Shute Shield: Final round hypotheticals

We’re into the final round of the 2022 regular season and while five teams have booked their spot in the playoffs, four others are battling for the final three spots in the top eight.

Teams are also playing for a spot in the top four and a second chance in the playoffs this weekend.

Find out how this weekend’s matches could impact if and who your team plays in the opening week of the finals.

1st: Northern Suburbs (65pts, 11 wins, +166) - Eastern Suburbs (H)

Norths can wrap up the minor premiership with a win at home over Easts on Saturday. But as Zak Beer’s side has already secured a top two finish, the coach may be tempted to rest a host of stars this weekend ahead of a bruising finals campaign.

Regardless, Norths will host a qualifying final at North Sydney Oval next weekend.

2nd: Sydney University (62pts, 12 wins, +187) - Manly (A)