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The Four Pointer - Four things to look out for in Finals week 1

The South Sydney Rabbitohs are back playing finals footy and it kicks off tonight against the Melbourne Storm at AAMI Park. 

Check out the four biggest points from what should be a massive encounter between two extremely strong Rugby League outfits. 

 

Finals Footy is back

Captain's calling

After 25 gruelling regular season rounds, the most exciting time of the year is here and after a two-year hiatus, the men in Red and Green are ready to make an impact once again.

From the players to the coaching staff and to the head office, the Club has never been more confident of adding the 22nd Premiership to an already stacked trophy cabinet.

It's a tough start for the team as they head down to Melbourne for week 1 of their finals campaign but after an extremely impressive year the Rabbitohs are relishing the challenge, and are pumped up more than ever to start this series off with a bang.  

 

A curse will be broken

'It's going to be a tough journey' - Inglis

Whoever wins this epic clash will finally snap two of Rugby League's long-running hoodoos. 

For the Men in red and green, they'll be looking to break their southern drought with their first ever win in Melbourne. 

Having beaten the Storm earlier in the year the Rabbitohs are high on confidence that they can crack the curse, and add it to their impressive list of achievements in 2018. 

Whilst for the Storm are out to break a 14-year pattern.

Not since 2004 have the reigning Premiers been victorious in week 1 of the finals, however, a win tonight will end this unusual record. 

 

Burgess to go to next level following contract extension 

It's official, Sam Burgess will be a Rabbitoh for life and you can bet your bottom dollar that he will kick off his new deal with a bumper game in Victoria. 

Returning to the finals for the first time since his Clive Churchill winning performance in 2014, Burgess is ready to make a Premiership winning impact in South Sydney's charge to the 2018 title. 

Slamming Sam signs on

 

Rabbitoh way to shine through

'The forwards will decide the game' - Seibold

After both teams finished second and third respectively with points difference the only thing that separating the two, it's a flip of the coin on who comes out victorious.

The reflective seasons have drawn in comparisons between both sides, however, Rabbitohs Head Coach Anthony Seibold believes his Rabbitohs play their own way.

Having spent time down in Melbourne refining his coaching ability, whilst he took a lot out his time at the Storm, Seibold says side does things differently in 2018, which should shine through tonight in the crunch qualifying final.

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