An in-form Matty Bowen in front of a rowdy home crowd in Townsville is a daunting challenge for most teams, especially when finals survival is on the line. Can the Broncos bump Bowen into the off-season?
He is back at fullback and the Broncos are back in the winners list, but will the Brisbane boys be able to forget their string of six losses and make it back-to-back wins? Can Hoffman stand up to the pressure?
Under the reign of coach Dessie, the menace formally known as Ennis has helped lead the Bulldogs to the Minor Premiership. But everyone knows all their hard work will be forgotten if the can’t claim Grand Final victory.
He might not be the Sea Eagles’ superstar but the work Ballin produces up the middle is a big part of their winning formula. Can Ballin put the bite on the Bulldogs and out-menace Michael Ennis in this clash of the NRL heavyweights?
Midway through the season the Storm were red-hot favourites to take the title, with no team able to get close until the Sharks stopped them in round 10. Can the Bunnies find that same formula and strike down the Storm?
The ‘Pride of the League’ are the sentimental favourites for everyone except Storm fans this week. Bellamy and his big three will be looking to stomp on the Bunnies and send them to a must-win match in the second week of the finals.
It looked like the Sharks were going to be the fairytale story of 2012 but then the Raiders jumped into the top eight and now look set to shake things up. Will the Raiders run the Sharks out of the finals race?
When it comes to strike weapons the Sharks are pretty well equipped with captain Gallen and kid Carney on their list. Can the Sharks find their early season form and sink the green machine on their home turf?
There is no more Lockyer and soon to be no more Petero so can big Ben step into their shoes and show the Broncos fans that he is strong enough to carry the team to victory over their little Cowboys brothers?
Matt is the engine room of the Cowboys and with Bowen and Thurston setting up the tries left, right and centre things are working nicely for this well-oiled machine. Is there enough petrol left in the tank to outrun the Broncos?
It has been a season to remember for this lucky charm who has not had to taste defeat very often while in blue and white. Can Krisnan keep the luck coming and send the Sea Eagles into sudden death?
When you play as physically as Matai you are bound to get a few injuries. The strong Sea Eagles centre has been in great form this season and will be looking to keep his team flying through to back-to-back premierships.