History on Dragons' side against Tigers: Hornby

Dragons captain Ben Hornby says history shows his team will have to take every opportunity to topple the Tigers in Friday night's finals opener.

"It's obviously going to be a huge match and the sides have got some history so it's going to be a tight game and hopefully one we can get away with," Hornby said.

The Dragons beat the Tigers by one point in last year's preliminary final and Hornby says it could again go down to the wire.

"Both teams are playing well and both teams are fit so it's going to be a tight game and it could be a bounce of the ball in it."

A Jamie Soward field goal secured that victory and the Dragons will be thankful that the past two games have seen the five-eighth firing once again.

Hornby believes the Dragons have also shaken off their late-season struggles and are back to their best in time for finals.

"We started the year really well and obviously hit the Origin period and struggled a bit there," Hornby said. 

"But we've had a couple of wins and we're going into the finals fit and ready to go."

The Dragons are facing a tough road to the grand final but Hornby said they are prepared to put in the hard yards.

While he is wary of any team in the top eight, the Storm and the Sea Eagles stand out as the biggest threat.

"We've had our problems with all the sides to be honest. 

"They've all been pretty hard to beat but at the end of the day Melbourne and Manly have finished up the top of the ladder so they've been the most consistent."