Winning the Grand Final is all about peaking at the right end of the season. How many times have we seen teams dominate all year (Storm!?) only to fall short to a team hitting form when it counts most?
The 2009 season is especially famous for this. The Dragons, Bulldogs and to a lesser extent the Titans, were far and away the best teams across the regular rounds.
The Storm, in fourth, finished five points behind the table-topping Dragons and Broncos. The eighth-placed Eels were four points further back.
Both found form at the right end of the season and would meet in one of the most famous, and now infamous, Grand Finals of the modern era.
Obviously, both teams contesting this Sunday's Grand Final are in form. Two straight wins is the minimum requirement, but not every player is currently firing on all cylinders.
We look below at the five form players heading into the decider. These aren't necessarily the best players, but the players who enter in red, hot form and will likely decide the premiership.
Let us know below who you believe is entering the Grand Final as the form player of the competition.
3. Kurt Capewell
The Panthers and Maroons superstar is undoubtedly the most underrated member of the Panthers pack. He's arguably the most underrated player in the competition.
Capewell has been absolutely immense thus far across the finals series. Being a forward isn't all about running metres. Although he's averaging around 70 per game, it's the strength of his runs.
He busted the line against the Storm which lead to a try. He crossed for his team's only try against the Eels.
Capewell is the ultimate effort player. Every single second he is on the park he's giving 100%. He's always there in support in both attack and defence.
He did miss seven tackles against the Storm, but he made 50. In a game of that intensity, the collision was just as important as completed tackles.
You can bet that Capewell will make a big run this weekend. He'll tackle himself to exhaustion and will be in absolutely everything!
Rugby League Outlaws Grand Final Preview!!!