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NRL straight shooters stand up for finals

Three thrilling one-point finishes in the NRL's finals series has made field-goal exponents one of the competition's hottest commodities.

No NRL action against Brisbane over Gee

No action has been taken against Brisbane over ex-official Andrew Gee attending a Broncos finals game after the NRL said the matter was closed.

Greenberg unmoved by NRL referees dispute

NRL CEO TODD GREENBERG speaks during the 2018 NRL season launch at First Fleet Park in Sydney, Australia.

The rugby league referees union will find out on Friday whether their members have approved industrial action to be taken over their pay and working conditions.

Storm ready for Sharks' plans for Smith

CAMERON SMITH of the Storm charges forward during the NRL match between the Wests Tigers and the Melbourne Storm at Mt Smart Stadium in Auckland, New Zealand.

Melbourne have no concerns about Cronulla's plans to target Cameron Smith in their NRL preliminary final and have been running drills in preparation for it.

Gallen 'against the odds' to face Storm

Cronulla won't pull the pin yet on Paul Gallen's hopes of playing in the NRL preliminary final against Melbourne but admit he is "against the odds".

How Robinson made Allianz the Chooks' home

TRENT ROBINSON looks on during a Sydney Roosters NRL training session at Allianz Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

Allianz Stadium has become such a home ground for the Sydney Roosters that coach Trent Robinson had his players sleep at the NRL ground.

NRL can't rush Burgess case: Greenberg

NRL boss Todd Greenberg says the timing of the investigation into a sexting scandal involving South Sydney star Sam Burgess can't be controlled.

Broncos women not looking too far ahead

Brisbane coach Paul Dyer says his team aren't getting ahead of themselves despite resting Meg Ward for their NRL Women's Premiership clash with the Warriors.

Bellamy lights fuse for fiery NRL finals

Coach of the Storm CRAIG BELLAMY looks on during a Melbourne Storm Training Session at Gosch's Paddock in Melbourne, Australia.

Melbourne coach Craig Bellamy says calls by NRL preliminary final opponents Cronulla that his team are grubs is laughable.

Ramien aims to repay Sharks for NRL faith

JOSH DUGAN of the Dragons is tackled during the NRL match between the St George Illawarra Dragons and the Newcastle Knights at UOW Jubilee Oval in Sydney, Australia.

Jesse Ramien didn't know how much NRL he'd play for Cronulla this year when he signed with Newcastle in February. Now he's pushing for a grand final appearance.

Roosters perfect in NRL without Napa

Dylan Napa of the Roosters looks dejected as he watches on during the NRL match between the Sydney Roosters and the Brisbane Broncos at Allianz Stadium.

The Sydney Roosters have won all six games without Dylan Napa in 2018, thanks to Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, Cooper Cronk's kicking and their back-three's running.

Storm give no hints on No.7 for NRL finals

BRODIE CROFT of the Storm scores a try during the NRL match between the Newcastle Knights and the Melbourne Storm at McDonald Jones Stadium in Newcastle, Australia.

Melbourne assistant Adam O'Brien has kept Cronulla guessing, giving no guarantees Brodie Croft will retain the No.7 jersey for Friday's NRL preliminary final.

Roosters' Mitchell takes NRL ban on chin

LATRELL MITCHELL of the Roosters scores a try during the NRL Preliminary Final match between the Sydney Roosters and the North Queensland Cowboys at Allianz Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

Sydney Roosters star Latrell Mitchell says he has taken a ban that will sideline him for the NRL preliminary final against South Sydney "on the chin".

Jennings eyes new Bunnies contract

After a breakout 2018 NRL season, winger Robert Jennings is eyeing a new contract with South Sydney.

The 10 best Allianz Stadium games

A look at the 10 best rugby league games to be played at Allianz Stadium ahead of its redevelopment following the South Sydney v Sydney Roosters prelim final.

Sharks accuse Storm of practising niggling

CRAIG BELLAMY speaks to media during a Melbourne Storm NRL media announcement at AAMI Park in Melbourne, Australia.

Cronulla prop Matt Prior has accused the Storm of practising niggling tactics ahead of their NRL preliminary final clash in Melbourne.

Only half the Burgess story told: Seibold

Head coach ANTHONY SEIBOLD looks on during a South Sydney Rabbitohs NRL training session at Redfern Oval in Sydney, Australia.

Fans and critics will soon be able to make up their own minds on the Sam Burgess sexting scandal, according to South Sydney coach Anthony Seibold.

Ciraldo set to coach Panthers in 2019 NRL

Panthers coach IVAN CLEARY speaks to the media during a NRL Finals series press conference at Rugby League Central in Sydney, Australia.

Penrith are set to offer the 2019 NRL coaching role to Cameron Ciraldo, who filled in as caretaker after the sacking of Anthony Griffin.

Munster maturity key to Storm NRL success

CAMERON MUNSTER of the Storm is tackled during the NRL Qualifying Final match between the Melbourne Storm and the Parramatta Eels at AAMI Park in Melbourne, Australia.

On the outer with Melbourne less than a year ago, Cameron Munster' has become a key component of the Storm's NRL success, says teammate Christian Welch.

State, club rivals unite for Tonga RL Test

Blues Captain BOYD CORDNER takes the stage during the 2018 State of Origin launch at Arbory Afloat in Melbourne, Australia.

Rival NRL captains Boyd Cordner and Greg Inglis paved the way in negotiations that led to the Kangaroos taking a pay cut for the Tonga Test.

Fifita, Taumalolo head strong Tonga squad

ANDREW FIFITA of the Blues is tackled during the State Of Origin series between the New South Wales Blues and the Queensland Maroons at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

Andrew Fifita and Jason Taumalolo have been named to headline a strong 29-man Tonga squad for next month's Test against the Kangaroos in Auckland.

Roosters devise plan to stop running Cook

DAMIEN COOK of the Rabbitohs makes a break during the NRL trial match between the South Sydney Rabbitohs and Wigan at ANZ Stadium Sydney in Sydney, Australia.

South Sydney have won just two of seven NRL games this year when Damien Cook failed to run 75 metres, compared to 13 wins in the 17 games he's topped that mark.

Graham living the dream for beloved Souths

South Sydney's Campbell Graham grew up despising the Sydney Roosters and will run out against the Rabbitohs' local rivals in Saturday's NRL preliminary final.

Matterson relishing final days at Roosters

ANGUS CRICHTON of the Rabbitohs during the NRL match between the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the Canberra Raiders at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

Sydney Roosters second-rower Ryan Matterson is relishing what could be his final game for the club in the grand final qualifier against South Sydney.

Sharks have one eye firmly on future

As well as chasing an NRL title, the Cronulla under-20s and reserve grade side are also in the hunt for premierships.

Warriors women face Broncos mentor

Brisbane women's star Teuila Fotu-Moala will line up for a blockbuster back-row battle with ex-pupil, the Warriors' Onjeurlina Leiataua on Friday.

Higher ambitions for Storm prop Welch

CHRISTIAN WELCH of the Storm looks upfield during a Melbourne Storm NRL training session at Gosch's Paddock in Melbourne, Australia.

Melbourne's Christian Welch is heading to Harvard in the off-season with the Storm prop eyeing a career in sports business.

Whirlwind 18 months pays off for Woods

AARON WOODS of the Kangaroos runs with the ball during an Australian Kangaroos training session in Melbourne, Australia.

Cronulla's Aaron Woods is on the cusp of an NRL grand final appearance after his high-profile exits from Wests Tigers and Canterbury over the last 18 months.

Cowboys announce departure of CEO

North Queensland have announced that CEO Greg Tonner is leaving the club in the wake of their lacklustre 2018 NRL season.

Rabbitohs fans have forgotten me: Keary

LUKE KEARY of the Roosters makes a break during the NRL match between the Manly Sea Eagles and the Sydney Roosters at Lottoland in Sydney, Australia.

Sydney Roosters five-eighth Luke Keary believes South Sydney fans have forgotten about his controversial exit from the club two years ago.

Souths' Inglis grateful for clean record

GREG INGLIS of the Rabbitohs watches the ball before scoring a try during the NRL match between the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the Wests Tigers at ANZ Stadium in Australia.

Greg Inglis says he didn't lose any sleep over a potential NRL ban that could have cost him a place in South Sydney's preliminary final.

Gallen in doubt, Lewis and Dugan on track

LUKE LEWIS of the Sharks in action during the NRL match between the Sydney Roosters and the Cronulla Sharks at Central Coast Stadium in Gosford, Australia.

Cronulla's Luke Lewis and Josh Dugan look set to be fit to face Melbourne in Friday night's NRL preliminary final, but Paul Gallen is still in doubt to play.

Broncos' McCullough booked for surgery

ANDREW MCCULLOUGH of the Broncos passes the ball during the NRL match between the Brisbane Broncos and the North Queensland Cowboys at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia.

Brisbane hooker Andrew McCullough is still expected to feature in the NRL club's pre-season training despite being booked for finger surgery.

Burgess hopes NRL will finalise probe soon

SAM BURGESS of the Rabbitohs is runs the ball during the NRL match between the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the Manly Sea Eagles at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

Sam Burgess says he is hopeful that the truth will come out as the NRL investigates the sexting scandal that has overshadowed South Sydney's finals campaign.

Retiring Slater leaves a mark on Melbourne

BILLY SLATER of Australia breaks away to score a try during the 2017 Rugby League World Cup Semi Final match at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia

Win or lose, Friday night's NRL preliminary final will be retiring Storm fullback Billy Slater's last in Melbourne and he's been honoured with a mural.

Bronco treats women's clash as Ferns trial

Brisbane back-rower Teuila Fotu-Moala says she will treat Friday's NRL Women's Premiership clash with the Warriors in Melbourne as a Kiwi Ferns trial.

Roosters could look to Ferguson for kicks

SIO SIUA TAUKEIAHO of the Roosters is tackled by the Panthers defence during the NRL match between the Penrith Panthers and the Sydney Roosters at Pepper Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

Sydney Roosters' Sio Siua Taukeiaho says he should be fit to face South Sydney in their NRL preliminary final, but an ankle sprain could stop him goal kicking.

Cleary to sign lucrative new Penrith deal

NATHAN CLEARY of the Panthers kicks during the NRL match between the Penrith Panthers and the Canterbury Bulldogs at Pepper Stadium Sydney, Australia.

Penrith are on the brink of making young star Nathan Cleary their highest-paid player with a four-year contract extension, according to a report.

