NRL: Ranking every side's premiership chances post State of Origin

NRL: Ranking every side's premiership chances post State of Origin

OPINION: State of Origin is in the books for another year and regular NRL action is again the focus.

Nine rounds remain before the all-important finals get under way, and plenty can change between now and then.

But based on current standings and roster construction, here is every club's chance of winning the 2019 premiership.

Despite acquiring Kiwis skipper Dallin Watene-Zelezniak the Bulldogs have struggled this season.

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Despite acquiring Kiwis skipper Dallin Watene-Zelezniak the Bulldogs have struggled this season.

Dead and buried: Titans, Bulldogs, Broncos.

Mathematically the Titans and Bulldogs are already out and it's a poor year for both.

Neither side have been overly poor defensively, just unable to generate any genuine attack. The Bulldogs in particular offer next to nothing when they eventually get into the opposition red zone.

The Broncos need to win out and have other results go their way, but have shown little this year to suggest they are capable of doing that and a loss this weekend to the Warriors would put a fork in them.

Warriors coach Stephen Kearney says as long as there is a chance his side will keep clawing.

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Warriors coach Stephen Kearney says as long as there is a chance his side will keep clawing.

Outside chance: Warriors, Dragons, Cowboys.

Stephen Kearney said it was quite last week: as long as there is a chance, we will keep fighting.

And the Warriors are not out of the premiership race yet – but it's a tough road ahead.

The draw for the Warriors is nasty, with the Broncos this week their only non-top eight opponent for the rest of the season.

With Kalyn Ponga firing, the Knights are more than capable of a deep play-off run.

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With Kalyn Ponga firing, the Knights are more than capable of a deep play-off run.

Still, if they win at least eight of the remaining nine they will give themselves a better than decent chance or make the eight and from their can beat anyone on their day.

The same can be said for the Dragons who, on paper at least, have one of the more talent-loaded rosters in the competition.

North Queensland have been punching above their weight all season, but let's not forget 2017 when the Cowboys scraped into the eight and then went on to charge all the way to the grand final.

Dark horses: Sharks, Panthers, Tigers

Shaun Johnson's Sharks were tipped as title contenders in the pre-season and while things haven't quite gone to date, they have time to figure it out.

Cronulla have the talent, they just need to keep the same team on the field consistently after being ravaged by injury all season.

They sit in eighth spot on the ladder at the moment and six of their remaining nine games are against sides outside of the top eight – including two against the Warriors.

Manu Ma'u is off to the UK super league.

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Manu Ma'u is off to the UK super league.

The Panthers season has been a rollercoaster or extreme lows, more recently, extreme highs and they showed on Friday night with their win over the Titans they are probably the form side in the NRL.

As for the Tigers, they have shown this year that when they can beat anybody – as evidenced by their statement wins over the Warriors, Sea Eagles and high-flying South Sydney.

Hopefuls: Eels, Knights, Sea Eagles, Raiders

The Raiders have arguably the surprise packets of the NRL and on current form, could well go all the way.

Led by former Warrior Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad and their English contingent, Canberra have proven this season to be just as elite at the defensive end as they have long leg on attack.

The Eels and Sea Eagles probably have overachieved this year, but are both extremely well coached and have a core of hungry young players hitting form at the right time of the year.

Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad and the Raiders have been on the NRL's surprise side this season.

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Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad and the Raiders have been on the NRL's surprise side this season.

Meanwhile the Knights will welcome back their Origin stars and look to pick up where they left off – which was six wins from their last eight matches.

They're led by halfback Mitchell Pearce, an early favorite to win this year's Dally M Medal.

Favorites: Rabbitohs, Roosters, Storm

The old firm do it again, Melbourne just keep on winning.

No Cooper Cronk? No problem. No Billy Slater? Meet Cameron Munster – as long as the Storm are coached by Craig Bellamy and captained by Cameron Smith they should be premiership favorites. Period.

Melbourne are 13-2 so far this season and will be right in the mix deep into the NRL play-offs.

Latrell Mitchell is just one of the many stars on the Rooster roster.

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Latrell Mitchell is just one of the many stars on the Rooster roster.

Back in Sydney and both the star-studded Schedules and South Sydney Rabbitohs have been somewhat quietly positioning themselves for a deep September run also.

On talent alone the Roosters should be favored to go back-to-back, they have stars across the park and probably the best player in the game at the moment at fullback, in James Tedesco.

South Sydney have their own attacking weapon as well in hooker Damien Cook and with the super coach Wayne Bennett at the helmet they're going to be tough to beat.

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