BEGA’S Dale Finucane and his Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs team-mates have booked a place in the 2012 NRL grand final.
The Bulldogs will meet Melbourne Storm in the biggest game on the rugby league calendar this Sunday at ANZ Stadium, Sydney.
Canterbury was challenged on Saturday night by a determined South Sydney Rabbitohs, but pushed away to win 32-8.
South Sydney started well, before star halfback Adam Reynolds suffered a cruel hamstring injury, leading to him missing the remainder of the game.
The moment proved crucial as the Rabbitohs were leading 8-4, but Canterbury piled on 28 unanswered points, including two tries in the lead-up to half time.
Mid-season recruit Sam Perrett scored a double, but it was Fincuane who would have caught the eye of rugby league supporters across the Bega Valley.
In arguably his most polished performance since being elevated, the 21-year-old was given 28 minutes of game time, mustered six hit ups and laid 25 tackles.
It has been a dream run for Finucane since making his NRL debut in June, ironically against South Sydney.
Since that match, Finucane has played 13 successive games and will be confident of holding his spot on the bench for Sunday’s showdown with Melbourne.