Burgess credits Seibold for NRL revival

Coach ANTHONY SEIBOLD looks on during a South Sydney Rabbitohs NRL training session at Redfern Oval in Sydney, Australia.

South Sydney rookie coach Anthony Seibold has been credited for reviving the career of powerhouse prop George Burgess.

Munster a reluctant Storm field goal hero

CAMERON MUNSTER of the Storm runs with the ball during the NRL match between the Brisbane Broncos and the Melbourne Storm at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia.

As Melbourne's clash with Cronulla looms, the Storm's Cameron Munster says he's no Cooper Cronk and would rather not be their go-to player for field goals.

Milford to undergo shoulder reconstruction

ANTHONY MILFORD of the Broncos attempts to break away from the defence during the NRL Semi Final match between the Brisbane Broncos and the Penrith Panthers at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia.

Anthony Milford faces five months rehabilitation after undergoing shoulder surgery but Brisbane expect him to be ready for round one of the NRL next year.

Teen flyer Graham wants Bunnies for life

South Sydney winger Campbell Graham has such passion for the NRL club that he's declared his desire to be there for life.

No Storm plans to muzzle Chambers in NRL

WILL CHAMBERS passes during a Queensland Maroons State of Origin training session at Intercontinental Sanctuary Cove Resort in Brisbane, Australia.

Melbourne don't want returning centre Will Chambers to change his combative approach when they host Cronulla for a NRL grand final berth.

Taumalolo hails Kangaroos' sacrifice

JASON TAUMALOLO of the Cowboys is tackled during the NRL match between the Manly Sea Eagles and the North Queensland Cowboys at Lottoland in Sydney, Australia.

Kangaroos players have been hailed by Tonga star Jason Taumalolo for their financial sacrifice to stage their historic Test match next month.

Sam Burgess used to NRL scrutiny: George

SAM BURGESS of the Rabbitohs is runs the ball during the NRL match between the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the Manly Sea Eagles at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

Sam Burgess is at the centre of a probe into allegations that two South Sydney players exposed themselves to a young woman using his social media account.

Chambers doesn't owe Storm for suspension

JOSH ADDO-CARR of the Storm scores a try during the 2017 NRL Grand Final match between the Melbourne Storm and the North Queensland Cowboys at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

Josh Addo-Carr insists his Melbourne backline counterpart Will Chambers doesn't owe the team for missing three games through suspension.

Big questions ahead of Melbourne v Sharks

CAMERON SMITH of the Storm charges forward during the NRL match between the Wests Tigers and the Melbourne Storm at Mt Smart Stadium in Auckland, New Zealand.

A look at the burning issues which will help decide the winner of the NRL preliminary final between Melbourne and Cronulla.

Big questions ahead of Roosters v Souths

LATRELL MITCHELL of the Roosters scores a try during the NRL Preliminary Final match between the Sydney Roosters and the North Queensland Cowboys at Allianz Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

Do Souths have enough in the tank? Can the Roosters fire without Latrell Mitchell? These are among the burning questions about their NRL preliminary final.

Murray coming into own off Bunnies' bench

Head coach ANTHONY SEIBOLD looks on during a South Sydney Rabbitohs NRL training session at Redfern Oval in Sydney, Australia.

Cameron Murray wanted to crack South Sydney's starting side in 2018 but instead he's become their most valuable bench player.

Hunt fears for Roos spot, seeks clear head

BEN HUNT of the Broncos runs with the ball during a NRL match at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia

Halfback Ben Hunt is taking a break to reflect on his end-of-season NRL form after a "rollercoaster year" at St George Illawarra.

Snapshot of the NRL semi-finals

Coach of the Dragons PAUL MCGREGOR looks on during the NRL trial match between the St George Illawarra Dragons and Hull at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

South Sydney and Cronulla have won through to the NRL's grand final qualifiers following an exhilarating second week of the finals.

Inglis free to play in preliminary final

GREG INGLIS of the Rabbitohs watches the ball before scoring a try during the NRL match between the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the Wests Tigers at ANZ Stadium in Australia.

Greg Inglis has been charged by the NRL for his crusher tackle on St George Illawarra's Tim Lafai but can play for South Sydney next week after pleading guilty.

Williams gets 2nd NRL drug strike: report

TONY WILLIAMS of the Bulldogs runs the ball during the NRL match between the Canterbury Bulldogs and the Manly Sea Eagles at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

Former Kangaroos forward Tony Williams' NRL career is on rocky ground after he reportedly recorded a second drugs strike while off-contract at Parramatta.

NRL could farewell Allianz with sellout

TODD GREENBERG, Chief Executive Officer of the National Rugby League looks on after the NRL match between the Melbourne Storm and the Canberra Raiders at AAMI Park in Melbourne, Australia.

A weekend of rivalry matches means Allianz Stadium could be set for its biggest NRL finals crowd in 13 years in its last game before redevelopment.

Storm aim to stop Valentine Holmes' day

PAUL GALLEN of the Sharks warms up during the NRL match between the Cronulla Sharks and the St George Illawarra Dragons at Southern Cross Group Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

Melbourne will prepare as if all of Cronulla's injured big guns will all play but must limit Valentine Holmes in their NRL grand final qualifier.

Situational NRL training pays for Reynolds

ADAM REYNOLDS of the Rabbitohs runs the ball during the NRL match between the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the New Zealand Warriors at Optus Stadium in Perth, Australia.

Adam Reynolds knew what play to pull in all three of South Sydney's field goals against St George Illawarra after being pressured by reserve graders all year.

Dragons miss chance in NRL final, not year

Coach of the Dragons PAUL MCGREGOR looks on during the NRL trial match between the St George Illawarra Dragons and Hull at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

St George Illawarra led the NRL for 15 of the opening 16 rounds but their season was ended two weeks short of the grand final by South Sydney.

Pressure on Roosters in NRL: Seibold

Coach ANTHONY SEIBOLD looks on during a South Sydney Rabbitohs NRL training session at Redfern Oval in Sydney, Australia.

South Sydney coach Anthony Seibold wasted no time turning up the heat on the Sydney Roosters ahead of their NRL preliminary final next week.

Snapshot of Souths v Dragons NRL semi

All the details from South Sydney's thrilling 13-12 semi-final win over St George Illawarra to keep their NRL title hopes alive.

Bunnies' Reynolds hits three field goals

South Sydney have won through to the NRL's preliminary finals after beating St George Illawarra 13-12 in a pulsating semi-final at ANZ Stadium.

Dragons' Sims on crutches after collision

Tariq Sims will end St George Illawarra's NRL semi-final against South Sydney on crutches after appearing to injure his knee in a collision.

Dragons keep NRLW hopes alive with win

St George Illawarra are equal with the second-placed Warriors on points after beating the New Zealand-based NRLW team 22-10 at ANZ Stadium.

Cleary gives ultimate backing to Ciraldo

NATHAN CLEARY of the Panthers kicks during the NRL match between the Penrith Panthers and the Canterbury Bulldogs at Pepper Stadium Sydney, Australia.

Nathan Cleary has given a ringing endorsement to caretaker coach Cameron Ciraldo, revealing he was instrumental in turning him into the player he is today.

Holmes' plot to end Billy Slater's career

BILLY SLATER of Australia breaks away to score a try during the 2017 Rugby League World Cup Semi Final match at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia

Try-scoring machine Billy Slater is plotting to end Billy Slater's glittering career in Cronulla's NRL preliminary final blockbuster with the Melbourne Storm.

Tigers to play at new west Sydney stadium

The Wests Tigers have announced that they will move games away from ANZ Stadium for the 2019 NRL season.

Panthers to channel 2018 NRL heartbreak

Penrith say they must channel the heartbreak of their NRL finals exit at the hands of Cronulla if they want to take the next step in 2019.

Luke Lewis feared his NRL career was over

LUKE LEWIS of the Sharks in action during the NRL match between the Sydney Roosters and the Cronulla Sharks at Central Coast Stadium in Gosford, Australia.

Two-time premiership winner Luke Lewis admits he feared his NRL career was over when he suffered a calf injury as Penrith staged a fierce semi-final fightback.

Gallen in doubt for Storm prelim final

PAUL GALLEN of the Sharks warms up during the NRL match between the Cronulla Sharks and the St George Illawarra Dragons at Southern Cross Group Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

Cronulla captain Paul Gallen is racing the clock to be fit for Friday's NRL preliminary final with Melbourne after suffering a shoulder injury against Penrith.

Embattled Bunnies face Dragons in NRL semi

South Sydney will face St George Illawarra in an NRL semi-final amidst an investigation into players exposing themselves to a woman in May via video chat.

Smith signs new Storm NRL deal for 2019

CAMERON SMITH of the Storm passes the ball during a Melbourne Storm NRL training session at AAMI Park in Melbourne, Australia.

Melbourne skipper Cameron Smith has reportedly agreed to terms to play an 18th NRL season with the Storm.

Magic Moylan has last laugh over Maloney

MATT MOYLAN of the Sharks kicks the ball during the NRL match between the Cronulla Sharks and the Penrith Panthers at Southern Cross Group Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

The hyped duel between Matt Moylan and James Maloney proved a non-event as Moylan's Sharks downed his former club Penrith while Maloney had a night to forget.

Snapshot of Sharks v Panthers NRL semi

A Chad Townsend field goal in the final five minutes has saved Cronulla from a Penrith comeback and booked them a NRL preliminary final showdown with Melbourne.

Sharks deny Penrith in NRL final thriller

CHAD TOWNSEND of the Sharks runs the ball during the NRL match between the Wests Tigers and the Cronulla Sharks at Leichhardt Oval in Sydney, Australia.

A field goal from halfback Chad Townsend five minutes from fulltime has earned Cronulla a thrilling 21-20 win over Penrith in their NRL semi-final in Sydney.

Souths player on domestic violence charges

South Sydney reserve grade forward Zane Musgrove will face court following an alleged domestic violence incident in July.

Broncos sound warning with NRLW win

Brisbane remain unbeaten in the NRLW following a convincing 14-4 win over the Sydney Roosters at Allianz Stadium.

Bulldogs respond to Mad Monday antics

Canterbury have taken aim at the invasion of privacy that followed the fallout of the NRL club's Mad Monday antics in a letter to members.

Mitchell not moaning about NRL prelim ban

LATRELL MITCHELL of the Roosters scores a try during the NRL Preliminary Final match between the Sydney Roosters and the North Queensland Cowboys at Allianz Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

Banned centre Latrell Mitchell won't let his own personal disappointment overshadow the Sydney Roosters' preparations for an NRL preliminary final.

