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NRL Power Rankings: Souths on top for the first time as Panthers slip

1. South Sydney Rabbitohs (Last Week: 2): Emphatic victory over the Eels, and with the worst part of the Origin period behind them, can dig their teeth into a soft schedule in the next few weeks.

2. St George Illawarra Dragons (3): Big win against Manly and they're showing no signs of the second half fade that cruelled them in 2017.

The Rabbitohs are looking strong as the season hits its stride.

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3. Penrith Panthers (1): A somewhat shocking loss to the Roosters as they were unceremoniously dumped off the top of the ladder.

4. Melbourne Storm (4): Too strong for the Knights, they'll continue to beat up on bad teams at home all year long.

5. New Zealand Warriors (5):After a hearty win in Townsville, how will they handle the rep weekend and a chunk of players going to America?

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6. Sydney Roosters (7): Were far too strong for the Panthers and look to finally be figuring everything out – timing their run well.

7. Brisbane Broncos (8): Their up-and-down season threw up another surprise result as they did enough to win at Shark Park.

8. Cronulla Sharks (6): A tough loss to the Broncos, but it took a miracle try to beat them in the end.

9. Canberra Raiders (9): If any team on the outside looking in is going to break into the finals, it'll probably be these guys. A different team with Josh Hodgson back.

10. Wests Tigers (10): A heavy defeat to the Raiders and dreams of the top eight – let alone the top four – are drifting further and further.

11. Gold Coast Titans (13): A big win at Belmore in what was their best performance of the year – a nice bounceback after last week's unlucky loss.

12. Newcastle Knights (11): A respectable showing when faced with the hardest of tasks – Melbourne in Melbourne. Finals look to be slipping away, but there's some promise for next year.

13. North Queensland Cowboys (12): Another home loss – this time to the Warriors – as their frustrating year continues.

14. Manly Sea Eagles (14): Well beaten by the Dragons and as off-field dramas rage on, they're just looking for the season to end.

15. Parramatta Eels (15): Grabbed a few tries against the Bunnies, but their non-existent defence was their undoing.

16. Canterbury Bankstown-Bulldogs (16): Blown off the park at their traditional home by the lowly Titans as Moses Mbye leaves the club. Not a great week.

Matt Bungard

Matt Bungard is a journalist for the Sydney Morning Herald.

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