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NRL: A look at the week ahead

South Sydney Rabbitohs versus Penrith Panthers is one of the highlights in the NRL in the week ahead, while there is also AFL, A-League and Super Pacific Rugby to look forward to.

The NRL continues to excite, with more golden-point drama in week seven. Most pundits and fans are agreed, this has been the greatest start to a season in a long while.

Long may it continue and looking at the fixture list week eight is shaping up to be another cracker.

We are also closing in on finals in the A-League and, with just two games of the regular season remaining, there is still much to settle.

There are some big games on the schedule with the race for the top six particularly tight.

The AFL is also hard to predict with the top teams struggling to find consistency, but again that makes for plenty of excitement as the games are wide open.

The Chiefs are dominating in Super Pacific Rugby, but the Brumbies are keeping the pressure on as we reach week nine of the competition.

Plenty to look forward to then, as the games in all four sports are coming thick and fast. Let’s take a closer look at what is on the agenda.

NRL: Bunnies and Panthers set to clash

Week eight of the NRL is split with six games taking place Thursday through to Sunday, with two on 25th April, which is Anzac Day.

The Anzac Day games see the St George Illawarra Dragons take on the Sydney Roosters and Melbourne Storm play New Zealand Warriors.

But the action gets underway on Thursday night with another potential blockbuster between the Rabbitohs and the Panther, with South Sydney priced at 2.60 to claim the win.

On Friday night the Brisbane Broncos will be out to continue their strong start to the season with a victory over the Parramatta Eels. The Broncos can be backed at 1.62, with the Eels 2.30.

There are two games on Saturday with the Canterbury Bulldogs taking on the Cronulla Sharks, while the North Queensland Cowboys play the Newcastle Knights.

There is another big Queensland derby to look forward to on Sunday with the Dolphins 1.75 to topple the Gold Coast Titans.

In the other game of the day, Wests Tigers are still looking for their first win of the season when they face Manly Sea Eagles.

A-League: Finals fast approaching

We are on to Matchday 25 of the A-League season, with just two rounds remaining before we play finals.

There is still plenty to sort out, including the make-up of the top six.

Western Sydney Wanderers and Wellington Phoenix get the action underway on Friday night, with the Nix still needing points to secure a place in the top six.

On Saturday Newcastle Jets will be out to boost their top-six hopes against Central Coast Mariners, while Melbourne City travel to Western United.

Sunday sees Melbourne Victory and Macarthur go head-to-head, while Perth Glory also entertain Adelaide United. There is also one game on the Monday with Sydney FC and Brisbane Roar in action.

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AFL: Saints v Blues the highlight

Week six of the AFL runs from Friday through to Tuesday, with the traditional Anzac Day clash between Collingwood and Essendon set to wrap things up.

Fremantle versus Western Bulldogs get the action underway on Friday night, with the Dockers priced at 1.85 to win on home soil.

There is also just one game on Saturday this week, with Greater Western Sydney taking on Brisbane Lions, who can be backed at 1.36.

Sunday sees a massive game at the top of the ladder with Carlton taking on St Kilda, while Hawthorn play the in-form Adelaide Crows and Gold Coast entertain North Melbourne.

On Monday Melbourne Demons and Richmond go head-to-head and both need a win after suffering disappointing defeats in week five.

Super Rugby: Chiefs march on

There are four games in week nine of Super Pacific Rugby and the Chiefs, who top the ladder, are looking unstoppable.

They sit top of the pile, with a game in hand, and are priced at 2.50 to go on and win the 2023 Grand Final.

The Chiefs get the action underway on Friday when they entertain Fijian Drua, while the Rebels also take on the Crusaders on the same day.

Then on Saturday it is the turn of the Blues, who face the Waratahs, while the Force entertain the Highlanders in Perth.

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