It will be the biggest NRL game in Canberra's history and Raiders coach Ricky Stuart says it will show him who his big-game players are.
Canberra faces the South Sydney Rabbitohs in the first ever preliminary final at Canberra Stadium on Friday night.
Rabbitohs captain and enforcer Sam Burgess is one player Stuart said was a proven big-match player.
He said his "big, tough, aggressive style of play is what semi-final football's all about".
Now he wants to find out who fits that bill from his own team.
The Raiders have answered every test they've been given so far this season, not only forcing their way back into the finals, but finishing in the top four.
They're now one win away from the Green Machine's first grand final appearance since they won it in 1994.
Stuart was the halfback - and certainly a big-game player - now he's hoping to lead a new breed of them from Canberra.
"We've been tested the last number of weeks," he said on Monday.
"It's just another game you want players to stand up and perform.
"This is where you find out who the big match players are."
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The Rabbitohs have had trouble with their right-edge defence in recent weeks, but were able to make it to the prelim after winning a shoot-out with Manly.
That's a style the Raiders had in the past - backing themselves to score more than their opponents - but this year's edition of the Green Machine is made of sterner stuff.
They've become one of the best defensive teams in the NRL and Stuart was expecting a tight contest.
He was also expecting a much better Souths outfit than the one that beat the Sea Eagles.
"They will be a lot better than that on the weekend," Stuart said.
"I'm not expecting it to be a game where 10 tries are going to be scored.
"It'll be a tough, semi-final grind and I'll be very surprised if there was 10 tries like last week."
One of the important cogs for Canberra will be halfback Aidan Sezer.
While everything for the Raiders starts with co-captain and hooker Josh Hodgson, Stuart said Sezer was the one steering the Canberra ship around the park.
He's given his No.7 licence to roam and has been impressed with the results.
Stuart felt it took a bit of time for Sezer to gel with his new halves partner.
Jack Wighton has joined Sezer in the halves this season, having switched from fullback to five-eighth.
Sezer's pressing his claims to be Stuart's first-choice halfback next year, with England half George Williams set to join the Raiders in the off-season.
"He's taken a lot more ownership of the team as well, he's got a lot of dominance of the ruck," Stuart said.
"I've given him that licence to play on both sides of the field.
"You've got to remember it takes a little bit of time when you're trying to adapt to a new partnership, and that's a new partnership with Jack, that took a little bit of time for those guys to get used to one another's styles.
"But once that's been reached it's been a really really strong season for Aidan."
You don't need to be Einstein to know of the importance of the prelim when there's a grand final spot on the line.
While mindful of that, Stuart also wants his players to enjoy the week as well.
And the best way to do that? Making sure they win.
"It's very important. The result's very important," Stuart said.
"It's also a time of the season where you want the players to enjoy this opportunity too.
"Certainly the only way to enjoy it is winning. But you've got to enjoy the week's preparation.
"You've got to enjoy the hype that runs with it, but you just can't get involved in it.
"It's really important that your prep is very clinical and you're getting that right, but you've got to have some down time and enjoy that as well."
NRL PRELIMINARY FINAL
Friday: Canberra Raiders v South Sydney at Canberra Stadium, 7.50pm. Tickets available from Ticketek.