Power Rankings, form, Round 11, Roosters, Sam Walker, Sea Eagles, Tom Trbojevic, Cowboys, Chad Townsend

The Roosters appear to be timing their run perfectly as they pushed into the top four on the ladder on the back of a Sam Walker masterclass.

Meanwhile, the Sea Eagles are in free fall after conceding 37 points a game over the last four rounds as the Cowboys continued their hot streak with a fifth straight win.

Read on for the latest NRL Power Rankings ahead of Round 11.

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16. BULLDOGS

Last week’s ranking: 14th (down two spots)

The battle of the cellar dwellers was always going to decide the bottom spot on the power rankings and unfortunately the Bulldogs couldn’t beat the Knights, who had lost seven games in a row. The dour 16-6 loss summed up the Bulldogs’ season as they struggled to show any potency in attack, despite the Knights leaking points at will so far in 2022. Things got a fair bit worse in the aftermath of the loss with coach Trent Barrett falling on his sword and the club is in turmoil with rumours players could follow him out the door as Brent Naden already has. Matt Dufty’s form is particularly poor to the point Josh Addo-Carr looks set for a switch to fullback this week, which shows the Bulldogs need to try things under their interim coach Michael Potter to turn things around or the wooden spoon is theirs for another year.

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Matt Dufty’s form has been down in recent weeks.Source: Getty Images

15. TIGERS

Last week’s ranking: 12th (down three spots)

The back-to-back wins over the Eels and Rabbitohs now look a long time ago, with the Tigers losing their third straight in a convincing 36-12 defeat to the Cowboys. Granted the Tigers have had a wretched run with injuries and they welcome back some much needed cavalry this week. However, a hamstring injury to Luke Brooks won’t help their cohesion in attack, which is struggling to score points in recent weeks. The Tigers are desperately missing Daine Laurie at the back and they can’t get Adam Doueihi back on the field soon enough. However, after conceding 36 points in back-to-back games the Tigers need to address their defence and if they can’t find a way to beat the Bulldogs this week it is curtains for their finals hopes.

The Tigers were totally outplayed by the Cowboys.Source: Getty Images

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14. KNIGHTS

Last week’s ranking: 16th (up two spots)

It may not have been pretty, but after seven straight defeats the Knights simply had to get the job done against the Bulldogs and they did that to snap their seven game losing streak. Kalyn Ponga put in a solid performance at fullback, while Bradman Best had his best game of the season in the centres. However, it was improved performances from props David Klemmer and Daniel Saifiti and Mitch Barnett back from suspension that set up this win. Anthony Milford returns to the NRL in Round 11 to take on the high flying Broncos, which should hopefully help ignite their spluttering attack, but the Knights need to maintain the rage defensively to give themselves a chance.

The Knights snapped a seven-game losing streak.Source: Getty Images

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13. WARRIORS

Last week’s ranking: 13th (no movement)

The Warriors first half in their clash against the Rabbitohs could have seen them plummet to the bottom of the power rankings after they found themselves down 26-0 at one stage in a diabolical performance. To their credit they launched a spirited comeback in the second half to go down 32-30 in a nailbiter. Reece Walsh’s brilliance almost single-handedly got the Warriors an unlikely win, but it was too little too late. Nathan Brown is under pressure to get some consistency out of his team and fast or they won’t be playing finals footy this season.

Reece Walsh got the Warriors back in the game.Source: Supplied

12. TITANS

Last week’s ranking: 15th (up three spots)

It wasn’t pretty, but after five losses on the trot the Titans just had to find a way to win and they did that with a Jamyne Isaako’s golden point try in a 20-16 victory. Jayden Campbell was superb running for 240 metres and it was his dynamic running game that helped set up the winning try in extra time. AJ Brimson and Toby Sexton were much improved in the halves, while Tino Fa’asuamaleaui and Beau Fermor, who is a shock Maroons bolter setting the platform up front. This ugly win could be a turning point for the Titans’ season provided they can back it up against the Sharks this week.

