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Two sides are heading into the NRL semifinals coming off losses and two are feeling great about life.

That's the scenario for qualifying finals losers South Sydney and Melbourne and elimination finals victors Manly and Parramatta.

With the Roosters and Raiders making the most of a week off and waiting to see who they will face in next weekend's preliminary finals, all attention will be on Sydney on Friday night and Melbourne 24 hours later.

Before you enter your tips for this week, see who the NRL.com experts are backing and read Brett Kimmorley's previews.

Finals Week 2: Tips and Previews

Rabbitohs v Sea Eagles, Friday, 7.50pm at ANZ Stadium

Brett Kimmorley says: Good news for Souths with Sam Burgess back. Wayne Bennett admitted he got his back-five rotation wrong last week. It'll take a great mental readjustment after a heavy loss. Des Hasler came up with a masterclass against Cronulla. Fonua-Blake and Cherry-Evans were great. The battle of the forwards will be really important in this game. For South Sydney to win it'll come back to their discipline improving and a high completion rate, because they rely on that quite heavily. Rabbitohs by 4

Storm v Eels, Saturday, 7.50pm at AAMI Park

Brett Kimmorley: Parramatta will go to Melbourne without any fear after a massive victory last week. They played once during the season in Magic Round and the Storm flogged Parra, but that scarring will be gone because of how well they played last week. They should go to Melbourne with confidence. Mitchell Moses is in career-best form and he's managing games really well. The Storm are lacking game management at the moment and there's a bit of vulnerability in their game. If the Eels can play the brand of football they played last week we should see an arm wrestle for the full 80 minutes. Storm by 1

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