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NRL finals week one match-ups

NRL FINALS WEEK ONE MATCH-UPS

SECOND QUALIFYING FINAL

Friday, September 13

2-South Sydney Rabbitohs v 3-Melbourne at ANZ Stadium, 7:45pm

2012 results

Storm 17-10 at ANZ Stadium (rd 10)

Storm 26-8 at AAMI park (rd 22)

WHY THE RABBITOHS CAN WIN: Up until Friday night they were the most in-form of any of the sides in the top four
NRL finals week one match-ups
by AAP

NRL FINALS WEEK ONE MATCH-UPS

SECOND QUALIFYING FINAL

Friday, September 13

2-South Sydney Rabbitohs v 3-Melbourne at ANZ Stadium, 7:45pm

2012 results

Storm 17-10 at ANZ Stadium (rd 10)

Storm 26-8 at AAMI park (rd 22)

WHY THE RABBITOHS CAN WIN: Up until Friday night they were the most in-form of any of the sides in the top four. In the Burgess boys they have the muscle to cover any pack in the competition. Will also be riding a wave of public support into the finals.

WHY THE RABBITOHS CAN'T WIN: Not a good time to have a slip-up on the eve of the finals. Greg Inglis' knee continues to be a concern, while quiet games on the big stage from halves Adam Reynolds and John Sutton were not a good sign.

WHY THE STORM CAN WIN: Have had the wood on Souths in 2013, winning both contests between the sides, and, as reigning premiers, they know a thing or two about making sure they peak at the right time of the year.

WHY THE STORM CAN'T WIN: Have they hit the wall? Having put a lot of effort into rescuing a seemingly sinking ship post-Origin, the Storm's last two performances have not been the ideal finals lead-up.

FIRST QUALIFYING FINAL

Saturday, September 14

1-Sydney Roosters v 4-Manly at Allianz Stadium, 7pm

2012 results

Roosters 16-4 at Brookvale Oval (rd 9)

Roosters 18-12 at Allianz Stadium (rd 16)

WHY THE ROOSTERS CAN WIN: Being minor premiers says a lot about how good the Roosters are, and they bounced back with big games from their key players on Friday night. The Sea Eagles have not scored more than two tries in their two clashes against Roosters this year.

WHY THE ROOSTERS CAN'T WIN: Will lose plenty of firepower if Jared Waerea-Hargreaves is - as expected - suspended on a striking charge. Their middle hasn't been the same since Boyd Cordner went down, and will need to be good against a freshened up Manly pack.

WHY THE SEA EAGLES CAN WIN: Like the Storm, the Sea Eagles know how to win in September. Will have Brett Stewart, Anthony Watmough, Jorge Taufua and Brenton Lawrence all back on deck this week.

WHY THE SEA EAGLES CAN'T WIN: Have seemed to be a touch below the top three all year, with just one win from six encounters against those sides. And just how fit are Stewart and Watmough?




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