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A spot at the players' table

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What the participants did - and didn't - say about the NRL finals.

Finals focus … representatives of the NRL's eight play-off teams, including Canterbury captain Michael Ennis, far left, gathered yesterday at Allianz Stadium.

Finals focus … representatives of the NRL's eight play-off teams, including Canterbury captain Michael Ennis, far left, gathered yesterday at Allianz Stadium. Photo: Brenda Esposito

Michael Ennis (Canterbury)

Team to beat: Manly

Dark horse: Canberra

Bulldogs' player to watch: James Graham

Opposition player to watch: Brett Stewart

Dally M winner: Ben Barba

Billy Slater (Melbourne)

Team to beat: South Sydney

Dark horse: South Sydney

Storm's player to watch: Hopefully everyone

Opposition player to watch: Johnathan Thurston

Dally M winner: Ben Barba

Michael Crocker (South Sydney)

Team to beat: Manly/Canterbury

Dark horse: Canberra

Rabbitohs player to watch: Nathan Merritt

Opposition player to watch: Undecided

Dally M winner: Ben Barba

Johnathan Thurston (North Queensland)

Team to beat: Canterbury

Dark horse: South Sydney

Cowboys' player to watch: Matty Scott and James Tamou

Opposition player to watch: Ben Barba

Dally M winner: Ben Barba

Terry Campese (Canberra)

Team to beat: Canterbury

Dark horse: North Queensland

Raiders' player to watch: Josh McCrone

Opposition player to watch: Johnathan Thurston

Dally M winner: Ben Barba

Paul Gallen (Cronulla)

Team to beat: Manly

Dark horse: Cronulla

Sharks' player to watch:

Todd Carney

Opposition player to watch:

Too many to mention

Dally M winner:

Ben Barba

Sam Thaiday (Brisbane)

Team to beat: Brisbane

Dark horse: Canberra

Broncos' player to watch: Josh McGuire

Opposition player to watch: Ben Barba

Dally M winner: Ben Barba

Jason King (Manly)

Declined to participate

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