Round 26 was all about who would make the top 8. With some big games that would mean a team being knocked out as well as some games that didn't mean anything as both sides were already knocked out.
It was a huge match on Thursday night as the Rabbitohs took on the Roosters in a match many people think will be the same as the Grand Final. The Roosters were too good winning 22-18 thanks to a great performance from Mitchell Pearce who is playing well at the right time of the season.
The Brisbane Broncos would have liked to have beaten the Melbourne Storm on Friday night, but they were left to wait and see the other results as they lost 22-12. The Storm are a dangerous team and could be a team to watch out for in the finals as they look to be playing very well. They will be hoping Cameron Smith isn't too badly injured though as he left the field before half time.
The West Tigers defeated the Cronulla Sharks 26-10 and the Canberra Raiders defeated the Parramatta Eels 33-10 on Saturday. The Eels really fell away at the end of the season, they were looking good but loosing to the Raiders made sure that the Eels didn't make the finals.
Saturday night saw the North Queensland Cowboys in fine form as they defeated the Manly Sea Eagles 30-16. It wasn't Jonathan Thurston who was on fire, Robert Lui and Michael Morgan were very good and so were the big boys up front for the Cowboys.
Sunday saw two games that didn't really mean too much as teams were mainly playing for pride. The Newcastle Knights showed up however eager to finish a tough season on a high and were far too good for the Dragons, winning 40-10. On the Gold Coast the Titans upset the Bulldogs 19-18, but the Doggies were still able to make the top 8.
The big game of the weekend then came along with the Penrith Panthers hosting the New Zealand Warriors. The Warriors needed to win, or loose by less than 3 points to make the top 8 but they ended up being totally out played by a quality Panthers side. The Panthers won 22-6 to end the Warriors' season.