Lee Gaskin Canberra Stadium has never looked so sweet for the Raiders.
Jon Tuxworth Jarrod Croker's mental demons after missing that penalty goal in the 2010 finals are now dead and buried.
Chris Dutton Brett Kimmorley believes he can help instil the steely attitude the Canberra Raiders need to end their inconsistent finals appearances.
Bridie Jabour Leaguesafe officers are next on the Greater Brisbane Junior Rugby League's hit list after three teams were banned for a year following brawls in their grand finals.
Glenn Jackson MELBOURNE coach Craig Bellamy isn't silly enough to claim there will be no emotion in Friday night's preliminary final clash against Manly.
Roy Masters 'They obviously want an all-Sydney club grand final,'' one NRL club official texted immediately after the Sea Eagles' controversial victory against the Cowboys a week ago.
Phil Mitchell Which team will be the first to qualify for the 2012 NRL Grand Final?
Roy Masters ARL Commission chairman John Grant has defended the decision to take tougher action on the eve of the finals against tacklers whose shoulder makes contact with the head of an opponent as Cronulla's...
Chris Wilson Will he or won't he? That is the big question on the lips of Raiders fans as star fullback Josh Dugan races to be fit for Sunday's elimination semi-final against the Cronulla Sharks at Canberra...
Winning Starts Monday
Brad Walter After farewelling Nathan Hindmarsh and Luke Burt on Sunday night, Parramatta players will have this week off and then return to training for the rest of the month under new coach Ricky Stuart.
David Shillington Paul Gallen and Sandor Earl have a bit in common.
Joe Barton and Steve Jancetic CANTERBURY'S lucky charm Krisnan Inu has built a reputation in recent years as a finals specialist - and he's going to let his teammates in on the secret.
Michael Chammas Greg Inglis, Ben Barba, Johnathan Thurston and Billy Slater dominate the headlines, but there are some unsung heroes just as capable of turning this premiership on its head.
Lee Gaskin Raiders winger Sandor Earl expects finals debutant Blake Ferguson to thrive on the playoff atmosphere as he attempts to extend the 45-year premiership drought of his former club.
HARD-RUNNING Cronulla back-rower Anthony Tupou has urged his teammates to make the most of a rare finals appearance for the perennial NRL battlers.
Jon Tuxworth Raiders pointscoring ace Jarrod Croker has been ruled out of Saturday's elimination final against Souths with a fractured cheekbone, in a massive blow to Canberra’s premiership hopes.
Chris Wilson RAIDERS veteran utility Shaun Berrigan has played more finals in the halves than Sharks star Todd Carney.
Chris Dutton A trampoline accident cost him valuable NRL experience but Jack Wighton is on the verge of a spectacular leap back to first grade to help the Canberra Raiders keep their premiership dream alive.
All four teams
Teams named today for week two of the NRL finals series. (All times local).
David Shillington We've taken great confidence out of the fact our finals rookies were standouts against the Sharks.