Finals

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Craig Bellamy confident Melbourne Storm will cause headaches in NRL finals

Steve Mascord Melbourne believe they’re about to finish the regular season with a wet sail - and that they don’t need to finish in the top four to win the premiership.

League

Melbourne Storm blow rudderless Brisbane Broncos off finals course

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Steve Mascord When there’s a change of coach, players either try to impress the new man or lift in solidarity with their vanquished leader.

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Melbourne Storm looking to shine in tight NRL finals race

Unstoppable: Cameron Smith.

Roy Ward Melbourne Storm has six matches left to claim a top-four position.

League

NRL stars who factor with 'X' appeal heading into the year's finals

Prolific scorer: Roger Tuivasa-Sheck has scored some spectacular tries for the Roosters.

Michael Chammas The league season is into the home stretch. Michael Chammas looks at the players who could be the X-factors for the teams still in contention to win this year's NRL title.

Titans end Knights' finals chances

Kurt Gidley comforts Alex McKinnon before the start of the match.

James MacSmith Newcastle's slim hopes of making the NRL finals appear dashed after going down 22-8 to the Gold Coast at Hunter Stadium on Sunday.

League

Cooper Cronk challenges Storm before finals

Driven to succeed: Melbourne's Cooper Cronk.

Roy Ward Cooper Cronk says Storm refused to accept anything but success this season.

League

Predicting the NRL top eight is tough, so buckle up for the run to the finals

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Phil Gould With the rounds of matches affected so significantly by Origin now finally behind us, we can at last settle back and enjoy the final third of the season.

Brisbane Broncos' run to finals: Our predictions

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Phil Lutton Winger Dale Copley hasn't lost faith in finals appearance.

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NRL Power Rankings: Round 17 — Run-in to finals too long

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Paul Suttor With Origin reaching its not-as-thrilling-as-it-would've-been-if-it-was-a-decider climax, the focus supposedly turns back to the NRL.

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Melbourne Storm demands more as fight for NRL finals begins

Up you go: The Melbourne Storm's Tohu Harris experiences some heavy lifting during his side's clash with Canterbury.

Roy Ward Melbourne Storm knows it needs more wins to make the finals.

League

Robbie Farah says Wests Tigers must rebuild finals push at Canterbury Bulldogs' expense

Big day: Captain Robbie Farah says the Wests Tigers must beat the Bulldogs to maintain their finals push.

Michael Carayannis Tigers skipper Robbie Farah has labelled his side's match against high-flying Bulldogs on Sunday as a "must win" if the Tigers are any chance of snatching a top-eight spot.

League

Parramatta Eels target finals after turnaround on and off the field

Record margin: Ken Sio (left),  Will Hopoate  (middle) and Pauli Pauli celebrate beating the Dragons.

Brad Walter With a sell-out crowd turning up at Pirtek Stadium to watch Parramatta surpass their five victories last season and move to the top of the club championship after winning all three grades against St...

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League

NZ Warriors put Knights' finals hopes to the sword

On the charge: Sam Tomkins of the Warriors.

Brett Keeble The New Zealand Warriors all but snuffed out Newcastle's already faint finals hopes with a 38-18 thumping of the Knights at Mt Smart Stadium on Sunday.

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League

Live: Auckland Nines 2014 - The finals

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James Polson Join LeagueHQ for full, live coverage as the inaugural Auckland Nines head towards the final stages.

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Cronulla Sharks get finals warning on overhaul of structures

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Adrian Proszenko Cronulla face the prospect of expulsion from this year's finals series if they fail to overhaul their governance structures to the satisfaction of the NRL.

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Rugby League World Cup: Kangaroos team yet to be settled for finals fling

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Michael Carayannis DUBLIN: Australian coach Tim Sheens has thrown down the challenge to his Kangaroo charges by declaring spots are still up for grabs as they head into the their last pool game against Ireland.

Finals crush has codes put squeeze on stadium

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Michael Chammas The NRL and AFL are on a collision course for September, with the potential of five games in Sydney across three days leaving the codes to fight for priority at ANZ Stadium.

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League

While Titans linger in finals race, Tigers look like minds are elsewhere

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Phil Gould For Gold Coast, this match represented the win they just had to have. Four losses in a row over the past month had them heading in the wrong direction on the ladder.

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New finals system puts top four in driving seat

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Michael Chammas If history is anything to go by, the Bulldogs, Sharks, Knights, Raiders and Warriors can all start planning their holidays for the October long weekend.

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Shillington backs Raiders for big finals fling

WOLLONGONG, AUSTRALIA - JULY 27:  David Shillington of the Raiders tackles Trent Merrin of the Dragons during the round 20 match between the St George Illawarra Dragons and the Canberra Raiders at WIN Stadium on July 27, 2013 in Wollongong, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Lee Gaskin Canberra Raiders prop David Shillington believes his injury-hit side can still make an impact in the finals.