SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 01: James Tadesco of the Roosters celebrates scoring a try with team mate Cooper Cronk of the Roosters during the round 25 NRL match between the Parramatta Eels and the Sydney Roosters at ANZ Stadium on September 1, 2018 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

With the 2018 finals series finally upon us it is time for the big match players to stand and deliver. These 12 players will be instrumental in shaping the finals and delivering their team a premiership.


Sam Burgess

Recently re-signed Rabbitohs forward Sam Burgess will be hoping to lead his team deep into the finals. Burgess was a huge part of the Rabbitohs success in 2014, and if he can repeat his heroics, South Sydney will be a major threat.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – JUNE 01: Sam Burgess of the Rabbitohs looks on during the round 13 NRL match between the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the Cronulla Sharks at ANZ Stadium on June 1, 2018 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)


  1. NEWS FLASH: I’ve already seen the Clive Churchill medal engraved with Billy Slater’s name on it and read the victory speech by Cameron Smith on a News Ltd advance with the headline reading “Billy’s Fairy Tale Swansong”. And I’ve seen Grand Final tickets already printed for the Storm vs the Roosters decider. It’s already been decided boys and girls, now we just get to go through the motions for the sake of the advertising revenue. An insider at FOX showed me all this but I won’t say who.

      • Waste not, want not I always say mate. You Roosters are spoilt that’s the problem. Uncle Nick might have a throwaway mentality kicking Pearce, Guerra, Watson and SKD to the kerb but the Knights showed that anything can be recycled. They like to sift through the garbage of other teams looking for hidden gems like Kayln Ponga, Jamie Buhrer, Tautau Moga, Herman Ese’ese, Chris Heighington… sorry I choked on that last one. Must be passed it’s used by date.

        Look at Jake Friend, I used to have to help him home after a loss (couldn’t hold his liquor) now he won’t touch the stuff and I had to find another drinking partner (an insider at FOX but I won’t say who). If Jake can recycle his image and reinvent himself why couldn’t the four former chooks that got the chop? Very wasteful don’t you think?

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