Vunivalu offering more than tries to Storm

SULIASI VUNIVALU of the Storm runs with the ball during the NRL match between the Melbourne Storm and the Parramatta Eels at AAMI Park in Melbourne, Australia.

Big Melbourne winger Suliasi Vunivalu says his focus has changed this NRL season from scoring tries to helping out the forwards.

McGregor ready to put trust in youth

Coach of the Dragons PAUL MCGREGOR looks on during the NRL trial match between the St George Illawarra Dragons and Hull at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

Zac Lomax and Kurt Mann face the biggest NRL tests of their lives for St George Illawarra against South Sydney on Saturday night.

De Belin to rise from moon boot again

Jack de Belin will overcome an ankle injury to face South Sydney in Saturday night's NRL semi-final, but centre Euan Aitken won't play.

NRL, Rabbitohs probe lewd video claims

Head coach ANTHONY SEIBOLD looks on during a South Sydney Rabbitohs NRL training session at Redfern Oval in Sydney, Australia.

South Sydney have joined forces with the NRL to probe claims two Rabbitohs stars exposed their private parts in a video chat with a woman.

NRL hooker King to leave Parramatta Eels

Cameron King isn't sure if he'll get another shot in the NRL after announcing that he is leaving the Parramatta Eels.

May faces own NRL finals hurdle at Penrith

Tyrone May started last year's finals for Penrith before a knee injury sidelined him for eight months, this weekend he wants to overcome his demons.

Time to decide Moylan-Maloney NRL battle

Matt Moylan and James Maloney haven't wanted to buy into it all week but the battle between the two NRL five-eighths will be decided shortly.

Ballinger ready to fire for Broncos women

Heather Ballinger will lead the Brisbane pack in Friday's NRL Women's Premiership clash with Sydney Roosters after learning the game off TV on a cattle station.

Jason Clark ready for final Souths hurrah

JASON CLARK of the Rabbitohs is tackled during the NRL match between the Canterbury Bulldogs and the South Sydney Rabbitohs at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

The uncertainty that lingered over Jason Clark for his entire NRL career is making his final month at South Sydney easier than expected.

Back-row quest a Bennett ruse: Oates

COREY OATES of the Broncos looks on during the NRL Preliminary Final match between the Melbourne Storm and the Brisbane Broncos at AAMI Park in Melbourne, Australia.

Winger Corey Oates has revealed his mooted bid to crack the Brisbane back-row this year has all been a hoax started by coach Wayne Bennett.

Sharks to put up a fight for Holmes

VALENTINE HOLMES of the Sharks is tackled by JARED WAEREA-HARGREAVES of the Roosters during the NRL match between the Sydney Roosters and the Cronulla Sharks at Central Coast Stadium in Gosford, Australia.

Cronulla have vowed to put up a fight for Valentine Holmes' signature and say they'll offer him a long-term NRL deal.

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Sharks put target on Panther pivot Maloney

JAMES MALONEY of the Sharks runs the ball during the 2016 NRL Grand Final match between the Cronulla Sharks and the Melbourne Storm at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

Cronulla say they will target former playmaker James Maloney amongst others during Friday's NRL semi-final.

Shark Moylan flourishes without captaincy

Sutherland Sharks coach SHANE FLANAGAN looks on during the Dacia World Club Challenge match between Wigan Warriors and Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks at DW Stadium in Wigan, England.

Cronulla coach Shane Flanagan says Matt Moylan has flourished at the Sharks because he is not being burdened by the captaincy, as he was out at Penrith.

Asofa-Solomona to return for Storm's final

NELSON ASOFA-SOLOMONA of the Storm is tackled during the NRL match between the Newcastle Knights and the Melbourne Storm at McDonald Jones Stadium in Newcastle, Australia.

Giant Melbourne prop Nelson Asofa-Solomona will return after three games out with an ankle injury for their NRL preliminary final.

I don't want to sign if no Bennett: Oates

As four NRL rivals circle for his signature, Brisbane winger Corey Oates says he doesn't not want to re-sign with the Broncos if Wayne Bennett is not coach.

Penrith ready to jump semi-final hurdle

NATHAN CLEARY of the Panthers kicks during the NRL match between the Penrith Panthers and the Canterbury Bulldogs at Pepper Stadium Sydney, Australia.

Penrith are trying to reach the preliminary finals for only the second time in 14 years after falling in the second week for the past two years.

Injured Josh Dugan to miss Panthers clash

JOSH DUGAN of the Dragons is tackled during the NRL match between the St George Illawarra Dragons and the Newcastle Knights at UOW Jubilee Oval in Sydney, Australia.

Cronulla centre Josh Dugan will miss Friday's NRL semi-final with Penrith because of a shoulder injury.

Titans sought Maloney in Peachey deal: Gus

JAMES MALONEY of the Panthers lines up for a conversion during the NRL match between the Newcastle Knights and the Penrith Panthers at McDonald Jones Stadium in Newcastle, Australia.

Gold Coast have approached Penrith for a player swap for James Maloney that will allow Tyrone Peachey to stay in Sydney, says Panthers supremo Phil Gould.

Broncos women brace for Ruan Sims' return

RUAN SIMS of Australia runs at the defence during the 2017 Rugby League Women's World Cup Final between Australia and New Zealand at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia.

Brisbane coach Paul Dyer hopes Ruan Sims will be rusty on her NRL Women's Premiership debut for Sydney Roosters.

Flanagan's influence on Panthers' Ciraldo

Sutherland Sharks coach SHANE FLANAGAN looks on during the Dacia World Club Challenge match between Wigan Warriors and Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks at DW Stadium in Wigan, England.

Penrith caretaker Cameron Ciraldo was in his second season in the NRL at Cronulla when Sharks counterpart Shane Flanagan became an assistant at the club.

Jennings pays way to NRL finals fitness

DANIEL TUPOU of the Roosters runs the ball during the NRL Trial match between the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles and Sydney Roosters at Central Coast Stadium in Gosford, Australia.

South Sydney winger Robert Jennings paid for hour-long oxygen chamber sessions to play finals football after being told his NRL season was over.

Rabbitohs a distant memory for McInnes

CAMERON MCINNES of the Dragons passes during the NRL match between the St George Illawarra Dragons and the Parramatta Eels at WIN Stadium in Wollongong, Australia.

Cameron McInnes has played more games for St George Illawarra than South Sydney and now feels almost no bond with his former NRL club before Saturday's final.

Peachey's personal NRL battle with Sharks

TYRONE PEACHEY of the Panthers offloads the ball during the NRL match between the Penrith Panthers and the Gold Coast Titans in Penrith, Australia.

Tyrone Peachey only played seven games for Cronulla, but his family and friends' link with the club make Friday's semi-final battle for Penrith a personal one.

Lomax ready to confront idol Greg Inglis

Coach of the Dragons PAUL MCGREGOR looks on during the NRL trial match between the St George Illawarra Dragons and Hull at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

Promising Dragons teenager Zac Lomax could mark up against South Sydney star Greg Inglis in just his fourth NRL game - a sudden death clash on Saturday.

Dragon Graham confident of facing Bunnies

JAMES GRAHAM of the Dragons in action during the NRL trial match between the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the St George Illawarra Dragons at Glen Willow Regional Sports Stadium in Mudgee, Australia.

St George Illawarra prop James Graham says he's confident of passing concussion tests in order to be cleared for Saturday's NRL semi-final against South Sydney.

NRL title won't change my mind: Sutton

JOHN SUTTON of the Rabbitohs is tackled during the NRL match between the Canterbury Bulldogs and the South Sydney Rabbitohs at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

South Sydney veteran John Sutton remains without a deal next season but wants to play on with the NRL club.

Tuivasa-Sheck to undergo knee surgery

ROGER TUIVASA-SHECK of the Kiwis passes during a New Zealand Kiwis Rugby League World Cup Training Session at the Warriors training Grounds in Auckland, New Zealand.

Roger Tuivasa-Sheck will undergo surgery on his injured knee and is in serious doubt for Kiwis duty, including next month's Test against Australia.

Greenberg defends NRL prelim at Allianz

TODD GREENBERG, Chief Executive Officer of the National Rugby League looks on after the NRL match between the Melbourne Storm and the Canberra Raiders at AAMI Park in Melbourne, Australia.

NRL boss Todd Greenberg says the size of the expected crowd for the Sydney Roosters' preliminary final is behind the decision to host it at Allianz Stadium.

Kaufusi ready to roar again in Storm final

Coach of the Storm CRAIG BELLAMY looks on during a Melbourne Storm Training Session at Gosch's Paddock in Melbourne, Australia.

Backrower Felise Kaufusi says he'll try to take the same aggressive mindset into the Storm's preliminary final after it shocked South Sydney in week one.

Cronulla's Capewell on guard for NRL semi

AARON WOODS of the Kangaroos looks on during the Rugby League World Cup Semi Final match between the Australian Kangaroos and Fiji at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia.

Aaron Woods has backed Kurt Capewell to prove his fitness for Cronulla's NRL semi-final against Penrith armed with a groin guard to protect a ruptured testicle.

Titans stand firm on Peachey

TYRONE PEACHEY of the Panthers is tackled during the NRL match between the Penrith Panthers and the Canberra Raiders at Carrington Park in Bathurst, Australia.

Gold Coast boss Graham Annesley expects Tyrone Peachey to honour his NRL deal at the club, after the Penrith star said he'd decide his future at season's end.

Broncos need more from key NRL duo: Hodges

JUSTIN HODGES of the Broncos looks on during the NRL Grand Final match between the Brisbane Broncos and the North Queensland Cowboys at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

Former Brisbane captain Justin Hodges says the Broncos must make the development of Anthony Milford and Andrew McCullough their NRL pre-season priority.

Dragons' Hunt overcomes the negativity

BEN HUNT of the Dragons is tackled during the NRL match between the St George Illawara Dragons and Sydney Roosters at Allianz Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

St George Illawarra playmaker Ben Hunt says his decision to seek help from a psychologist has turned around his NRL season.

Brailey brothers eye Sharks' No.9 jumper

JAYDEN BRAILEY of the Sharks is tackled during the NRL match between the Parramatta Eels and the Cronulla Sharks at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

Hooker Jayden Brailey could be joined by his brother Blayke in the Cronulla NRL squad next year.

Panthers' Maloney hits back at Gallen bite

JAMES MALONEY of the Panthers lines up for a conversion during the NRL match between the Newcastle Knights and the Penrith Panthers at McDonald Jones Stadium in Newcastle, Australia.

Penrith veteran James Maloney admits there were some distractions in his final season at Cronulla last year, but denies it impacted his form.

