Canterbury Bulldogs show how to win in finals football

Phil Gould Why the Bulldogs and Roosters are the favourites for this week's final matches.

NRL finals: The top storylines so far...

Phil Lutton One week down, so much goodness/angst/action/drama/JSoward to digest. Here we go...


South Sydney Rabbitohs humiliate Manly Sea Eagles in NRL finals series opener

Rabbit on the run: George Burgess charges up the middle.

Michael Chammas He was a rabbit caught in the headlights in last year's finals series, but South Sydney halfback Adam Reynolds took centre stage on Friday night to inflict a finals humiliation on Manly.

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Talkin' Teams: Finals week one


Chris Boulous Join Chris Boulous for the NRL team news for the first week of the finals.

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The NRL finals: let's see who really is the best of the best

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Phil Gould There is no doubt the Roosters are the form team in the competition as we head into week one of the finals.

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Set of Six: The NRL finals edition

On the run: Mitchell Pearce.

Michael Carayannis Michael Carayannis looks at the big talking points in this weekend’s NRL finals match-ups.

Boyd Cordner grateful for NRL finals chance

James MacSmith This time last year Sydney Roosters back-rower Boyd Cordner was wondering whether finals football had heartbreakingly passed him by.

John Sutton's finals advice to Rabbitohs teammates: Be prepared

Needs to lift: South Sydney's John Sutton.

Michael Carayannis South Sydney skipper John Sutton has issued an impassioned plea to his Rabbitohs teammates to ''stay committed'' as his side look to overcome the heartache of back-to-back finals failures.

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NRL Late Mail: Star players return from injury in time for finals

Michael Carayannis Big name players Brett Stewart (Manly) and Cameron Smith (Melbourne) are expected to overcome ankle injuries in time to play for their teams in the first round of finals action.

Johnathan Thurston hoping Cowboys get nod from footy gods in NRL finals


Michael Carayannis Johnathan Thurston believes his Cowboys are owed a little bit of luck from the "footy gods" after controversial referee decisions contributed to North Queensland's finals exits in consecutive seasons.

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A nervous north greets NRL finals with optimism, dread

Cowboys players dejected after defeat.

Phil Lutton In the months after North Queensland's controversial exit from the NRL finals last season, a special package arrived at the front desk of Rugby League Central in Sydney.

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Injury concern for Storm skipper Cameron Smith ahead of first week of finals

Cooper Cronk is congratulated by Cameron Smith after scoring a try.

Roy Ward Storm captain Cameron Smith is battling a high ankle sprain.

Melbourne Storm clinch finals spot as Mahe Fonua double leaves Broncos hanging by a thread

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Roy Ward Melbourne Storm centre Mahe Fonua scored two tries as Storm beat Brisbane Broncos at AAMI Park on Friday night and sealed a place in the finals.

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Melbourne Storm's Ryan Hoffman and Sisa Waqa put emotions aside with finals future on the line

Ryan Hoffman says he cannot wait to run out to a charged atmosphere on Friday night.

Roy Ward Melbourne Storm's departing stars are focused on keeping the club's finals hopes alive in their final round match on Friday night.

League: Finals players to watch


Mark Coyne Former Queensland Origin star Mark Coyne nominates his players to watch in the finals.

League finals: Topping the ladder or dropping to 10th ... what are the odds?

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Michael Chammas There's plenty to play for as teams with final aspirations go into the last round.


Canberra coach Ricky Stuart has chance to spoil Parramatta's finals dream


Jon Tuxworth Their season could be on the line, but Parramatta legend Brett Kenny believes Eels players will use a chance to rub more salt into former coach Ricky Stuart's wounds as further motivation against...

Storm coach wants finals place locked in on Friday

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Roy Ward Craig Bellamy wants a win over the Broncos to avoid scary weekend wait.

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NRL faces finals double-header dilemma

Peta Hiku puts on a fend during the second half of the double header at Allianz Stadium last September.

Michael Chammas For the second time in as many years the NRL could be forced into staging a semi-finals double header if the Sydney Swans lose their qualifying final to Fremantle this weekend.

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Canberra Raiders hold off late onslaught to end Eels' finals hopes


Jon Tuxworth A second half masterclass from Parramatta superstar Jarryd Hayne couldn't prevent the Eels' finals hopes being extinguished with a 33-20 loss to Canberra on Saturday.