final round of the regular season and there is still plenty to sort out with the placings in the top eight still to be decided.

It is the same in the NRL, although there are still three rounds to play. The top eight looks decided but the jostling for position in there still makes the competition very exciting.

Finishing in the top two and top four can make all the difference and it is tighter than ever.

We then switch sports to cycling and Australia have a couple of big hopes with the third and final Grand Tour of the season, the Vuelta Espana, set to get underway on Friday.

There is plenty to look forward to so let’s take a closer look at the week ahead.

AFL – Who is going to make the top four?

Geelong could have the minor premiership in the bag already. They sit eight points clear at the top of the ladder and are now looking good to go all the way and win the grand final.

The Cats entertain struggling West Coast in the final round and will be motivated to keep the winning streak going as they head into finals.

However there is a lot to sort out below them. Second place is still up for grabs, so is a place in the top four.

The final round gets underway with a huge game at the Gabba on Friday night when Brisbane entertain reigning premiers Melbourne.

Whoever wins this one will be guaranteed top four and could even sneak a top-two spot so the stakes are very high.

On Saturday Fremantle travel to GWS and a victory should see them jump over either Brisbane or Melbourne and into the top four.

Elsewhere Richmond are also in action on Sunday when they take on Essendon away, while North Melbourne entertain the Gold Gold Suns and Port Adelaide take on the Adelaide Crows in the big South Australian derby.

Sunday looks like being a huge day. The highlight of which is a clash between two big rivals, Collingwood and Carlton, at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

The MCG will be packed to rafters and Collingwood could be looking to secure a place in the top two by taking the win. Carlton on the other hand may need to win to finish in finals, depending on results elsewhere.

St Kilda also take on the Sydney Swans, while the Western Bulldogs travel to Hawthorn and there is a lot riding on both of those games also.

So strap yourself in, we are set for an epic final round of action.

NRL – Rabbitohs look to keep on bouncing

Barring something of a miracle, the top eight of the NRL looks set with three rounds remaining. However positions within the top eight need to be sorted so every game is crucial.

There is an awesome game to get the round underway when the in-form South Sydney Rabbitohs take on ladder-leaders Penrith on Thursday night. It is conceivable the bunnies could still grab second spot on the ladder.

On Friday night the North Queensland Cowboys will be out to hold on to second when they take on the New Zealand Warriors, while there is also another huge game that night when the Brisbane Broncos take on Melbourne Storm.

On Saturday Parramatta Eels need to bounce back from a defeat when they take on the Canterbury Bulldogs, high-flying Cronulla Sharks travel to Manly, while Sydney Roosters entertain Wests Tigers.

To wrap up round 23 on the Sunday, the Dragons take on the Titans and the Knights play the Raiders.

Cycling – Aussies battle for Vuelta glory

The final Grand Tour of the season gets underway on Friday and Australia have a couple of big hopes in the Vuelta Espana.

Jai Hindley already has one Grand Tour victory to his name this season after becoming the first Australian to win the Giro d’Italia and the Bora Hansgrohe rider is now targeting his second.

Meanwhile fellow West Australian Ben O’Connor will be hoping to bounce back following an injury-hit Tour de France to also battle for the General Classification.

The Australian team BikeExchange – Jayco also have Simon Yates going for the GC and a number of Aussies capable of battling for stage wins.

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