7 Sep 2013

Warriors need miracle to make top 8

2:32 pm on 7 September 2013

The finals equation is simple for the Warriors - do something the club hasn't achieved in almost 20 years - and then hope at least two National Rugby League rivals can conjure up miracle last round upsets.

The Warriors must beat St George Illawarra on Saturday, if they're to have any chance of making the competition top eight.

The match is in Woolongong, a venue they haven't won at since 1996.

Heavy losses earlier in the season have come back to haunt the Warriors, with points differential counting against them in the finals quest.

They are level on competition points with eighth-placed North Queensland and Gold Coast in ninth, but their points differential of -50 is behind the Titans (-17) and a long way off the Cowboys (+48).

To get a chance at a `fair shake', the Warriors need two of the Titans, Cowboys and Newcastle to lose their last round game.

The Titans' clash against Melbourne - which starts half an hour after the Warriors finish in Wollongong - appears the safest bet, but the Storm have little to play for given they are already locked into finishing either third or fourth.

The Cowboys, who have won five straight, host Wests Tigers on Saturday night who have lost seven of their last eight.

If one of those results goes the Warriors' way, they then just need last-placed Parramatta to beat seventh-placed Newcastle on Sunday.