Manu Vatuvei en route to his epic long-range try in the Vodafone Warriors' 23-12 win over the Roosters at Allianz Stadium last year. Image | www.photosport.co.nz

Games to shape the top eight

With scheduling for the last six rounds of the season now confirmed, NRL.com staff writers have singled out two of the Vodafone Warriors’ matches among 12 games set to have a big impact in determining the make-up of this year’s top eight.

They’ve focused on the 24th-round home encounter against 2013 premiers the Sydney Roosters and the away clash against Penrith two weeks later in the final round.

The Vodafone Warriors head into this weekend’s round holding eighth spot and will improve to 20 points with their second bye.

They can move up to seventh if Wests Tigers lose to Penrith. Otherwise they’ll remain eighth with nine games to play.