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KEY TO YOUR NRL CLUBS FINALS SERIES SUCCESSMELBOURNEStrength: Their no-fuss style. Telvin Smith Jersey . Missed the least tackles and made the least errors this year. Its why they finished first and were 50 points better than any other defensive outfit.Weakness: They only lost four games while close to full-strength, but they were to Canberra, Canterbury, Cronulla and Brisbane - all teams they could face in the next month.CANBERRAStrength: Their attack. They scored more points (688) this season than any other team than in the past decade and have still scored 96 points in the past fortnight without injured playmaker Blake Austin.Weakness: That 20-minute switch-off. They got away with it against Parramatta and Manly in recent weeks, but it wont wash in finals football.CRONULLAStrength: Their forwards have busted through 300 tackles this year, with Andrew Fifita accounting for 82 of them. He and Paul Gallen have also cracked the 3000-metre run mark, while the team has produced 340 offloads.Weakness: Theyve missed the second-most tackles (669) of the finals teams, and their two highest counts have come in the past month against Melbourne (41) and St George Illawarra (35).NORTH QUEENSLANDStrength: Rejuvenated Johnathan Thurston. Was quiet by his standards in the Cowboys mid-season slump, but has set up five tries and six linebreaks in the three wins leading into the finals.Weakness: Have lost to each of the other top-five teams, who they are likely to only meet between now and the decider. Also provide the least offloads of all teams in 2016, which the best defensive teams will know and rely on.BRISBANEStrength: Theyll make the opposition work for every opportunity. The Broncos have conceded the least penalties (5.5 per game) and made the second-least errors (8.7 per game) of all teams this year, making field position hard to come by.Weakness: Halves Anthony Milford and Ben Hunt can be inconsistent. Hunt has failed to set up a try or a linebreak in nine games this year, including in four of the past five weeks. Milford has done likewise on six occasions.PENRITHStrength: Finals matches are generally tight, and no-one wins more close ones than Penrith. Theyve won seven matches by four points or less this year, more than any team in the competition.Weakness: Only the Titans have a worse defensive record of all top-eight teams, while Penrith have also missed 32 tackles per match.CANTERBURYStrength: Sam Kasiano returns from suspension. He often provides much-needed momentum off the bench, as evidenced by the fact the Bulldogs score more points than any other team between the 20th and 40th minute.Weakness: They have the worst attacking record of any team in the finals, including an average of just 13.8 points per match since their second bye.GOLD COASTStrength: They love the grind. Work their way into almost every match and have beaten Canberra and Penrith doing that this year, before drawing with the Sharks.Weakness: Theyre still adapting to a game plan with late arrival Jarryd Hayne at the back, and wont have much more time to learn with an elimination final against Brisbane on Friday.*Stats courtesy Fox Sports Stats. Marcell Dareus Jersey . -- Former San Diego Chargers safety Paul Oliver was found dead at his Atlanta-area home Tuesday night, and a medical examiner said Wednesday that the ex-player committed suicide. A. J. Cann Jersey . Anthony Calvillo, through 20 CFL seasons, was frequently invincible and largely stoic in the heat of competition. But underneath the professional exterior he was, and is, compellingly human. http:///...ap-josh-lambo-jersey . Hazard cut in from the left and scored with a swerving right-footed shot for ninth goal of the season, which proved to be enough for the victory despite Chelseas forwards again lacking a cutting edge up front. Its official - Parramattas NRL top-eight hopes are over after falling 34-14 to the Titans in Saturday evenings clash on the Gold Coast.In contrast, the seventh-placed Titans remain in sight of their first finals campaign in six years after a five-tries-to-three triumph in front of 15,273 fans at cbus Super Stadium.However, Parramatta coach Brad Arthur said there was still plenty to gain from their nightmare season.Our season may be over but we have standards and expectations - that is all we can judge ourselves on, he said.We have to ask ourselves at the end of the year did we maintain those standards or take the easy option?.The Eels had been holding onto hope that winning their remaining seven matches would keep them in the finals mix.In a year of lurching from controversy to controversy for Parramatta, Eels fans would still have been disheartened by the events of the past week.Wayward five-eighth Corey Norman watched from the Gold Coast sidelines after being suspended for eight weeks and fined $20,000 for a string of off-field incidents, including a conviction for drug possession.Parramatta were also taken over by a NSW government-appointed administrator on Tuesday in the wake of their salary-cap scandals which resulted in them being fined $1 million and docked 12 competition points.But the loss finally derailed the Eels unlikely finals run.Captain Beau Scott (ankle) was cut before the match while hooker Isaac De Gois (suspected knee) limped off in the 64th minute as Parramatta slid to third last on 12 points.Weve got probably three quarters of the salary cap sitting on the sidelines, Arthur said of their long list of unavailable players including playmaker Kieran Foran.We will just add them (De Gois, Scott) to the list.We will find some (back-up).If anything, I would rather them (injuries) this year than next year.Eels stand-in skipper Tim Mannah said it was pretty easy to ignore their off-field dramas.This is a resilient, tough group, he said.The attitude we have makes it a lot easier to deal with situations that look pretty messy from the outside.I think we will be better for it once we come through it.Happier days aappear ahead for the Titans. Jalen Ramsey Jersey. They will back themselves to crack the top eight for the first time since 2010 after downing Parramatta - the first of three straight home fixtures.The Titans overcame the loss of suspended former NSW Origin player Greg Bird to book their second straight win.The Gold Coast may need to win just three of their remaining six games to guarantee a finals berth.Henry admitted many would be surprised by the Gold Coasts finals push after being dismissed as no chance by so-called pre-season experts.But the Titans mentor urged his side to keep the shocks coming.Everyone is surprised by our performances, but were not, Henry said ahead of two-straight home games.It (finals) is in our own hands. We have fought to be in that head space.Now we need to maintain it.A finals tilt would cap a remarkable Titans turnaround.Just last year the NRL took over control of the Titans in a nightmare 12-month period which also included the Daly Cherry-Evans backflip and a cocaine scandal.It (turnaround) is on the back of leadership, Henry said.Plus guys we have recruited are getting the job done (and) weve handled a bit of adversity with injuries.Its also about winning back fans by playing a brand of football that we are proud of.We will keep pushing.After trailing 14-4 at halftime, Parramatta cut the deficit to six points when prolific winger Bevan French crossed in the 58th minute for his 10th try of the season.But the Titans were not to be denied.Back-rower Chris McQueen bagged his double by the 71st minute before halfback Ash Taylors 40m intercept try in the dying moments iced the result.Gold Coast jumped to a 14-0 lead by the 19th minute after tries to Titans recruit Konrad Hurrell, Anthony Don and McQueen.Eels back-rower Ken Edwards put the visitors on the scoreboard running off Clint Gutherson in the 36th minute.Titans veteran hooker Nathan Friend (hamstring) left the field in the 34th minute in addition to the Eels rake de Gois (suspected knee issue) who limped off in the 64th. 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