The Melbourne Storm's try-scoring revelation Suliasi Vunivalu.
The Melbourne Storm's try-scoring revelation Suliasi Vunivalu. JOE CASTRO

NRL finals equation: who can finish where?

AND so it comes down to the final round.

There's four teams vying for the final three spots in the 2017 NRL top eight and two clubs fighting to make the coveted top four.

Many teams need a win and many need other results to go their way.

Fox Sports Lab crunched the numbers to see the best and worst-case scenarios for every club still in the running.

STORM

Current: 1st, 42pts, +271.

Storm can't be removed from top spot.

ROOSTERS

Current: 2nd, 36pts, +68

Best: 2nd. If they win, or if they lose and the Broncos and Eels also lose.

Worst: 4th. They lose, Broncos win and Eels win and make up 36 points differential.

 

Halfback Mitchell Pearce is key to the Roosters' finals hopes.
Halfback Mitchell Pearce is key to the Roosters' finals hopes. CRAIG GOLDING

BRONCOS

Current: 3rd, 34pts, +154

Best: 2nd. They win, Roosters lose.

Worst: 4th. They lose and Eels win.

EELS

Current: 4th, 34pts, +33

Best: 2nd. They win, Roosters and Broncos lose.

Worst: 5th. They lose and Sharks win.

 

The Eels celebrate after scoring a try against the Broncos.
The Eels celebrate after scoring a try against the Broncos. JONO SEARLE

SHARKS

Current: 5th, 32pts, +61

Best: 3rd. They win, Broncos and Eels lose.

Worst: 7th. They lose, Cowboys win and make up 28 points differential and Panthers win OR Sea Eagles defeat Panthers and make up 38 points differential.

PANTHERS

Current: 6th, 30pts, +61

Best: 5th. They win, Sharks lose, Cowboys lose or don't win by 27 more points than Panthers.

Worst: 9th. They lose, Dragons win, Cowboys win and make up 27 points differential.

 

Halfback Nathan Cleary pulls many of the strings for the Panthers.
Halfback Nathan Cleary pulls many of the strings for the Panthers. CRAIG GOLDING

COWBOYS

Current: 7th, 30pts, +34

Best: 5th. Cowboys win and make up 28 points differential on Cronulla, who lose. Panthers then either lose or the Cowboys win by 27 more points than Penrith.

Worst: 9th. They lose, Sea Eagles win OR lose by 11 fewer points than the Cowboys lose, Dragons win.

SEA EAGLES

Current: 8th, 30pts, +24

Best: 5th. They beat Panthers, Sharks lose and Sea Eagles make up 38 points differential. Then Cowboys either lose or win by 11 fewer points than Manly.

Worst: 9th. They lose, Dragons win, Cowboys win or lose by 10 fewer points than Sea Eagles lose.

 

Fullback Tom Trbojevic is one of the Sea Eagles' danger men.
Fullback Tom Trbojevic is one of the Sea Eagles' danger men. DAVID ROWLAND

DRAGONS

Current: 9th, 28pts, +89

Best: 7th. They win, Cowboys lose, Sea Eagles and Panthers don't have a draw.

Worst: 10th. They lose, Raiders win.

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