First Elimination Final: Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks vs South Sydney Rabbitohs, Sunday 13th September 2015 4:10pm @ Allianz Stadium

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Well here we go.
Personally i'd be very surprised if Souths go into this game as favourites.
Whatever happens out there this Sunday the Sharks need to be congratulated for turning their fortunes around & securing a semi finals spot after being written off by most.
I expect to see a quality game of footy as both teams have so much to play for & of course i want a Rabbitohs victory but if the Sharks win then so be it.
See you lot during the week for some friendly banter leading up to the game.
 

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Originally posted by CrankyShark
I still can't believe we lost. We were poor but Manly were very lucky to get up, they didn't deserve to win.

Beating the Rabbits is as good a way as any to start the finals. We weren't knocked out today and putting it behind us is the only way to go.

One of those classic Cronulla days where everything goes wrong
 

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Early prediction is souths in a close one 22-20. Inglis will have a big impact and they will be out for redemption for their last few loses
 

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Snippet from the DT



HOW is every team tracking heading into week one of the NRL finals?

We have everything you need to know in our 2015 NRL finals form guide.



NRL FINALS WEEK ONE

ROOSTERS V STORM

Qualifying Final: Friday, September 11, 7.55pm, Allianz Stadium

(1) Sydney Roosters v (4) Melbourne Storm

This season: Rd 7 Storm 17 Roosters 16, Rd 12 Roosters 24 Storm 2

ROOSTERS

If they have to, can they win the premiership without Mitchell Pearce?

Twelve straight wins and counting have the Roosters looking near unbeatable.

While Pearce is due back at some stage during the finals, how replacement halfback Jackson Hastings handles the pressure of these big games will be crucial.

It’s a big ask for a side to win 15 in a row, especially without forward leader Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, but with Roger Tuivasa-Sheck in devastating form, Trent Robinson has his side primed.

Casualty ward/suspensions

Jared Waerea-Hargreaves (ACL, season)

Mitchell Pearce (hamstring, finals week 3-4)

TAB odds

This week $1.36

Premiership $2.65

STORM

No Billy Slater, no chance?

Hardly. Cameron Munster has proven there is life after the Storm No. 1 with a number of barnstorming performances from fullback.

His attacking exploits behind a representative-laden forward pack have the Storm poised menacingly with a home final first-up.

They’ve beaten the Sharks, Cowboys and Broncos in the past month, the only blemish a mind-boggling loss to wooden spooners the Knights.

In those three wins they conceded a total of 16 points.

Casualty ward/suspensions

Slade Griffin (knee, season)

Billy Slater (shoulder, season)

Dayne Weston (pectoral, season)

Tom Learoyd-Lahrs (knee, indefinite)

Dale Finucane (dislocated arm, finals)

TAB odds

This week $3.25

Premiership $8

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The Bulldogs and Dragons will clash on Saturday night at ANZ Stadium.
BULLDOGS V DRAGONS

Elimination Final: Saturday, September 12, 5.50pm, ANZ Stadium

(5) Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs v (8) St George Illawarra Dragons

This season: Rd 6 Dragons 31 Bulldogs 6, Rd 13 Bulldogs 29 Dragons 16

BULLDOGS

It must be finals time.

The Bulldogs have claimed four successive scalps, including those of the Broncos and Rabbitohs, since their 38-28 round 21 loss to the Roosters.

They have more than 10 players with representative experience, and that’s despite missing Tony Williams and Trent Hodkinson.

Last year they came from seventh to make the grand final and despite a hefty injury toll, you wouldn’t rule out Des Hasler masterminding another title run.

Casualty ward/suspensions

Tony Williams (pectoral, season)

Michael Lichaa (foot, season)

Trent Hodkinson (wrist, season)

Pat O’Hanlon (ankle, indefinite)

Aiden Tolman (hamstring, finals week 1)

Corey Thompson (knee, finals week 1)

TAB odds

This week $1.26

Premiership $6.50

DRAGONS

IT would be some effort to win the premiership from eighth place, even if coach Paul McGregor is confident he has a side capable of achieving the feat.

But the fact is the Dragons only played two top-eight teams in the last eight weeks of the competition (Storm and Broncos) and lost them both.

Halfback Gareth Widdop’s injury could keep him out of the finals and that would be a fatal blow.

A spine featuring Dugan-Marshall-Widdop-Rein has the potential to hurt their rivals.

The Red V just don’t have the depth to cover such a significant loss.

Casualty ward/suspensions

Dan Hunt (knee, season)

Will Matthews (shoulder, season)

Gareth Widdop (quadricep, indefinite)

TAB odds

This week $4

Premiership $6.50


THRILLING FINISH: Dogs limp into finals on back of Graham

SHARKS SHOCKER: Cronulla bomb top-four chance v Manly

CASUALTY WARD: Stars Pearce, Widdop, Fifita all in doubt

BRONCOS V COWBOYS

Qualifying Final: Saturday, September 12, 7.55pm, Suncorp Stadium

(2) Brisbane Broncos v (3) North Qld Cowboys

This season: Rd 3 Broncos 44 Cowboys 22, Rd 10 Cowboys 31 Broncos 20

BRONCOS

They’ve been the standouts for much of the year but a couple of late-season slip-ups against top-four rivals the Roosters and Storm raise questions about whether they can win it.

