Amid the hype about Melbourne and Brisbane, the Sharks are steadily upping the ante ahead of the NRL finals, with the Roosters and Knights standing in the way of another top four finish.
St George-Illawarra big man Tariq Sims says he won't accept talk of missing the NRL finals until the whistle has blown on their season after a difficult defeat at the hands of Brisbane.
The Broncos continued their quality run with a predictable 24-12 win at Suncorp Stadium that leaves the Dragons on the outside looking in once again.
Wayne Bennett already has his name written in Dragons folklore. Now he stands to preside over the team that puts an end to a depleted St George Illawarra's hopes of scrambling into the top eight.
The drama around former star Jarryd Hayne has dominated the headlines - but the Eels aren't concerned.
While the board refused to make a call, not everyone was so reluctant to make their thoughts known.
The Storm have taken their game to new levels in 2017 with a mix of veteran champions, new stars and a fresh approach.
Furious Cronulla coach Shane Flanagan has taken aim at Broncos coach Wayne Bennett.
As usual, player contracts have managed to overshadow a match. But history will be made for both teams at Suncorp Stadium, while defeat could leave both vulnerable in the race for the finals.
Winger Anthony Don said it was just 'general chit-chat'.