Welcome to the NRL Telstra Premiership Finals Series.

Scout Report: Finals Fantasy Week 1

NRL Fantasy Finals kicks off this week, with Fantasy coaches able to win more prizes and bragging rights among your mates via Fantasy's 'Match Day Finals' mini-game. Go to Match Day on fantasy.nrl.com or on the NRL Fantasy app to pick your six-man sides for each finals match, and don't forget to name a captain (triple points) and vice captain (double points).

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Roosters: No changes from last week's side. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck has been in sensational form recently, while if you're backing a Roosters victory James Maloney is probably your man in the halves for this match-up. Aidan Guerra is coming off a couple of 60s and could be the form back-row option here.

Storm: Tim Glasby bumps Jordan McLean out of the starting pack in the only change. Cameron Smith will be a very popular captaincy option in this one, while Cameron Munster has had a sensational last couple of months and could be worth a gamble (if you're happy to leave RTS out of your side). Jesse Bromwich is a standout at prop, while Tohu Harris will go close to matching Roosters trio Guerra, Boyd Cordner and Sio Siua Taukeiaho. 

 

Bulldogs: Brett Morris returns at fullback, with Sam Perrett shifting to the wing and Chase Stanley dropping out. Aidan Tolman moves into the starting side. Damien Cook's stunning start to his Fantasy career probably makes him the safer option at hooker here, while James Graham and Tolman will vie for the front-row spot in your team. 

Dragons: The Dragons have named a seven-man bench but the top 17 is unchanged. Mitch Rein is a reliable option at hooker if you prefer his experience over Cook's youth, while Trent Merrin and Tyson Frizell are the back-row guns in this one. Josh Dugan probably deserves a spot in your team somewhere – either at fullback with Euan Aitken in the centres, or at centre with Brett Morris at the back.

 

Broncos: Ben Hunt and Alex Glenn are back, Jordan Kahu returns on the wing and Ashley Taylor, David Stagg and Lachlan Maranta drop out. Hunt v Thurston is a major match-up and could be the deciding factor in your Fantasy side, and whoever you pick should get one of your captaincy roles, with Corey Parker to get the other. Andrew McCullough is a safer option at hooker than Jake Granville, while if you're backing a big Broncos win Anthony Milford is worth a shout at fullback.

Cowboys: Michael Morgan is back in the halves with Jason Taumalolo named to start after being benched on the weekend. Morgan and Lachlan Coote are your best options at fullback if you're expecting a Cowboys victory, with Coote having notched a try, two assists and five tackle breaks last week after taking a greater playmaking role in Morgan's absence.

 

Sharks: Ben Barba and Andrew Fifita have been named to make their returns off the bench, but don't be surprised if Fifita starts on Sunday afternoon. If he's in the starting side he's a definite option at prop, particularly with George Burgess out, while Paul Gallen should be locked in as your back-rower. Jack Bird could be a smokey in the halves after outscoring Adam Reynolds 53-22 last weekend.

Rabbitohs: Greg Inglis is back, with Joel Reddy dropping out and Alex Johnston returning to the wing. With a suspension looming over George Burgess, David Tyrrell is named at prop. Inglis is an obvious choice at fullback, while Dylan Walker and Adam Reynolds should improve after quiet performances against the Roosters last week.

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