They have plenty to play for in front of an expected sellout crowd.

Wayne Bennett will be keen to put his Newcastle experience behind him, while retiring centre Justin Hodges is chasing a fairytale farewell to his career.

With potential home-ground advantage up until the grand final, young gun halves Anthony Milford and Ben Hunt could lead a Brisbane revival.

Casualty ward/suspensions

James Gavet (ACL, season)

Josh McGuire (Achilles, season)

Daniel Vidot (broken finger, indefinite)

TAB odds

This week $1.55

Premiership $4.50

COWBOYS

North Queensland have limped into the finals.

Sure, they put big scores on the hapless Warriors and Titans, but they couldn’t topple the Sharks, Storm or Rabbitohs when the minor premiership and a first-up home final were up for grabs.

Prop James Tamou’s comeback from a neck injury is huge, as is Michael Morgan’s anticipated return.

Fullback Lachlan Coote is nearing career-best form, while hooker Jake Granville continues his breakout year.

After a horror run of finals luck in recent years, the Cowboys are due a change of fortune.

Johnathan Thurston’s premiership window, however, is slowly closing.

Casualty ward/suspensions

Tautau Moga (ACL, season)

Michael Morgan (knee, finals)

TAB odds

This week $2.50

Premiership $5


The Cowboys and Broncos have shared their spoils in two clashes this season.
SHARKS V RABBITOHS

Elimination Final: Sunday, September 13, 4.10pm, Allianz Stadium

(6) Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks v (7) South Sydney Rabbitohs

This season: Rd 7 Sharks 18 Rabbitohs 10

SHARKS

The real finals Rubick’s cube.

They beat the Roosters on both occasions this year but lost at home on Sunday to Manly.

They were also kept scoreless against Melbourne at Remondis Stadium just three weeks ago.

On the plus side, Paul Gallen, Luke Lewis and Michael Ennis are all big-game players.

Add the youth of Jack Bird and Valentine Holmes with Ben Barba potentially set to return from injury off the bench and the Sharks could be dangerous.

They do struggle to score points at times, with their creativity grinding to a halt.

Casualty ward/suspensions

Fa’amanu Brown (ACL, season)

Kyle Stanley (ACL, season)

Jacob Gagan (Achilles, season)

Ben Barba (ankle, finals)

TAB odds

This week $1.90

Premiership $26

RABBITOHS

It’s all gone so wrong for the defending premiers.

An away win against the Cowboys in round 23 appears just an aberration because since then they’ve been thoroughly beaten

by the Bulldogs, Broncos and Roosters in the worst possible finals preparation.

No momentum and rumours of unrest with coach Michael Maguire.

Inglis needs to return from his knee injury to give his side any chance of surviving the first week of the finals.

That still leaves the Bunnies without the suspended Issac Luke, who may have played his last game in the red and green.

Casualty ward/suspensions

Greg Inglis (knee, indefinite)

John Sutton (leg, season)

Suspended: Issac Luke (finals week 2)

TAB odds

Retired: Ben Lowe

This week $1.90

Premiership $26
 

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So what's your expected team changes this week. Barba in for Arona, I have Boogs for A Fifita.
Bukuya didn't seem to have a real go yesterday and has been hit and miss, love the guy but he makes way this week.

Don't know how D Fifita is travelling at training, is he worth a swap with Prior? Prior has been good but not sure what the reason is for the limited mins yesterday.
 

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So what's your expected team changes this week. Barba in for Arona, I have Boogs for A Fifita.
Bukuya didn't seem to have a real go yesterday and has been hit and miss, love the guy but he makes way this week.

Don't know how D Fifita is travelling at training, is he worth a swap with Prior? Prior has been good but not sure what the reason is for the limited mins yesterday.
I do. Our coach is a turd!
 

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Apart from the odd burst the last 4 weeks have been very average from us. I can't see us turning things around but we are playing against a team in the same boat. No idea what to expect from this.
 

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Apart from the odd burst the last 4 weeks have been very average from us. I can't see us turning things around but we are playing against a team in the same boat. No idea what to expect from this.

A BIG win to the Sharks hopefully .
 

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So souths will be without inglis and luke again. Awsome. We may be a chance. We then travel to queensland to play the cowboys (likely). We got this.
 

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A BIG win to the Sharks hopefully .

The only good thing about getting Souths is they're one of two teams we have any chance of beating on recent form.

So souths will be without inglis and luke again. Awsome. We may be a chance. We then travel to queensland to play the cowboys (likely). We got this.

Source?
 

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Why isn't this game at Home??? NRL finals breakdown lists this game as being a home game for 6th...
 
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