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This year's finals series is shaping as one of the most evenly contested in NRL history with a late flurry of injuries, suspensions and form streaks throwing the Premiership race wide open.

Heading into the biggest weekend of the NRL season so far, take a look at the six key factors in your team's quest for success in the 2011 NRL finals.

Click the links to the right for the rundown on the six factors that will make or break each team's finals challenge.