Pressure is nothing to Roosters' Cronk

COOPER CRONK of the Roosters passes the ball during the NRL match between the Sydney Roosters and the Newcastle Knights at Allianz Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

He's the man charged with helping the Sydney Roosters jump over their NRL finals hurdle but Cooper Cronk says pressure means nothing to him.

NRL urged to help players cope with trolls

BEN HUNT passes the ball during a Brisbane Broncos NRL training session in Brisbane, Australia.

The NRL must do more to help players prepare for social media criticism to avoid a repeat of Ben Hunt's high profile case, a leading sports psychologist says.

NRL's Hunt told to quit social media

BEN HUNT of the Broncos runs with the ball during a NRL match at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia

A leading sports psychologist says St George Illawarra's Ben Hunt should quit social media and learn to embrace pressure ahead of the No.7's latest challenge.

Dugan stressed over NRL perception: Gallen

PAUL GALLEN of the Sharks in action during the warm up during the NRL match between the Newcastle Knights and the Cronulla Sharks at McDonald Jones Stadium in Newcastle, Australia.

Cronulla skipper Paul Gallen has spoken about the struggles NRL teammate Josh Dugan has had to face off the field this season.

Knights' Ponga set to go under knife

KALYN PONGA of the Knights in action during the NRL match between the Newcastle Knights and the Penrith Panthers at McDonald Jones Stadium in Newcastle, Australia.

Newcastle star Kalyn Ponga could be part of the Australian squad to face Tonga and New Zealand next month after his impressive NRL season.

Aubusson ready to fill Mitchell's boots

MITCHELL AUBUSSON of the Roosters evades Phillip Sami of the Titans during the NRL match between the Sydney Roosters and the Gold Coast Titans at Allianz Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

Sydney Roosters centre Mitchell Aubusson says he'll feel confident moving into the centres to replace Latrell Mitchell, who was suspended on Tuesday night.

I needed to be benched says Dragons' Dufty

St George Illawarra fullback Matt Dufty says he was the one who asked coach Paul McGregor to bench him during last month's loss to Canterbury.

Roosters' Matterson joins Wests Tigers

The Wests Tigers have signed Sydney Roosters forward Ryan Matterson on a three-year deal beginning next NRL season.

Kalyn Ponga named the Players' Champ

KALYN PONGA of the Knights runs the ball during the NRL match between the St George Illawarra Dragons and the Newcastle Knights at WIN Stadium in Wollongong, Australia.

Kalyn Ponga has edged out Damien Cook, Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, Valentine Holmes and Cameron Munster to win The Players' Champion award.

Mitchell banned after marathon NRL hearing

LATRELL MITCHELL of the Roosters scores a try during the NRL Preliminary Final match between the Sydney Roosters and the North Queensland Cowboys at Allianz Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

Latrell Mitchell will miss the Sydney Roosters' preliminary final after being found guilty of dangerous contact at the NRL judiciary.

I've got plenty of other ribs: Greg Inglis

GREG INGLIS of the Rabbitohs watches the ball before scoring a try during the NRL match between the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the Wests Tigers at ANZ Stadium in Australia.

South Sydney pair Adam Reynolds and Greg Inglis both missed Tuesday's full training session but aren't considered in doubt for their NRL semi-final.

Graham inspired Dragons to boilover: Dufty

JAMES GRAHAM of the Dragons in action during the NRL trial match between the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the St George Illawarra Dragons at Glen Willow Regional Sports Stadium in Mudgee, Australia.

St George Illawarra fullback Matt Dufty has credited a pre-game speech from James Graham with lifting them to their upset NRL victory over Brisbane.

Dragons' Lomax set to line up against GI

Zac Lomax is set to take on South Sydney's Greg Inglis after being named to start for St George Illawarra despite Euan Aitken's return from injury.

'Westie' Moylan feeling at home at Sharks

MATT MOYLAN of the Sharks kicks the ball during the NRL match between the Cronulla Sharks and the Penrith Panthers at Southern Cross Group Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

Cronulla five-eighth Matt Moylan is looking forward to the battle in front of him in the NRL semi-final against his former club Penrith.

Moylan NRL clash not personal: Maloney

JAMES MALONEY of the Sharks runs the ball during the 2016 NRL Grand Final match between the Cronulla Sharks and the Melbourne Storm at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

Penrith's James Maloney says it won't be personal against Matt Moylan after their NRL player swap, but has poured pressure on the Cronulla No.6.

Blues given books to remember Origin win

Nathan Peats speaks to City coach BRAD FITTLER during a City NSW Origin training session at Leichhardt Oval in Sydney, Australia.

NSW coach Brad Fittler has given his State of Origin squad 144-page coffee table books to remember their 2018 series victory.

Trbojevic still aiming to be fit for Roos

TOM TRBOJEVIC of Australia celebrates scoring a try during the 2017 Rugby League World Cup match between Australia and Lebanon at Allianz Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

Doctors have told Tom Trbojevic he won't recover in time to play for the Kangaroos next month but he hasn't given up hope after fracturing his cheekbone.

De Belin stares down eye of needle again

JACK DE BELIN of the Dragons runs the ball during the NRL match between the St George Illawarra Dragons and the Canterbury Bulldogs at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

Jack de Belin has taken a needle for almost every NRL and State of Origin game since early May and he's ready to do so again for St George Illawarra's finals.

Blair set to make way for Storm's Chambers

WILL CHAMBERS passes during a Queensland Maroons State of Origin training session at Intercontinental Sanctuary Cove Resort in Brisbane, Australia.

Cheyse Blair scored two tries to help the Storm beat South Sydney but concedes he's likely to make way for Will Chambers in their NRL preliminary final.

Ex-Sea Eagle Hastings in hot water again

JACKSON HASTINGS of the Eagles in action during the NRL match between the Canberra Raiders and the Manly Sea Eagles at GIO Stadium in Canberra, Australia.

Former Manly playmaker Jackson Hastings is in hot water again but looks set to stay in England with UK Super League clubs queuing up for him.

How Origin sparked Tedesco's Rooster run

JAMES TEDESCO during a New South Wales Blues State of Origin Training Session in Kingscliff, Australia.

James Tedesco has been named named NSW's player of the 2018 State of Origin series win, and his performances have shot him into NRL form at the Sydney Roosters.

Top NRL hooker left Saints to be fullback

DAMIEN COOK of the Rabbitohs in action during the NRL match between the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the Canberra Raiders at Central Coast Stadium in Gosford, Australia.

South Sydney's Damien Cook moved away from St George Illawarra to get a chance of developing as a fullback, but he instead became the NRL's best hooker.

Brisbane must fix defence: Walters

Coach KEVIN WALTERS calls out instructions to his players during a Queensland Maroons State of Origin training session at Sanctuary Cove in Brisbane, Australia.

Former Brisbane skipper Kevin Walters says the Broncos must address their worrying defensive record or they will get "beaten up" in the NRL finals again.

Big questions ahead of Souths-Saints semi

GREG INGLIS of the Rabbitohs watches the ball before scoring a try during the NRL match between the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the Wests Tigers at ANZ Stadium in Australia.

A look at the burning issues which will help decide the winner of the NRL semi-final between South Sydney and St George Illawarra.

I've silenced my doubters: Holmes

VALENTINE HOLMES of the Sharks is tackled by JARED WAEREA-HARGREAVES of the Roosters during the NRL match between the Sydney Roosters and the Cronulla Sharks at Central Coast Stadium in Gosford, Australia.

Cronulla fullback Valentine Holmes says he's enjoyed silencing his doubters this NRL season.

Tedesco claims Blues' Brad Fittler Medal

JAMES TEDESCO during a New South Wales Blues State of Origin Training Session in Kingscliff, Australia.

Sydney Roosters fullback James Tedesco has been handed his maiden Brad Fittler Medal, for being NSW's best in their 2018 State of Origin series win.

Writing on wall for Wayne Bennett: Carne

Coach WAYNE BENNETT of the Broncos answers questions at a press conference after the NRL match between the Brisbane Broncos and the Melbourne Storm at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia.

Former Brisbane flyer Willie Carne believes the writing is on the wall for coach Wayne Bennett after the Broncos' shock NRL elimination final loss.

Sharks v Panthers - five big questions

WADE GRAHAM of the Sharks is tackled during the NRL match between the Canberra Raiders and the Cronulla Sharks at GIO Stadium in Canberra, Australia.

Whether the Sharks can stay afloat without Wade Graham and who'll win the forwards battle are among the questions hanging over the Cronulla-Penrith semi-final.

Maloney, Moylan set to meet former clubs

JAMES MALONEY of the Sharks runs the ball during the 2016 NRL Grand Final match between the Cronulla Sharks and the Melbourne Storm at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

Cronulla got the better of the Matt Moylan-James Maloney NRL players swap with Penrith, according to statistics.

Panthers' Kikau channels Wallace bravery

VILIAME KIKAU of the Panthers is tackled during the NRL match between the Penrith Panthers and the South Sydney Rabbitohs at Penrith Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

Penrith forward Viliame Kikau ignored advice to miss last week's elimination final win over Warriors due to an elbow injury.

Dragons' Widdop faces shoulder surgery

Coach of the Dragons PAUL MCGREGOR looks on during the NRL trial match between the St George Illawarra Dragons and Hull at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

St George Illawarra coach Paul McGregor says Gareth Widdop will play a key support role in the NRL finals, despite likely shoulder surgery this week.

Rabbitohs' Burgess keen to make amends

GREG INGLIS of the Rabbitohs watches the ball before scoring a try during the NRL match between the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the Wests Tigers at ANZ Stadium in Australia.

South Sydney's Sam Burgess is desperate to return to his best in the NRL semi-final against St George Illawarra after an average night against Melbourne.

Holmes feeling the NRL love at Cronulla

VALENTINE HOLMES of the Sharks is tackled by JARED WAEREA-HARGREAVES of the Roosters during the NRL match between the Sydney Roosters and the Cronulla Sharks at Central Coast Stadium in Gosford, Australia.

Cronulla star fullback Valentine Holmes says he's feeling wanted by the NRL club after he appeared long odds to stay just months ago.

Mitchell takes chance at NRL judiciary

LATRELL MITCHELL of the Roosters scores a try during the NRL Preliminary Final match between the Sydney Roosters and the North Queensland Cowboys at Allianz Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

Latrell Mitchell will fight his dangerous contact charge at the NRL judiciary in an attempt to be available for the Sydney Roosters' preliminary final.