Jayden Campbell was back to his brilliant best against the Dragons.Source: Supplied

11. DRAGONS

Last week’s ranking: 9th (down two spots)

The Dragons season resurgence is well on the backburner after two straight losses and going down 20-16 to a Titans side that had lost five in a row was very disappointing, albeit in a golden point thriller. Tyrell Sloan was recalled on a tough night for fullbacks in atrocious conditions at Suncorp Stadium and he made a couple of glaring errors, which has seen him dropped after just one game, which is a tough call by Griffin. Giving Sloan one game will do nothing for his confidence and continues a worrying theme of chopping and changing with their spine. The Dragons need to beat the Warriors and Bulldogs before the bye or they will struggle to play finals this season.

Tyrell Sloan struggled in tough conditions.Source: Getty Images

10. SEA EAGLES
Last week’s ranking
: 8th (down two spots)

Manly’s inconsistent season continued with a 38-0 hammering at the hands of the Broncos with their push for back-to-back top four spots looking very unlikely. Manly desperately need to sort out their defence after conceding an average of 37 points a game over the last four rounds, which has them looking more like pretenders than contenders. Superstar fullback Tom Trbojevic looks to be playing injured and was well below his best against Brisbane and Manly need him fit and firing if they are any chance of winning a premiership this season. James Segeyaro could be the player they need to spark their attack out of dummyhalf, which has become non existent this season.

Tom Trbojevic looked to be playing injured against Brisbane.Source: Supplied

9. RAIDERS
Last week’s ranking
: 11th (up two spots)

The Green Machine continued their mini resurgence with their shock 30-10 win over the previously flying Sharks in one of the upsets of the season. Zac Woolford starred on debut in the colours where his dad Simon made the family name famous. Woolford had two try assists and could be the man to fill Josh Hodgson’s void and allow Tom Starling to stick to his more suited bench role. However, this was a win built on the platform set by Joe Tapine, Josh Papalii’i and Hudson Young and was made even more courageous by the fact they were reduced to 11 men due to three sin-binnings at one stage. Ricky Stuart’s team need to bottle this performance because if they can produce that commitment every week, they can push for what seemed a very unlikely finals berth.

Zac Woolford was excellent on debut for the Raiders.Source: Getty Images

8. RABBITOHS
Last week’s ranking
: 10th (up two spots)

The Rabbitohs looked to have finally found their mojo producing their best half of football for the season to lead 26-0, before following it up with their worst half to nearly lose a 32-30 nailbiter. Cody Walker returned to form with three try assists as he stepped up after being given the captaincy in Cameron Murray’s absence. Tevita Tatola was a colossus up front and was supported by Tom Burgess, while Taane Milne scored an impressive double. However, the first half seemed to have more to do with the woeful Warriors than the Rabbitohs turning a corner, but a soft draw before Origin could see them go into the series with three straight wins.

Cody Walker was back to his best for the first half against the Warriors.Source: The Daily Telegraph

7. EELS
Last week’s ranking
: 6th (down one spot)

The Eels were valiant in defeat against the Roosters after nearly pulling off a miracle comeback in their 31-24 defeat. However, the Eels gave up a 21-6 lead and left themselves with too much to do, with their poor starts becoming a worrying theme this season, as is their inconsistency. Mitchell Moses had a superb game in attack and Dylan Brown’s running game was on fire, but the pair missed 13 tackles between them with the halfback missing nine. Isaiah Papali’i was excellent with a double, but the Eels need more from their front-rowers, especially early in games to set the tone or their poor starts will continue and they won’t be a top four team.

Dylan Brown had some costly errors late.Source: Getty Images

6. SHARKS
Last week’s ranking
: 2nd (down four spots)

The Sharks continued a hot and cold run of matches with a confounding 30-10 loss to a depleted Raiders outfit. A week after the Sharks showed immense fight to beat the Warriors with 11 men, they were on the receiving end of that commitment from a Raiders side that had three players sent to the sin bin. The Sharks’ decision to shift Nicho Hynes to fullback backfired, with the side looking clunky in attack even when they had the numerical advantage. Hynes is back at halfback this week for a crucial clash with the Titans that they need to win to keep in touch with the top four.

