Shute Shield: Road to the 2017 finals

With a month left in the regular season, 9 teams are still in contention for a spot in the top six, while the race for a top three finish and a home semi final in the opening week of the playoffs is well and truly alive. Here's how your sides run to the finals looks: 1st – Manly (62pts, +243) Southern Districts (H), Warringah (A), Penrith (H), West Harbour (A) Manly can all but wrap up the minor premiership with a win against Souths on Saturday or Warringah next weekend. If they can do so, coach Brian Melrose may choose to rest players in the final rounds or build momentum towards the finals. 2nd – Warringah (53pt, +207) Sydney Uni (H), Manly (H), Southern Districts (A), Northern Suburbs (A) Warringah are arguably the form team of the competition at the moment but they have the toughest road to the finals of any side. Two wins should be enough for the Rats to secure their spot in the top six, three or more should be enough for a home final in week one. 3rd – Ran
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