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NRL: A look at the week ahead

There is no AFL action in the week ahead as they take a short break before the finals but there is still plenty to look forward to with round 24 of the NRL taking place while the Wallabies and Baggy Greens are both in action.

The AFL will return in the first week of September with the finals series set to get underway but there is no shortage of action down under in the week ahead.

There are still two weeks of NRL action to go before we hit finals and there is still a bit to sort out.

The Penrith Panthers have been crowned minor premiers following another outstanding season but it is still very tight in the race to finish second and also book a spot in the all-important top four.

We also have Rugby Union action to look forward to with the Wallabies back in action following a humiliating defeat to Argentina last week. They will be keen to bounce back but it will not be easy against the world champions South Africa.

Meanwhile the Australian men’s cricket team also make a return and will face Zimbabwe in the first of three One Day International matches.

A lot to look forward to so let’s take a closer look at what is on the agenda.

NRL – Rabbitohs versus Cowboys the highlight

There are two rounds of the NRL home and away season remaining and round 24 gets underway with a big game at Suncorp Stadium on Thursday night when the Brisbane Broncos entertain the Parramatta Eels.

The Eels have been shaky but still have a chance of making the top four and need a win to keep their hopes alive, while the Broncos have won just one out of the last four and are not yet guaranteed a place in the top eight.

Melbourne Storm will be looking to consolidate fourth spot when they take on the Sydney Roosters on Friday night.

The Storm look to have hit their straps following a crushing 60-12 win over the Brisbane Broncos last week, while the Roosters are also in good touch. So the game has all the makings to be a good one.

Meanwhile minor premiers Penrith Panthers are also in action on the Friday night when they entertain the New Zealand Warriors.

There is a huge game on Saturday when second-placed North Queensland Cowboys take on a South Sydney Rabbitohs side that are many peoples outsiders to go on and win the premiership.

The Cronulla Sharks sit third and will be looking to keep the heat on the Cowboys with a win over the Bulldogs. The Raiders, who still have hopes of squeezing into the eight are also in action when they play the Manly Sea Eagles in the nation’s capital.

On Sunday we switch to the battle to avoid the wooden spoon as bottom of the pile Wests Tigers are at home to the Dragons, while the Gold Coast Titans, who are second bottom, take on the Newcastle Knights.

Rugby Uniion - Wallabies out to shock South Africa

What: Australia v South Africa
Where: Adelaide Oval, Adelaide
When: 15:30 (AEST) Saturday 27th August 2022
How to watch: Channel 9, Stan Sport
Odds: Australia 7/5, South Africa 29/50

The Wallabies have been licking their wounds after suffering a humiliating 48-17 defeat against Argentina in the Rugby Championship last week.

This after beating the Pumas 41-26 in the opening game of the Championship. Wallabies coach Dave Rennie will be demanding a response from his players and getting one over on the world champions would be a great way to bounce back.

Thankfully for the Wallabies it looks as though a number of key players are set to return to the side following injury and suspension.

They will need to be at the top of their game if they are to overcome the Springboks.

Cricket - Australia return to action against Zimbabwe 

What: Australia v Zimbabwe
Where: Riverway Stadium, Townsville
When: 09:40 (AEST) Sunday 28th August 2022
How to watch: Foxtel, Kayo

It is about to get hectic for the Australian cricket team with some huge games in all formats on the agenda for the rest of 2022.

It all begins with three One Day Internationals against Zimbabwe, all to be played within the space of a week, before they go on to tackle New Zealand in three ODIs.

There can be no room for complacency against Zimbabwe and the Aussies will be keen to hit the ground running.

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