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THE top two teams of the regular season go head to head in tomorrow morning's NRL Grand Final and it's a battle between youth and experience, writes Adam Scriven.

Melbourne's established stars Billy Slater, Cooper Cronk and Cameron Smith have been there and done it all before.

But Canterbury Bulldogs have been the standout team of the season and their 23-yearold fullback Ben Barba has had a big hand in making them that.

Barba has scored 22 tries in his 26 appearances and was a key figure in the Bulldogs' 20-4 demolition of the Storm in week 16.

After a mid-season wobble when Slater was out injured the Storm finished the campaign in awesome form and will be full of confidence after thrashing Manly 40-12 to reach the Grand Final.

There are few weak points in their game and they begin as slight favourites and could run away with it if the occasion gets to the Bulldogs.

But Canterbury have last year's Grand Final-winning coach Des Hasler behind them to calm the nerves, and they are worth backing with a start.

Recommendation Canterbury Bulldogs +2 2pts 10-11 general RESULTS v vRICKY HATTON will fight Ukrainian Vyacheslav Senchenko over ten rounds at welterweight (147lbs) at the MEN Arena in Manchester on November 24.

Senchenko has won all but one of 33 fights, with the one exception when he was stopped by Paulie Malignaggi in a WBA welterweight title fight in April.

Betfred make Hatton the 2-7 favourite. They also bet 2-1 that the Hitman quits after one fight and 6-4 he wins a major world title at any weight.

Yesterday's football League Two Cheltenham ... (1) 2-0 (0).....Morecambe Blue Square Premier Forest Green .. (1) 3-0 (0)............ Lincoln France Rennes ........... (0) 2-0 (0)..................Lille Germany F Dusseldorf .. (0) 2-0 (2)............Schalke League of Ireland: Drogheda 0 St Patrick's 0, UCD 2 Bohemians 2, Shelbourne 0 Bray 0, Shamrock Rovers 7 Dundalk 0. League of Ireland - Division One: Limerick 1 Athlone Town 0, Mervue 0 Wexford Youth 0, Finn Harps 2 Waterford 2 Cricket World Twenty20: Pakistan 136-8 (U Akmal 43no) bt South Africa 133-6 (JP Duminy 48) by 2 wkts, Australia 141-1 (S Watson 72) bt India 140-7 (I Pathan 31) by nine wickets.

Golf Ryder Cup - Day 1 foursomes: G McDowell & R McIlroy (EUR) bt J Fruyk & B Snedeker (USA) 1up, P Mickelson & K Bradley (USA) bt L Donald & S Garcia (EUR) 4&3, J Dufner & Z Johnson (USA) bt L Westwood & F Molinari (EUR) 3&2, I Poulter & J Rose (EUR) bt T Woods & S Stricker (USA) 2&1. Rugby league Super League: Wigan 12 Leeds 13.

Rugby union Premiership: Northampton 24 Wasps 6. Pro12: Dragons 32 Edinburgh 12, Cardiff Blues 19 Ulster 48, Glasgow 22 Zebre 19, Connacht 22 Leinster 6. Tennis ATP Malaysian Open - quarter-finals: (2) J Monaco bt V Pospisil 6-3 6-4, (3) K Nishikori bt N Davydenko 6-4 ret., (7) J Benneteau bt A Falla 6-2 6-2, (1) D Ferrer bt I Sijsling 4-6 6-3 6-4. ATP PTT Thailand Open - quarterfinals: (4) G Simon bt G Monfils 6-4 6-1, (1) J Tipsarevic bt (5) F Verdasco 7-6 6-4, (2) R Gasquet bt (8) B Tomic 7-6 6-4, (7) J Nieminen bt (3) M Raonic 6-3 7-6. WTA Pan Pacific Open (Tokyo) - semifinals: (17) N Petrova bt (8) S Stosur 6-4 6-2 (3) A Radwanska bt (5) A Kerber 6-1 6-1. Thursday's late American football NFL: Baltimore 23 Cleveland 16.

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