'Continuity' and 'combinations' were the buzz words for Cowboys coach Paul Green ahead of his side's Round 1 clash with the Roosters.
The Warriors came out of their final pre-season hit-out with plenty of positives from their clash with the club's New South Wales Cup team in Papakura.
After 43 long, long years South Sydney are the toast of rugby league once again, thrashing the Bulldogs 30-6 to win the 2014 NRL premiership.
It comes down to this, the 2014 Telstra Premiership Grand Final between South Sydney and Canterbury-Bankstown.
Former Bulldogs skipper Andrew Ryan recalls how losing Steve Price a decade ago inspired Canterbury to a grand final upset.
Former skipper Mario Fenech tells NRL.com what it means to him to see South Sydney finally represented again on Grand Final Day.
Through a combination of brutal goal line defence and more guts than you'd find on an abattoir floor, Canterbury are through to the NRL grand final.
The Rabbitohs are headed to their first grand final since 1971 following a 32-22 win over rivals the Roosters at ANZ Stadium on Friday night.
Just a fortnight ago, the chances of the Panthers playing the Bulldogs for a spot in the 2014 decider seemed fairly remote – but a lot can happen in two weeks.
There will be nerves on both sides of Sydney's Anzac Parade this week as the Rabbitohs and Roosters prepare for battle and a place in the grand final.