NRL finals week one: How the top eight line up

Brisbane will take on St George Illawarra in the first week of the NRL finals after locking up sixth spot with a 48-16 win over Manly.

In a thrilling finish to the tightest competition on record, the Broncos on Sunday finished equal with Penrith on both 32 points and a +56 differential.

Finishing on top: Boyd Cordner and Jake Friend hold the J.J. Giltinan Shield after claiming the minor premiership.

Finishing on top: Boyd Cordner and Jake Friend hold the J.J. Giltinan Shield after claiming the minor premiership.

However, the Panthers grabbed fifth spot thanks to their superior defence, meaning they'll play the eighth-placed Warriors in Sydney.

Despite missing out on sneaking into fifth, the Broncos were still good enough to secure a home final and will host the Red V, most likely next Sunday.

Cronulla, who on Sunday defeated Canterbury 30-18 to confirm fourth spot, will clash with minor premiers the Sydney Roosters.

Melbourne slipped out of first spot after their defeat to the Panthers but will host a resurgent South Sydney.

AAP

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