Broncos toast retiring veteran Thaiday

Even retiring stalwart Sam Thaiday couldn't cheer up Brisbane after they were bundled out of the NRL title race by St George Illawarra.

Korbin Sims has Broncos farewell to forget

KORBIN SIMS of the Broncos runs with the ball during the NRL match between the Brisbane Broncos and the Melbourne Storm at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia.

Korbin Sims had a Brisbane send-off to forget after his brother Tariq fed off his errors to inspire St George Illawarra's 48-18 NRL elimination final victory.

NRL request Brisbane to explain over Gee

Coach WAYNE BENNETT talks to his players during the Brisbane Broncos NRL training session in Brisbane, Australia.

The NRL will ask Brisbane for an explanation after controversial former club official Andrew Gee was in the coach's box for their elimination final loss.

Hunt, Dragons must find a way with Widdop

BEN HUNT passes the ball during a Brisbane Broncos NRL training session in Brisbane, Australia.

Ben Hunt knows he'll have to step up again in the absence of halves partner Gareth Widdop for St George Illawarra to conquer South Sydney.

Dragons win to set up historic NRL finals

GARETH WIDDOP of the Dragons in action during the NRL match between the St George Illawarra Dragons and the Newcastle Knights at WIN Stadium in Wollongong, Australia.

St George Illawarra will face off in a finals game against South Sydney for the first time, as will Cronulla and Penrith, in week two of the NRL finals series.

NRL finals week one at a glance

A look at how the first week of the NRL finals unfolded and what it means for the rest of the series.

Schedule for week two of NRL finals

Schedule for week two of the NRL finals.

Panthers' Cleary haunted by finals exits

NATHAN CLEARY of the Panthers kicks during the NRL match between the Penrith Panthers and the Canterbury Bulldogs at Pepper Stadium Sydney, Australia.

Heading into another NRL semi-final, Penrith star Nathan Cleary admits being haunted by two straight exits at the same stage in the past two years.

NRL Broncos-Dragons snapshot

Snapshot of the NRL elimination final between the Broncos and the Dragons in Brisbane on Sunday.

Dragons thump Broncos 48-18 in NRL finals

St George Illawarra have knocked title contenders Brisbane out of the premiership race by claiming a shock 48-18 NRL elimination final win at Suncorp Stadium.

Tedesco revels in 1st taste of NRL finals

JAMES TEDESCO of the Roosters runs the ball during the NRL match between the Sydney Roosters and the Gold Coast Titans at Central Coast Stadium in Gosford, Australia.

Sydney Roosters fullback James Tedesco is dreaming of an Australia jumper after starring in his side's NRL qualifying final win over Cronulla.

Baker inspires Broncos women's league win

Chelsea Baker has inspired Brisbane's 30-4 win over St George Illawarra in their opening NRL Women's Premiership clash at Suncorp Stadium.

Sharks need no more motivation for Penrith

JAMES SEGEYARO catches the ball during a PNG Kumuls Rugby League World Cup captain's run in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.

Cronulla and Penrith have never met in a finals match since coming into the NRL together in 1967 but there's plenty of recent history between the teams.

Scans confirm ACL tear for Sharks' Graham

WADE GRAHAM of the Sharks makes a break during the NRL Elimination Final match between the Cronulla Sharks and the North Queensland Cowboys at Allianz Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

Scans have confirmed Cronulla second-rower Wade Graham tore his ACL in the first half of their NRL finals loss to the Sydney Roosters.

Hunt lines up against former club Broncos

BEN HUNT of the Broncos runs with the ball during a NRL match at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia

Wayne Bennett will find out if one of his toughest calls was also the right one when St George Illawarra's Ben Hunt faces Brisbane in Sunday's NRL final.

Roosters' Mitchell facing finals NRL ban

LATRELL MITCHELL of the Roosters scores a try during the NRL Preliminary Final match between the Sydney Roosters and the North Queensland Cowboys at Allianz Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

Sydney Roosters star Latrell Mitchell has been charged for a crusher tackle on Cronulla's Josh Dugan in their NRL qualifying final win.

No need for panic at Cronulla

Coach SHANE FLANAGAN talks to his players during a Cronulla Sharks NRL training session at Remondis Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

Cronulla face a slightly harder road to this year's NRL grand final if they are to qualify, but coach Shane Flanagan is confident the Sharks remain on track.

Panthers optimistic over NRL title shake

MATT MOYLAN of the Sharks beats the defence to score a try during the NRL match between the Panthers and the Sharks at Panthers Stadium in Penrith, Australia.

Penrith will take on former captain Matt Moylan and Cronulla in an NRL semi-final next week after beating the Warriors on Saturday.

Cronk has Roosters poised for premiership

COOPER CRONK of the Roosters catches the ball during the NRL match between the Sydney Roosters and the Canterbury Bulldogs at Allianz Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

Sydney Roosters halfback Cooper Cronk has starred in his side's NRL qualifying final win over Cronulla.

Kiwis sweat on Tuivasa-Sheck scans

ROGER TUIVASA-SHECK of the Warriors looks to pass the ball during the NRL match between the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the New Zealand Warriors at Optus Stadium in Perth, Australia.

Warriors star Roger Tuivasa-Sheck will need scans on his knee after suffering a suspected medial ligament injury in their NRL finals loss to Penrith.

Broncos lose, Bennett contemplates future

Coach WAYNE BENNETT of the Broncos answers questions at a press conference after the NRL match between the Brisbane Broncos and the Melbourne Storm at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia.

Wayne Bennett has been left to contemplate his future after Brisbane were bounced out of the NRL title hunt with a 48-18 thrashing from St George Illawarra.

Dragons claim underdog tag against Broncos

Coach of the Dragons PAUL MCGREGOR looks on during the NRL trial match between the St George Illawarra Dragons and Hull at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

St George Illawarra coach Paul McGregor says his side are underdogs heading into Sunday's NRL elimination final with Brisbane.

Roosters-Sharks NRL finals snapshot

A snapshot of the Sydney Roosters' 21-12 NRL qualifying final victory over Cronulla at Allianz Stadium.

Roosters beat injury-hit Sharks

The Sydney Roosters have beaten Cronulla 21-12 at Allianz Stadium on Saturday to move to within one game of the NRL grand final.

Roosters beat Sharks in qualifying final

The Sydney Roosters have beaten Cronulla 21-12 at Allianz Stadium to go one win from the NRL's grand final.

NRL Panthers-Warriors Snapshot

Snapshot of the NRL elimination final between Penrith and the Warriors.

Sharks concede Graham unlikely for semi

WADE GRAHAM of the Sharks makes a break during the NRL Elimination Final match between the Cronulla Sharks and the North Queensland Cowboys at Allianz Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

Wade Graham faces a tough test to be fit for next week's semi-final after a knee injury left him on crutches in Cronulla's loss to Sydney Roosters.

Panthers beat Warriors to book NRL semi

Penrith have booked a spot in the NRL semi-finals with a 27-12 win over the Warriors.

GWS star Patton hopes for mid 2019 return

JON PATTON poses during a Greater Western Sydney Giants AFL media opportunity at the WestConnex Centre in Sydney, Australia.

GWS Giants key forward Jon Patton says his rehab from a third knee reconstruction is going well and he hopes to be back by mid-2019.

Tuivasa-Sheck exits final with knee injury

ROGER TUIVASA-SHECK of the Warriors looks to pass the ball during the NRL match between the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the New Zealand Warriors at Optus Stadium in Perth, Australia.

Warriors star Roger Tuivasa-Sheck has suffered a suspected medial ligament injury in the first half of their NRL elimination final against Penirth.

Reynolds confident of next NRL final game

ADAM REYNOLDS of the Rabbitohs runs the ball during the NRL match between the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the New Zealand Warriors at Optus Stadium in Perth, Australia.

South Sydney halfback Adam Reynolds is confident he will play in next week's NRL semi-final against either Brisbane or St George Illawarra.

Dragons' Macdonald keen to pack with Oates

NENE MACDONALD of the Titans is tackled by Blake Ferguson of the Roosters during the NRL match between the Sydney Roosters and the Gold Coast Titans at Central Coast Stadium in Gosford, Australia.

St George Illawarra winger Nene Macdonald has joined Brisbane counterpart Corey Oates in expressing an interest in shifting to the second row.

Warriors win first women's NRL comp match

Head coach LUISA AVAIKI speaks during a New Zealand Warriors Women's Squad Media Opportunity in Auckland, New Zealand.

It was a historic day for the new NRL Women's competition and the New Zealand Warriors, the Kiwi side beating the Sydney Roosters in the first match..

Fifita's star continues to rise at Broncos

Coach WAYNE BENNETT watches on during the Brisbane Broncos NRL training session in Brisbane, Australia.

David Fifita's star continues to rise after Wayne Bennett gave the Brisbane forward a start on NRL finals debut, heaping rare praise on the 18-year-old.

Heroic Munster to future-proof Storm era

CAMERON MUNSTER of the Storm runs with the ball during the NRL match between the Brisbane Broncos and the Melbourne Storm at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia.

Melbourne hero Cameron Munster has a message for those waiting for the Storm dynasty to fall over following their qualifying final win over South Sydney.

Players should avoid social media: Bennett

ALEX GLENN of the Broncos makes a run at Shaun Johnson of the Warriors during the NRL match between the New Zealand Warriors and the Brisbane Broncos at Mt Smart Stadium in Auckland, New Zealand.

Brisbane coach Wayne Bennett says players who get distracted by social media criticism are fools, in a dig at under fire St George Illawarra halfback Ben Hunt.

Napa gap not just on Waerea-Hargreaves

DYLAN NAPA of the Roosters is sin binned during the NRL match between the Brisbane Broncos and the Sydney Roosters at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia.

Sydney Roosters coach Trent Robinson says his whole pack must stand up against Cronulla's all-star forwards with Dylan Napa still out suspended.

Penrith feel Maloney's NRL finals effect

JAMES MALONEY of the Sharks runs the ball during the 2016 NRL Grand Final match between the Cronulla Sharks and the Melbourne Storm at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

James Maloney's energy at training has been contagious ahead of the NRL's finals, according to Penrith coach Cameron Ciraldo.

Battered Bunnies heed NRL finals lesson

ADAM REYNOLDS of the Rabbitohs looks to pass during the NRL match between the Brisbane Broncos and the South Sydney Rabbitohs at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia.

South Sydney stars Greg Inglis and Adam Reynolds are likely to be monitored for separate injuries following their NRL qualifying final loss to Melbourne.

