Sea Eagles hot ahead of Storm finals duel

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By Zachary Gates and Marc Churches

The details of week 1 of the NRL finals person been revealed, with the apical 8 locked successful pursuing the last circular of the regular season.

In the opening crippled of the finals, insignificant premiers Melbourne volition look fourth-placed Manly successful a qualifying last astatine Sunshine Coast Stadium connected Friday night.

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The Storm person again been prolific successful 2021, equalling the grounds 19-game winning streak of the 1975 Eastern Suburbs outfit.

But the Sea Eagles are packed with firepower and their main destroyer is superstar fullback Tom Trbojevic, who produced different unthinkable show successful yesterday's 46-18 triumph implicit the Cowboys, truthful an upset could beryllium sprung.

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Manly observe a effort successful their final-round triumph implicit North Queensland. (NRL Imagery)

Following the Storm-Sea Eagles opener, the fifth-placed Roosters volition conscionable the eighth-placed Titans astatine Townsville's Queensland Country Bank Stadium connected Saturday evening.

The Titans knocked the Sharks from eighth connected the ladder successful their past crippled of the regular season.

Tasked with beating the Warriors by 11 points to bargain eighth presumption from the Sharks, Gold Coast hammered New Zealand 44-0 successful a fiery clash.

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Making for a Saturday double-header, second-placed Penrith volition quadrate disconnected against third-placed South Sydney astatine Queensland Country Bank Stadium connected Saturday night.

And week 1 of the finals volition beryllium capped with the sixth-placed Eels clashing with the seventh-placed Knights astatine Rockhampton's Browne Park connected Sunday afternoon.

Week-one NRL finals match-ups

Qualifying final: Melbourne Storm (first) v Manly Sea Eagles (fourth), Sunshine Coast Stadium, 7:50pm Friday

Elimination final: Sydney Roosters (fifth) v Gold Coast Titans (eighth), Queensland Country Bank Stadium, 5:40pm Saturday

Qualifying final: Penrith Panthers (second) v South Sydney Rabbitohs (third), Queensland Country Bank Stadium, 7:50pm Saturday

Elimination final: Parramatta Eels (sixth) v Newcastle Knights (seventh), Browne Park, 4:05pm Sunday

The Titans observe a David Fifita effort during their final-round belting of the Warriors. (NRL Imagery)

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