Allan Langer (c)
Tonie Carroll/Shane Webcke
A Ettingshausen (c)
Brisbane v Cronulla
Head-to-head record (1988-97): 16 matches, Brisbane 11 wins, Cronulla 5.
Leading tryscorer: Brisbane - Wendell Sailor, 15. Cronulla - Mat Rogers, 14.
Leading goalkicker: Brisbane - Darren Lockyer 65/104 (63%). Cronulla - Mat
Rogers 68/98 (69%).
Tries scored and conceded: Brisbane 95-49. Cronulla 74-46.
Penalties for and against: Brisbane 101-113. Cronulla 125-116.
Home and away record (1996-97): Brisbane (home) Played 19, won 16, lost 2,
drawn 1. Cronulla (away) Played 21, won 19, lost 2, drawn 1.
n Brisbane has won three out of four matches against Cronulla at ANZ Stadium.
n Brisbane thrashed the Sharks 34-2 in the major semifinal in Townsville two
n The Broncos are undefeated at ANZ Stadium this season.
LAST THREE STARTS:
Brisbane: Won, Hunter 34-16 (H); Won, Canterbury 32-24 (A); Won, Cronulla
Cronulla: Won, Canberra 22-18 (H); Lost, Brisbane 34-2 (A); Won, Canberra
Rd 5: Brisbane 14-12 (ANZ Stadium)
Rd 13: Cronulla 32-4 (Shark Park)
Major semifinal: Brisbane 34-2 (Stockland Stadium)
FOOTYTAB: No start
BETTING: Brisbane 1-4; Cronulla 25-10.
BOTTOM LINE: Fittingly, the season's two most consistent teams have reached
the inaugural Super League grand final. The Sharks are in their first decider
since 1978 while the Broncos won the 1992 and 1993 titles. Cronulla can match
the star-studded Broncos in all areas but with the match being played in
Brisbane, it's hard to look past the home side. BRISBANE.