No plan for Munster's Storm match-winner

CAMERON MUNSTER of the Storm runs with the ball during the NRL match between the Brisbane Broncos and the Melbourne Storm at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia.

Cameron Munster's field goal that sent Melbourne to an NRL preliminary final was all natural talent with his skipper Cameron Smith saying he rarely practices.

Storm week off to rest a blessing: Bellamy

Coach of the Storm CRAIG BELLAMY looks on during a Melbourne Storm Training Session at Gosch's Paddock in Melbourne, Australia.

Melbourne coach Craig Bellamy says earning a bye week in the NRL finals is a blessing for his side.

Warriors shine and stumble in the NRL

ADAM BLAIR of the Warriors reacts during the NRL match between the New Zealand Warriors and the Wests Tigers at Mt Smart Stadium in Auckland, New Zealand.

There were plenty of good moments for the Warriors in 2018 but there were some inconsistencies in their best year since 2011.

Anything can happen in NRL finals: Sharks

Coach SHANE FLANAGAN talks to his players during a Cronulla Sharks NRL training session at Remondis Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

Cronulla say anything can happen in NRL finals, having been upset and causing an upset themselves over the last two Septembers.

Storm-Rabbitohs NRL finals snapshot

CAMERON MUNSTER of the Storm runs with the ball during the NRL match between the Brisbane Broncos and the Melbourne Storm at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia.

A snapshot of Melbourne's NRL qualifying final victory over South Sydney on at AAMI Park.

Inglis almost steers Souths to upset win

GREG INGLIS catches a pass during a Queensland Maroons State of Origin training session at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

Greg Inglis scored two tries but it wasn't enough for Souths to book their first win in Melbourne and earn an NRL preliminary final berth

Storm edge Souths in NRL final thriller

Melbourne are one win away from returning to the NRL grand final after overcoming South Sydney 29-28 in Friday night's qualifying final at AAMI Park.

Sims ruled out of Roosters' women's opener

RUAN SIMS of Australia runs at the defence during the 2017 Rugby League Women's World Cup Final between Australia and New Zealand at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia.

Women's NRL star Ruan Sims has been ruled out of the historic opening match of the competition for the Sydney Roosters with a hamstring injury.

Penrith reach understanding with NRL refs

Penrith coach Cameron Ciraldo says he better understands what officials will look for in the NRL finals after a meeting with referees boss Bernard Sutton.

Sharks, Dragons say goodbye to Thompson

Former St George and Cronulla back-rower Lance Thompson has been laid to rest at his funeral service in Sydney on Friday.

Bulldogs lose sponsor over Mad Monday

Canterbury have lost back-of-shirt sponsor Jaycar as the fall out from their Mad Monday antics in a Sydney pub continue.

Clock ticking for De Belin to face Broncos

St George Illawarra back-rower Jack de Belin is racing the clock to be fit for Sunday's NRL elimination final against Brisbane.

Wests Tigers say Reynolds, Brooks in clear

LUKE BROOKS of the Tigers passes the ball during the NRL match between the Sydney Roosters and the Wests Tigers at Allianz Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

The Wests Tigers say Luke Brooks and Josh Reynolds have nothing to answer for after they were searched by police at a strip club last weekend.

Cronk's time to shine at Roosters arrives

COOPER CRONK of the Maroons passes the ball during the State Of Origin series between the New South Wales Blues and the Queensland Maroons at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

Cooper Cronk was brought to the Sydney Roosters to win a premiership and his experience will be crucial during their finals campaign.

Gang of Youths set to rock NRL grand final

Aussie band Gang of Youths is the NRL's safe bet for the grand final entertainment after a contentious performance by US rapper Macklemore in 2017.

Sharks on alert for Roosters back three

Coach SHANE FLANAGAN talks to his players during a Cronulla Sharks NRL training session at Remondis Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

Cronulla coach Shane Flanagan says his side has devised a plan to shut down the in-form Sydney Roosters back three in Saturday's NRL qualifying final.

Green and gold would suit Pangai: McGuire

JOSH MCGUIRE passes the ball during the Brisbane Broncos NRL training session in Brisbane, Australia.

Brisbane lock Josh McGuire has done his best to lure teammate Tevita Pangai to the Kangaroos, saying green and gold would suit the Tongan international.

Sims plans NRL payback for brother Tariq

KORBIN SIMS of the Broncos runs with the ball during the NRL match between the Brisbane Broncos and the Melbourne Storm at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia.

Korbin Sims has volunteered to help Brisbane exploit his brother Tariq's aggression in Sunday's NRL elimination final against St George Illawarra.

Ofahengaue hails partner for NRL form

JOE OFAHENGAUE of Tonga charges forward during the 2017 Rugby League World Cup Quarter Final match between Tonga and Lebanon at AMI Stadium in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Brisbane forward Joe Ofahengaue says his partner's brave battle with breast cancer has been the catalyst to his NRL form resurgence before the finals.

Stopping giant Kikau a Warriors priority

VILIAME KIKAU of the Panthers is tackled during the NRL match between the Penrith Panthers and the South Sydney Rabbitohs at Penrith Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

Rampaging Penrith second-rower Viliame Kikau is a strike weapon the Warriors are all-too familiar with.

Manu gets set to erase finals heartbreak

TRENT ROBINSON looks on during a Sydney Roosters NRL training session at Allianz Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

Sydney Roosters rising star Joseph Manu is set to get his first taste of September football after being dropped on the eve of last year's NRL finals series.

Pearce backs possible Ponga halves move

Mitchell Pearce believes Kalyn Ponga's game suits the halves and says the pair will succeed if coach Nathan Brown makes the move at Newcastle in 2019.

Warriors look to continue to defy NRL odds

The Warriors have defied the odds in the finals for 15 years, and they're ready to do so against Penrith in their NRL elimination final on Saturday.

Suncorp return 'weird' for Dragons' Hunt

BEN HUNT passes the ball during a Brisbane Broncos NRL training session in Brisbane, Australia.

St George Illawarra's Ben Hunt admits it will be very weird returning to Suncorp Stadium for the NRL elimination final against his former club Brisbane.

Dogs slugged with record $250,000 NRL fine

TODD GREENBERG, Chief Executive Officer of the National Rugby League looks on after the NRL match between the Melbourne Storm and the Canberra Raiders at AAMI Park in Melbourne, Australia.

Four Canterbury players have been fined and others charged after the club was slugged with a $250,000 sanction by the NRL for their Mad Monday antics.

Rabbitohs ready to make history: Seibold

ANGUS CRICHTON of the Rabbitohs during the NRL match between the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the Canberra Raiders at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

South Sydney star Angus Crichton missed part of training this week due to a virus but is certain to play in their NRL qualifying final against Melbourne.

Dogs see blue sky on horizon at Belmore

Bulldogs coach DEAN PAY looks on at the post match media conference at the end of during the NRL match between the North Queensland Cowboys and the Canterbury Bulldogs at 1300SMILES Stadium in Townsville, Australia.

Canterbury coach Dean Pay says the club's problems of 2018 are behind them and is confident of improvement next NRL season.

Bellamy backs Earl for NRL finals return

SANDOR EARL of the Raiders off loads the ball during the NRL match between the Canberra Raiders and the St George Illawarra Dragons at Canberra Stadium in Canberra, Australia.

Melbourne coach Craig Bellamy says Sandor Earl would be up to playing finals despite it being five years since the Storm winger last played in the NRL.

Graham cops Dragons forwards' NRL flack

ELLIOT WHITEHEAD of the Raiders is tackeld by Jack De Belin of the Dragons during the NRL match between the Canberra Raiders and the St George Illawarra Dragons at GIO Stadium in Canberra, Australia.

Jack de Belin is edging closer to fitness for St George Illawarra's NRL elimination final with Brisbane but his fellow forwards accept recent criticism as fair.

McCullough to bolster injury hit Brisbane

ANDREW MCCULLOUGH of the Broncos passes the ball during the NRL match between the Brisbane Broncos and the North Queensland Cowboys at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia.

Brisbane may have their fair share of injury concerns but hooker Andrew McCullough says he is not among them after recovering from Dylan Napa's infamous hit.

Fusitu'a one of my hardest covers: Mansour

JOSH MANSOUR of the Panthers takes on the defence during the NRL Elimination Final match between the Manly Sea Eagles and the Penrith Panthers at Allianz Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

Penrith star Josh Mansour has labelled Warriors winger and NRL top tryscorer David Fusitu'a as one of the toughest match-ups over his NRL career.

Storm can't just rely on stars: Bellamy

CRAIG BELLAMY speaks to media during a Melbourne Storm NRL media announcement at AAMI Park in Melbourne, Australia.

South Sydney coach Anthony Seibold says he learnt plenty as an assistant to Melbourne's Craig Bellamy and is ready to take on the master in their NRL final.

Cleary tells Farah he's staying at Tigers

Tigers coach IVAN CLEARY looks on before the start of the NRL trial match between the North Queensland Cowboys and the Wests Tigers at Barlow Park in Cairns, Australia.

Robbie Farah says coach Ivan Cleary has told him he's staying at the Wests Tigers for next season.

Rugby league bosses probe 2025 World Cup

The viability of the 2025 Rugby League World Cup in North America will be investigated after the failure of the England-NZ Test concept in Denver.

Bennett ready to fire for finals: Boyd

Coach WAYNE BENNETT watches on during the Brisbane Broncos NRL training session in Brisbane, Australia.

Brisbane skipper Darius Boyd says Wayne Bennett is ready to take his game to another level as the Broncos look to break their 12 year NRL premiership drought.

Tallis tips Broncos to win NRL title

Former Brisbane skipper Gorden Tallis believes the Broncos young and imposing pack can lead the club to this year's NRL title.

Maloney key to Panthers' resurrection

JAMES MALONEY of the Sharks runs the ball during the 2016 NRL Grand Final match between the Cronulla Sharks and the Melbourne Storm at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

James Maloney is key to Penrith reviving their NRL season during the finals, says club great Greg Alexander.

Moylan credits Qld for Holmes' NRL form

VALENTINE HOLMES of the Kangaroos is tackled during the 2017 Rugby League World Cup Final between the Australian Kangaroos and England at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia.

Cronulla playmaker Matt Moyan says Valentine Holmes' Queensland State of Origin stint was the spark to the fullback's amazing try-scoring heroics.

Maloney a key to Penrith's premiership bid

JAMES MALONEY of the Panthers lines up for a conversion during the NRL match between the Newcastle Knights and the Penrith Panthers at McDonald Jones Stadium in Newcastle, Australia.

