2012 NRL Match Previews - Week 1 Finals

Canterbury Bulldogs v Manly Sea Eagles

An epic encounter awaits us all to begin the 2012 Finals Series from ANZ Stadium on Friday night. Minor Premiers, the Bulldogs, host 4th place finishers Manly and whilst under the new playoff structure this game is not sudden death; it will definitely feel like there is no tomorrow for these two clubs. Especially when all the talk about coaches is over and the players decide who wins and who loses, rather than the bloke with the headphones on.

And what a mighty collection of footballers we have here. Two forward packs with almost no weak links and plenty of courage. They play close to the line and do not take a backward step while also showing class and amazing skill with ball in hand. But if the forwards don't peak your interest, keep an eye on the battle between Steve Matai and Krisnan Inu as they resume their memorable confrontation from last year