Nicho Hynes struggled at fullback.Source: Getty Images

5. ROOSTERS
Last week’s ranking
: 7th (up two spots)

Don’t look now but the Roosters look to be timing their run perfectly again under master coach Trent Robinson. The Roosters’ 31-24 win over the Eels saw them move into the top four on the back of starring displays from halves Sam Walker and Luke Keary, who well and truly answered their critics. Joseph Suaalii announced himself as a superstar of the future with a classy double, including arguably the catch of the season in a soaring leap for his second try. An ankle injury to Victor Radley is a big blow as they get a real test of where they are at against the Panthers in Round 11, but they have the depth to cover for him.

Sam Walker answered his critics.Source: Supplied

4. BRONCOS

Last week’s ranking: 5th (up one spot)

The Broncos continued their stunning form with a ruthless 38-0 hammering of the Sea Eagles to make it four wins in a row for the first time since 2017. Adam Reynolds was again superb leading the Broncos with two try assists and a freak chip and chase try that was shades of Allan Langer. Slewyn Cobbo announced himself as an Origin bolter with his first career hat-trick, while Corey Oates grabbed a double showing that Brisbane’s backline is starting to fire. However, it was the zero points conceded that has people believing the Broncos are the real deal in 2022 and a top four spot is not out of the realms of possibility with a soft draw in the lead up to Origin.

Adam Reynolds and Selwyn Cobbo were on fire in Magic Round.Source: Supplied

3. STORM
Last week’s ranking
: 1st (down two spots)

The Storm’s six match winning streak came to an end with the Panthers handing them their heaviest defeat to Penrith in a 32-6 loss. Granted the Storm were without key players Ryan Papenhuyzen and Jahrome Hughes, but Craig Bellamy was fuming with his side’s performance and Cameron Munster labelled it under 12s stuff. Rookie No.1 Tyran Wishart had a few errors on a tough night for fullbacks, while Harry Grant and Brandon Smith were below their best after both copping knocks early. The Storm need Munster to step up in the absence of Papenhuyzen, while Jahrome Hughes is a welcome in this week as they aim to bounce back against the high flying Cowboys.

Cameron Munster was fuming at his team’s performance in Magic Round.Source: Getty Images

2. COWBOYS
Last week’s ranking
: 4th (up two spots)

The form team of the competition have now won five in a row after a convincing 36-12 win over the Tigers to cement their place in the top four on the ladder and move to second in the power rankings. Chad Townsend and Tom Dearden combined superbly with two try assists each, while Murray Taulagi had a night out with two tries and arguably the greatest try assist ever for Scott Drinkwater. Rookie Jeremiah Nanai also continued his push for Origin selection with another try. However, the disclaimer on the Cowboys run is that only the Eels victory was against top opposition and they get a real test of how far they have come against the Storm and Panthers in the next fortnight.

Chad Townsend is in career best form.Source: Getty Images

1. PANTHERS
Last week’s ranking
: 3rd (up two spots)

The Panthers returned to top spot on the power rankings with a convincing 32-6 victory in the top of the table clash with the Storm. Were it not for a poor finish to their clash with the Eels, the Panthers could have gone into the Origin series undefeated, which would be a fair reflection of their dominance this season. The Storm did have key players out, but you can only play what’s in front of you and Penrith were ruthless. Jarome Luai put in his best performance of the season, while Viliame Kikau showed his brilliance on the edge. The Panthers have the best young centre pairing in the game with Izack Tago on track to match or even better Stephen Crichton in the coming years, such has been their dominance as a duo. The Panthers look set for the minor premiership this season barring a catastrophic injury crisis.

Jarome Luai had his best game of the season against the Storm.Source: Getty Images

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