The influence of a well-travelled James Maloney underpins Penrith's hopes of securing a premiership to vindicate coach Anthony Griffin's mid-season demise.

RTS powers Warriors' finals charge

They start from eighth, but classy captain Roger Tuivasa-Sheck and an impressive away record means the Warriors could worry their NRL premiership rivals.

Cronk laments Dogs' Mad Monday antics

COOPER CRONK of the Australian Kangaroos at a training session in Melbourne, Australia

Cooper Cronk says Cantebury's Mad Monday antics are a bad look for the game and says NRL players need to be more responsible.

Matt Lodge's redemption boosts Broncos

MATTHEW LODGE of the Broncos runs with the ball during the NRL match between the St George Illawarra Dragons and the Brisbane Broncos at UOW Jubilee Oval in Sydney, Australia.

The focus is squarely on Matt Lodge's on field performances as the Broncos' pack leader now, with the forward putting his New York crime dramas behind him.

St George Illawarra NRL finals explainer

St George Illawarra NRL finals explainer.

Gorden Tallis savages Dragons pack

Gorden Tallis has savaged the St George Illawarra pack, saying they deserve to be taking the heat for the club's lacklustre final few months of the NRL season.

Burgess re-signs with Rabbitohs until 2023

SAM BURGESS of the Rabbitohs looks to the replay screen during the round one NRL match between the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the New Zealand Warriors at Optus Stadium in Perth, Australia.

South Sydney forward Sam Burgess expects to play out his rugby league career at the Rabbitohs after signing a four-year contract extension with the NRL club.

Fusitu'a destined to star in NRL

DAVID FUSITUA of the Warriors charges into Aidan Sezer of the Raiders during the NRL match between the New Zealand Warriors and the Canberra Raiders at Mt Smart Stadium in Auckland, New Zealand.

Rugby union's loss is the Warriors' gain as star winger David Fusitu'a continues to turn heads in the NRL.

Hunt ready for game of his life: Walters

BEN HUNT of the Broncos runs with the ball during a NRL match at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia

Queensland coach Kevin Walters believes maligned St George Illawarra halfback Ben Hunt is primed for the game of his life in Sunday's NRL elimination final.

Cronk expecting to be 'smacked' by Sharks

COOPER CRONK of the Roosters catches the ball during the NRL match between the Sydney Roosters and the Canterbury Bulldogs at Allianz Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

Sydney Roosters halfback Cooper Cronk says he expects to be targeted by Cronulla's Wade Graham during their NRL qualifying final.

Milford key to Brisbane NRL title: Walters

ANTHONY MILFORD of the Broncos passes the ball during the NRL match between the Brisbane Broncos and the Sydney Roosters at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia.

Queensland coach Kevin Walters says Anthony Milford can deliver Brisbane a long awaited NRL premiership and end their 12-year title drought.

Chambers plays GI to help Storm's Scott

WILL CHAMBERS of the Storm sgets tackled during the NRL match between the Melbourne Storm and the North Queensland Cowboys at AAMI Park in Melbourne, Australia.

Will Chambers will miss the Souths final but Curtis Scott says the banned Storm centre has been playing the role of Rabbitohs centre Greg Inglis at training.

Sharks bank on Holmes' hot NRL form

VALENTINE HOLMES of the Sharks is tackled by JARED WAEREA-HARGREAVES of the Roosters during the NRL match between the Sydney Roosters and the Cronulla Sharks at Central Coast Stadium in Gosford, Australia.

While Cronulla have a willing forward pack, fullback Valentine Holmes shapes as their NRL finals series strike weapon.

Sam Burgess to lead Rabbitohs NRL charge

SAM BURGESS of the Rabbitohs looks to the replay screen during the round one NRL match between the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the New Zealand Warriors at Optus Stadium in Perth, Australia.

His twin brothers Tom and George may be firing on all cylinders but good judges say Sam Burgess will be South Sydney's key man in the NRL finals series.

Kangaroos' pay cut to secure Tonga Test

Australia coach MAL MENINGA conducts an interview at Darwin Stadium in Darwin, Australia

Australian players have taken a pay cut to ensure their historic Test against Tonga goes ahead next month in Auckland.

Broncos' Lodge expects cheers not jeers

MATTHEW LODGE of the Broncos runs with the ball during the NRL match between the St George Illawarra Dragons and the Brisbane Broncos at UOW Jubilee Oval in Sydney, Australia.

Brisbane's Matt Lodge expects cheers instead of jeers when he plays St George Illawarra in Sunday's NRL elimination final after an impressive turnaround.

Dragons ready to embrace Suncorp factor

GARETH WIDDOP of the Dragons in action during the NRL match between the St George Illawarra Dragons and the South Sydney Rabbitohs at UOW Jubilee Oval in Sydney, Australia.

St George Illawarra haven't won at Suncorp Stadium since 2009, but players have vowed not to let that faze them in Sunday's elimination final against Brisbane.

Brooks unlocks success before big summer

LUKE BROOKS of the Tigers passes the ball during the NRL match between the Sydney Roosters and the Wests Tigers at Allianz Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

Luke Brooks will figure in one of the stories of the NRL off-season but he began it by being named the Wests Tigers player of the year this week.

Form quartet the key for Sydney Roosters

COOPER CRONK of the Melbourne Storm thanks the crowd after the NRL Second Preliminary Final match at AAMI Park in Melbourne, Australia.

Former Storm star Cooper Cronk is set to be his influential self when it matters most as the Roosters' leading recruit spearheads the club's premiership bid.

Smith tops Storm's list of finals assets

CAMERON SMITH of the Storm passes the ball during a Melbourne Storm NRL training session at AAMI Park in Melbourne, Australia.

Veteran Cameron Smith's steady head is expected to give the Melbourne Storm a massive leg-up in what should be one of the closest finals series in memory.

Storm welcome back stars for NRL finals

Melbourne has welcomed back their stars for Friday night's NRL qualifying final against South Sydney, naming Billy Slater, Cameron Munster and Suliasi Vunivalu.

Mansour puts brave face on numbing injury

JOSH MANSOUR of the Panthers takes on the defence during the NRL Elimination Final match between the Manly Sea Eagles and the Penrith Panthers at Allianz Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

Penrith star Josh Mansour has revealed he still doesn't have feeling in half his face following his sickening collision earlier this season.

Storm eye Souths dangerman Cook: Bromwich

Melbourne prop Jesse Bromwich says the Storm need to get on top of South Sydney's pack to put a lid on hooker Damien Cook in their NRL qualifying final.

Holmes helps Sharks discover their points

VALENTINE HOLMES of the Kangaroos is tackled during the 2017 Rugby League World Cup Final between the Australian Kangaroos and England at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia.

Cronulla are renowned as one of the best grinding teams in the NRL, but Valentine Holmes' emergence as an in-form fullback gives them an x-factor come finals.

Warriors on song ahead of finals

The Warriors are confident they'll shake off all their injuries as they ready for the deafening atmosphere of NRL finals football.

Australia-Tonga Test poised for Auckland

Auckland is poised to be announced as host of an inaugural rugby league Test between Australia and Tonga next month.

Dragons' De Belin in doubt for NRL final

JACK DE BELIN of the Dragons runs the ball during the NRL match between the St George Illawarra Dragons and the Canterbury Bulldogs at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

Jack de Belin limped into St George Illawarra training on crutches but the Dragons are still hopeful he'll face Brisbane in their NRL elimination final.

NRL to sanction Dogs for Mad Monday antics

NRL CEO TODD GREENBERG speaks during the 2018 NRL season launch at First Fleet Park in Sydney, Australia.

NRL CEO Todd Greenberg says Canterbury's Mad Monday drinks have "let down the game" and the league will no doubt sanction the club.

Bennett drama galvanised Broncos: Boyd

DARIUS BOYD of the Broncos passes the ball during the NRL match between the Brisbane Broncos and the South Sydney Rabbitohs at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia.

It threatened to destabilise their NRL season but captain Darius Boyd says the drama surrounding Wayne Bennett's future helped propel Brisbane's finals charge.

Roosters bank on stars for major NRL prize

BOYD CORDNER of the Roosters looks dejected after defeat in the NRL match between the St George Illawara Dragons and Sydney Roosters at Allianz Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

Sydney Roosters captain Boyd Cordner believes big-money signings Cooper Cronk and James Tedesco can deliver the club an elusive title.

Smith sees women's NRL game stand alone

CAMERON SMITH of the Storm charges forward during the NRL match between the Wests Tigers and the Melbourne Storm at Mt Smart Stadium in Auckland, New Zealand.

Women's rugby league will take a significant step forward this year and retired Kangaroos captain Cameron Smith sees it expanding more as a result.

Record-breaking Maloney eyes final success

James Maloney will join elite company when he plays finals football at a fourth NRL club, but bigger accomplishments await if Penrith return to form.

Storm face 30-year halfback title hurdle

COOPER CRONK of the Maroons passes the ball during the State Of Origin series between the New South Wales Blues and the Queensland Maroons at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

No team has won the NRL premiership since 1988 without having an established halfback, a challenge Melbourne must overcome in this year's finals.

Trim Inglis primed for Rabbits' title run

Rabbitohs coach MICHAEL MAGUIRE looks on during a South Sydney Rabbitohs NRL training session at Redfern Oval in Sydney, Australia.

South Sydney captain Greg Inglis has revealed how he entered this year weighing 113 kilograms, but is now down to 102 kilograms ahead of the NRL finals.

Ben Hunt ready for Brisbane return: Widdop

GARETH WIDDOP of the Dragons in action during the NRL match between the St George Illawarra Dragons and the South Sydney Rabbitohs at UOW Jubilee Oval in Sydney, Australia.

St George Illawarra captain Gareth Widdop is a certainty to join Ben Hunt in the halves for the Dragons' NRL elimination final against Brisbane.

Selfless Brennan sees Titans' big picture

Head Coach GARTH BRENNAN looks on during a Gold Coast Titans NRL training session at Parkwood in Gold Coast, Australia.

Coach Garth Brennan admits he may be putting his immediate future in peril but that his long-term vision for Gold Coast is in the NRL club's best interests.

NRL finals better for crackdown: Greenberg

NRL CEO TODD GREENBERG speaks during the 2018 NRL season launch at First Fleet Park in Sydney, Australia.

The NRL has emerged from the early-season penalty crackdown in better shape for the finals, according to NRL chief executive Todd Greenberg.

