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

The finals kick-off on Friday night, when 2015 grand finalists the Broncos host the Titans at Suncorp Stadium.
FRIDAY
Elimination Final: Brisbane Broncos (5) v Gold Coast Titans (8)
7.55pm at Suncorp Stadium

SATURDAY
Qualifying Final: Canberra Raiders (2) v Cronulla Sharks (3)
5.50pm at GIO Stadium
Qualifying Final: Melbourne Storm (1) v North Queensland Cowboys (4)
7.55pm at AAMI Park
SUNDAY
Elimination Final: Penrith Panthers (6) v Canterbury Bulldogs (7)
4.10pm at Allianz Stadium

BRONCOS v TITANS
Elimination Final: Brisbane Broncos (5) v Gold Coast Titans (8)
7.55pm Friday at Suncorp Stadium
This season: Rd 5 Titans 16 Broncos 24
BRONCOS
There were some shaky moments along the way but the Broncos are sitting pretty with five straight wins and their big guns seem to have found some form just in time for a finals charge.
Only two teams in history have won the competition from outside the top four, the second of which was 20 years ago, so history is not on the side of the Broncos no matter how many comparisons to 2006 you may read.
There is still great talent across the park for Brisbane and their forwards in particular have been breathing fire over the last few weeks. What will be of some concern to Wayne Bennett is the indifferent kicking game of Anthony Milford and Ben Hunt, which manifested itself most notably against the Roosters, and a troubling error rate that has been a problem for several weeks. If they can fix those two ailments they can certainly do some damage in the playoffs.

RAIDERS v SHARKS
Qualifying Final: Canberra Raiders (2) v Cronulla Sharks (3)
5.50pm Saturday at GIO Stadium
This season: Rd 7 Raiders 16 Sharks 40; Rd 22 Sharks 14 Raiders 30
RAIDERS
Securing a home final with a thumping win over the Tigers is a major boost to Canberra’s title hopes. While they’re a dangerous football side wherever they go, their home record of 10 wins and two losses is the second best in the league.
Despite the back-to-back wins over Melbourne and Cronulla and a 10-match winning streak, many are quick to write the Raiders off as title contenders due to their unorthodox attacking style and admittedly patchy defence. However, when they’re on there are few teams who can match them and they’ve been on an awful lot lately. Write them off at your own peril.
STORM v COWBOYS
Qualifying Final: Melbourne Storm (1) v North Queensland Cowboys (4)
7.55pm Saturday at AAMI Park
This season: Rd 10 Storm 15 Cowboys 14, Rd 11 Storm 16 Cowboys 8
STORM
All season the Storm have kept winning by playing to their strengths — excellent defence, good execution and getting the little things right. They locked up the minor premiership with a typically clinical win over the Sharks on Saturday night and assuming they down the Cowboys they won’t leave Melbourne again until the grand final.
Cooper Cronk and Cameron Smith continue to do Cooper Cronk and Cameron Smith things. Their forward pack is perhaps the most adaptable in the competition with Jesse Bromwich, Tohu Harris and Dale Finucane all in career-best form.
The Storm are well-rounded and play a type of game that is easily replicable on any stage. With plenty of big-match experience across their line up — they have five players remaining from their 2012 premiership side — they should be regarded as title favourites.
PANTHERS v BULLDOGS
Elimination Final: Penrith Panthers (6) v Canterbury Bulldogs (7)
4.10pm Sunday at Allianz Stadium
This season: Rd 2 Panthers 16 Bulldogs 18
PANTHERS
Penrith are hotter than hot right now with a strong winning streak and a young, exciting core unit that possesses great skill, confidence and ability. Despite having a back-rower and an 18-year-old in the halves the Panthers have managed to clamber into sixth spot on the ladder.
Having said that, it’s important to take the Panthers’ recent winning run with a grain of salt. They have beaten a listless Roosters side, the lowly Knights, a Tigers team that didn’t show up before toppling the Titans at home (by far their most impressive win in the last month) and eviscerating a Manly side who were already planning Mad Monday.
That’s not to say the Panthers are cannon fodder — they play the Bulldogs this week and given Canterbury’s recent form they’re in with a real shot of moving on to week two — but they do have some defensive issues, they make a lot of mistakes and they have several key players who are taking part in their first finals series. They’re flawed, but dangerous.




NRL LADDER

WDLBPDPTS
1Storm1905226142
2Raiders1716223239
3Sharks1716217639
4Cowboys1509222934
5Broncos1509212034
6Panthers14010210032
7Bulldogs1401025832
8Titans1111221127
9Tigers110132-10826
10Warriors100142-8824
11Dragons100142-19724
12Rabbitohs90152-7622
13Sea Eagles80162-10920
14Eels130112-2618
15Roosters60182-13316
16Knights11222-4957













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