South Sydney coach Jason Taylor has warned his players not to get too far ahead of themselves despite reclaiming a spot in the top eight last night.
The Rabbitohs came from 12 points down to beat second-placed Manly 24-18, thanks to second-half tries to Issac Luke, John Sutton, and Fetuli Talanoa. The win put Brisbane out of the top eight and means Souths need to win one of their last two games to make the finals for the first time since 1989.
Last night's loss means the Sea Eagles have little chance of catching Melbourne in the race for the minor premiership.
Their neighbours the Sydney Roosters are expected to announce Brad Fittler as permanent coach of the club today. The former assistant took over following the sudden resignation of Chris Anderson seven weeks ago and has lost just one game.
Meanwhile, further north the impasse between Newcastle and unwanted backrower Kirk Reynoldson could come to a head today when coach Brian Smith names his side to take on North Queensland.
Reynoldson's lawyers have asked the club to explain their plans for the player who's been ignored in recent weeks. He needs to start one more match to trigger a 12-month contract extension.