Panthers to grant Harawira-Naera a release

COREY HARAWIRA-NAERA of the Panthers breaks away to score a try during the NRL match between the Canterbury Bulldogs and the Penrith Panthers at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

Penrith will allow second-rower Corey Harawira-Naera to break his contract and join a rival NRL club on a long-term deal.

Barrett feels for shattered Manly winger

Sea Eagles coach, TRENT BARRETT looks on during the NRL match between the Penrith Panthers and the Manly Sea Eagles at Pepper Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

Manly coach Trent Barrett had plenty to feel sorry about but had the most sympathy for winger Brad Parker after their 48-16 NRL loss to Brisbane.

Broncos' Boyd slams Hunt's NRL critics

DARIUS BOYD of the Broncos is challenged by Blake Green of the Storm during the NRL match between the Melbourne Storm and the Brisbane Broncos at AAMI Park in Melbourne, Australia.

Brisbane skipper Darius Boyd has emerged as an unlikely ally for Ben Hunt, slamming the St George Illawarra No.7's critics before lining up against the Dragons.

Forward to decide NRL final: Paul Gallen

A James Tedesco-Valentine Holmes showdown will be a drawcard but Paul Gallen says the forwards will decide Cronulla's NRL final against the Sydney Roosters.

Pay sees finals return for Bulldogs in '19

Bulldogs coach DEAN PAY looks on at the post match media conference at the end of during the NRL match between the North Queensland Cowboys and the Canterbury Bulldogs at 1300SMILES Stadium in Townsville, Australia.

Canterbury have won four of their final six games of the regular season to avoid the wooden spoon and finish 12th in the NRL for 2018.

Ben Barba will star for Cowboys: Flanagan

BEN BARBA passes the ball during a Cronulla Sharks NRL training session at Remondis Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

Ben Barba will be a star at North Queensland should he sign a deal there for next season, says Cronulla coach Shane Flanagan.

Manly dramas can be settled now: Barrett

Sea Eagles coach TRENT BARRETT during the NRL match between the Gold Coast Titans and the Manly Sea Eagles at Cbus Super Stadium in Gold Coast, Australia.

Trent Barrett says his NRL future needs to resolved as soon as possible for the sake of the Manly club and their fans.

Wide-open NRL title race now down to eight

DARIUS BOYD of the Broncos passes the ball during the NRL match between the Brisbane Broncos and the South Sydney Rabbitohs at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia.

The 2018 NRL finals race is shaping as the closest in the history of the competition.

Snapshot of Round 25 of the NRL

JAMES TEDESCO of the Roosters runs the ball during the NRL match between the Sydney Roosters and the Gold Coast Titans at Central Coast Stadium in Gosford, Australia.

The Sydney Roosters have wrapped up the minor premiership and will head into the finals as title favourites however the competition has never been more open.

A look at week one of the NRL finals

Cronulla will meet minor premiers the Sydney Roosters in week one of the NRL finals while Brisbane have locked up a home final against St George Illawarra.

Tuivasa-Sheck wins Warriors player award

ROGER TUIVASA-SHECK of the Warriors looks to pass the ball during the NRL match between the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the New Zealand Warriors at Optus Stadium in Perth, Australia.

Skipper Roger Tuivasa-Sheck becomes the first recipient of the Simon Mannering medal after being crowned Warriors player of the year.

Broncos to face Dragons in NRL finals

KORBIN SIMS of the Broncos is tackled during the NRL match between the Brisbane Broncos and the Cronulla Sharks at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia.

Brisbane have finished in sixth place, meaning they'll host St George Illawarra in week one of the NRL finals.

Oates propels Brisbane to home NRL final

COREY OATES of the Broncos looks on during the NRL Preliminary Final match between the Melbourne Storm and the Brisbane Broncos at AAMI Park in Melbourne, Australia.

Corey Oates' record-equalling four tries have helped Brisbane clinch a 48-16 NRL win over Manly and a home final.

Holmes up there with Slater: NRL coach

VALENTINE HOLMES of the Sharks is tackled by JARED WAEREA-HARGREAVES of the Roosters during the NRL match between the Sydney Roosters and the Cronulla Sharks at Central Coast Stadium in Gosford, Australia.

Valentine Holmes has scored a try and set up three others in Cronulla's 12-point win over Canterbury in the NRL.

Sterling queries Roosters' finals build-up

MITCHELL MOSES of the Eels in action during the NRL match between the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the Parramatta Eels at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

NRL legend Peter Sterling has questioned whether the Sydney Roosters' 44-10 smashing of Parramatta was the ideal hit-out for the finals.

Roosters turn attention to NRL title

After claiming the NRL minor premiership, the Sydney Roosters have turned their attention towards winning the grand final.

This year one the Eels' toughest: Mannah

Parramatta skipper Tim Mannah says 2018 ranks as one of his toughest years at the club after they collected their third NRL wooden spoon in seven years.

NRL's Knights need a Pearce back-up: coach

Knights coach NATHAN BROWN speaks at the post match media conference at the end of during the NRL match between the North Queensland Cowboys and the Newcastle Knights at 1300SMILES Stadium in Townsville, Australia.

Newcastle Knights coach Nathan Brown says the NRL club needs to find a capable back-up for star halfback Mitchell Pearce next year.

Dragons trio a chance for NRL finals

GARETH WIDDOP of the Dragons in action during the NRL match between the St George Illawarra Dragons and the South Sydney Rabbitohs at UOW Jubilee Oval in Sydney, Australia.

St George Illawarra trio Gareth Widdop, Jason Nightingale and Euan Aitken could all be back for next week's NRL elimination final.

Cowboys begin NRL life without JT

JOHNATHAN THURSTON smiles during a Queensland Maroons training session at Intercontinental Sanctuary Cove Resort in Brisbane, Australia.

North Queensland coach Paul Green says the NRL club must look forward to the challenge of being successful in the post-Johnathan Thurston era.

Warriors veterans call for cool heads

SHAUN JOHNSON of the Kiwis in action during the 2017 Rugby League World Cup match between the New Zealand Kiwis and Tonga at Waikato Stadium in Hamilton, New Zealand.

Stick to what has worked. It's the simple message from Simon Mannering and Shaun Johnson to their NRL-bound teammates this week.

Roosters claim NRL minor premiership

MITCHELL MOSES of the Eels in action during the NRL match between the Wests Tigers and the Parramatta Eels at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

The Sydney Roosters have taken out the NRL minor premiership after flogging Parramatta 44-10 at ANZ Stadium on Saturday night.

Green lauds Cowboys' late-season rally

Cowboys Coach PAUL GREEN looks on before the start of the NRL match between the North Queensland Cowboys and the Cronulla Sharks at 1300SMILES Stadium in Townsville, Australia.

North Queensland coach Paul Green believes his side has salvaged plenty by sending off Johnathan Thurston aptly and finishing the season in winning style.

Bruised Brimson is Titans' shining light

Gold Coast coach Garth Brennan has revealed impressive teenage fullback AJ Brimson played on Saturday with a broken hand and recently dislocated shoulder.

Thurston stars in NRL swan song

JOHNATHAN THURSTON of the Cowboys looks to pass the ball during the NRL match between the North Queensland Cowboys and the Melbourne Storm at 1300SMILES Stadium in Townsville, Australia.

North Queensland's Johnathan Thurston says his retirement still hasn't sunk in after he led the Cowboys to a rousing comeback win in his final game.

Dragons finally fire up for NRL finals

New Dragons coach PAUL MCGREGOR watches over his players during a St George Illawarra Dragons NRL training session at WIN Stadium in Wollongong, Australia.

St George Illawarra have come back from eight points down to defeat Newcastle 24-14 in their final game of the regular NRL season.

Broncos' Bird not going anywhere: Bennett

Coach WAYNE BENNETT of the Broncos answers questions at a press conference after the NRL match between the Brisbane Broncos and the Melbourne Storm at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia.

Wayne Bennett is adamant Jack Bird won't be breaking his contract with Brisbane following speculation over his sighting at Cronulla last weekend.

Barrett backs Cartwright for Manly job

Sea Eagles coach, TRENT BARRETT looks on during the NRL match between the Penrith Panthers and the Manly Sea Eagles at Pepper Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

Trent Barrett won't confirm his departure as Manly's head coach but has backed his assistant John Cartwright if he was to leave his post at season's end.

Broncos face tough home NRL final equation

Coach WAYNE BENNETT talks to his players during the Brisbane Broncos NRL training session in Brisbane, Australia.

Brisbane's path to a home NRL final has taken two perilous twists since Friday night, with a big win against Manly on Sunday now the only option.

Warriors heed important finals lesson

A patchy win over Canberra has delivered some key lessons to the Warriors ahead of their first NRL finals campaign since 2011.

Stuart crestfallen at missing NRL finals

Raiders coach RICKY STUART looks on before the NRL match between the Gold Coast Titans and the Canberra Raiders at Cbus Super Stadium in Gold Coast, Australia.

Ricky Stuart is gutted Canberra unlocked their best NRL form in the closing weeks of the season.

Cap drama at bad time for Flanagan

Sutherland Sharks coach SHANE FLANAGAN looks on during the Dacia World Club Challenge match between Wigan Warriors and Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks at DW Stadium in Wigan, England.

Cronulla coach Shane Flanagan has backed his players to put the salary cap drama behind them in the last-round clash with Canterbury.

Storm proud of top-two NRL finish: Smith

CAMERON SMITH of the Storm passes the ball during a Melbourne Storm NRL training session at AAMI Park in Melbourne, Australia.

Melbourne NRL skipper Cameron Smith says if his team miss the minor premiership they should feel proud to finish top two after a testing season.

Mannering risks body for NRL's Warriors

SIMON MANNERING of the Warriors looks on during the NRL match between the New Zealand Warriors and the Sydney Roosters at Mt Smart Stadium in Auckland, New Zealand.

Gutsy Warriors triple centurion Simon Mannering reveals he ploughed on in pain after injuring himself in the first tackle of their NRL win over Canberra.

Panthers pumped after Storm win in NRL

Penrith feel they're back in the NRL title hunt after upsetting Melbourne, who were hoping to claim the minor premiership with a final round win.

Rabbitohs pack stung by run of losses

SAM BURGESS of the Rabbitohs looks to the replay screen during the round one NRL match between the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the New Zealand Warriors at Optus Stadium in Perth, Australia.

Sam Burgess has revealed the South Sydney forward pack took their recent run of three straight NRL losses hard before bouncing back against the Wests Tigers.

Dragons see Cowboys as finals inspiration

North Queensland only made last year's NRL finals when St George Illawarra collapsed, and now the Dragons are taking inspiration from the Cowboys late rally.