Team captains from the eight NRL finals clubs have converged on Telstra Stadium ahead of a highly anticipated finals campaign.

The skippers took time out to flaunt their title hopes following an explosive final weekend of competition.

Alex Fynes-Clinton reports.

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The NRL Captains were all smiles this morning but that will change for some as the finals race heats up.

Lock Ashley Harrison fronted up for sole Queensland finalist Gold Coast in place of injured skipper Scott Prince.

The Titans secured a home final after a tight weekend win over the Tigers, but lady luck wasn’t so kind to Manly who stuttered into the eight after a loss to the Bulldogs.

The Sea Eagles have plenty to ponder after a host of stars were put on report in the torrid thirty to twenty four loss.

It proved happier hunting for Melbourne who thrashed the Knights 34-4 at AAMI Park.

Playing for no points after salary cap breaches the Storm signalled their future intent to NRL rivals with a classy victory.

In Sydney minor premiers St George dashed the Rabbitohs’ slim finals hopes.

Proving to everyone why the bookies have them as favourites for the flag, the Dragons dismantled South Sydney in a clinical Wayne Bennett coached display.

The performance sets up a much-anticipated first week home finals clash with Manly.

Alex Fynes-Clinton, QUT News.