South Sydney, Melbourne and North Queensland made the biggest gains in terms of ladder positions after the NRL’s 20th round was completed.

The Rabbitohs’ 34-18 victory in Canberra on Monday night lifted them from fourth to second place on 26 points to firm up their top four claims.

The Storm improved to sixth from eighth after beating Brisbane 30-8; they join the fifth-placed Sydney Roosters on 24 points.

And the Cowboys’ 20-12 away win against Canterbury-Bankstown enabled them to leap from 10th to seventh, leading a group of six teams on 22 points.

The round finished with seven of the eight games being won by the away teams; the only exception was Newcastle’s 16-12 victory over the Roosters.

Here’s how the 16 teams line up after 20 rounds and a look at their run-ins to the finals (positions on the table last week are in brackets):

 

1 (1) SEA EAGLES (30, +130)

Last three games | Tigers (h) W 40-8, Dragons (a) W 21-12, Vodafone Warriors (a) W 22-12

Last six rounds | Broncos (h), Rabbitohs (a – SCG), Titans (a), Eels (a), Panthers (h), Cowboys (a)

2 (4) RABBITOHS (26, +148)

Last three games | Bye, Eels (a) W 32-12, Raiders (a) W 34-18

Last six rounds | Knights (h – Barlow Park, Cairns), Sea Eagles (h - SCG), Broncos (h), Cowboys (h), Bulldogs (a), Roosters (a) 

3 (2) PANTHERS (26, +60)

Last three games | Broncos (h) W 35-34, Roosters (a) L 12-32, Cronulla (h – Bathurst) L 12-16

Last six rounds | Bulldogs (a), Dragons (a), Cowboys (h), Storm (h), Sea Eagles (a), Vodafone Warriors (h)

4 (3) BULLDOGS (26, +30)

Last three games | Storm (a) W 6-4, Tigers (a) L 18-46, Cowboys (h) L 12-20

Last six rounds | Panthers (h), Broncos (a), Eels (a – ANZ Stadium), Tigers (h), Rabbitohs (h), Titans (a)

5 (5) ROOSTERS (24, +120)

Last three games | Bye, Panthers (a) W 32-12, Knights (a) L 12-16 

Last six rounds | Dragons (h), Titans (h), Tigers (a), Vodafone Warriors (a), Storm (h), Rabbitohs (h)

6 (8) STORM (24, + 2)

Last three games | Bulldogs (h) L 4-6, Raiders (h) W 28-14, Broncos (a) W 30-8

Last six rounds | Tigers (a), Knights (a), Sharks (h), Panthers (a), Roosters (a), Broncos (h)

7 (10) COWBOYS (22, +86)

Last three games | Bye, Sharks (a) W 36-18, Bulldogs (a) W 20-12

Last six rounds | Titans (h), Tigers (h), Panthers (a), Rabbitohs (a), Sharks (h), Sea Eagles (h)

8 (6) BRONCOS (22, +60)

Last three games | Panthers (a) L 34-35, Vodafone Warriors (h) W 28-22, Storm (h) L 8-30

Last six rounds | Sea Eagles (a), Bulldogs (h), Rabbitohs (a), Knights (h), Dragons (h), Storm (a)

9 (7) VODAFONE WARRIORS (22, +54)

Last three games | Eels (h) W 48-0, Broncos (a) W 22-28, Sea Eagles (h) L 12-22

Last six rounds | Raiders (a), Sharks (h), Knights (a), Roosters (h), Titans (h), Panthers (a)

10 (12) DRAGONS (22, -47)

Last three games | Bye, Sea Eagles (h) W 21-12, Tigers (a) W 28-12

Last six rounds | Roosters (a), Panthers (h), Raiders (a), Titans (h), Broncos (a), Knights (a)

11 (9) WESTS TIGERS (22, -68)

Last three games | Sea Eagles (a) L 8-40, Bulldogs (h) W 46-18, Dragons (h) L 12-28

Last six rounds | Storm (h), Cowboys (a), Roosters (h), Bulldogs (a), Raiders (a), Sharks (h)

12 (13) EELS (22, -96)

Last three games | Vodafone Warriors (a) L 0-48, Rabbitohs (h) L 12-32, Titans (a) W 24-18

Last six rounds | Sharks (a), Raiders (h – TIO Stadium, Darwin), Bulldogs (h – ANZ Stadium), Sea Eagles (h), Knights (a), Raiders (a)

13 (11) TITANS (20, -66)

Last three games | Raiders (h) L 20-36, Knights (a) W 22-8, Eels (h) L 18-24

Last six rounds | Cowboys (a), Roosters (a), Sea Eagles (h), Dragons (a), Vodafone Warriors (a), Bulldogs (h)

14 (14) KNIGHTS (16, -94)

Last three games | Sharks (a) W 31-18, Titans (h) L 8-22, Roosters (h) W 16-12

Last six rounds| Rabbitohs (a – Barlow Park, Cairns), Storm (h), Vodafone Warriors (h), Broncos (a), Eels (h), Dragons (h)

15 (15) RAIDERS (14, -133)

Last three games | Titans (a) W 36-20, Storm (a) L 14-28, Rabbitohs (h) L 18-34

Last six rounds | Vodafone Warriors (h), Eels (a – TIO Stadium, Darwin), Dragons (h), Sharks (a), Tigers (h), Eels (h)

16 (16) SHARKS (14, -186)

Last three games | Knights (h) L 18-31, Cowboys (h) L 18-36, Panthers (a) W 18-16

Last six rounds | Eels (h), Vodafone Warriors (a), Storm (a), Raiders (h), Cowboys (a), Tigers (a)