The sixth-placed Melbourne Storm are set to taste sudden-death football in the opening week of the finals for the first time since 2005.
Minichiello, Lyon, Sutton, Soward, Thurston, Cronk, Ennis, and Parker speak on the eve of the 2014 NRL Telstra Premiership finals series.
Now the Storm have finally cemented a 2014 finals berth, centre Will Chambers admits it's hard not to think about that first Sunday in October.
Storm await results for a possible top-four finish after a Mahe Fonua double sealed their finals fate against the Broncos
With a spot in the finals safely tucked away, all eyes will now turn to the fitness of Storm captain Cameron Smith.
Despite temporarily losing captain Cameron Smith through injury, the Storm ran out 22-12 victors over the Broncos at AAMI Park on Friday night.
Hypothetically it's do-or-die for both the Storm and Broncos this weekend, with nothing short of victory keeping each team in the finals hunt.
Billy Slater is no stranger to the big stage so when runs onto AAMI Park on Friday night he should feel right at home.
In all the years Craig Bellamy has been involved with the game of rugby league, he says he has never experienced a season quite like this.
If this weekend doesn’t go as he hopes, NSW back-rower Ryan Hoffman’s career with the Storm could be over.