North Queensland Cowboys
Phil Lutton That time of year: Michael Morgan could miss the entire finals series.
Phil Gould The jury is still out on Dave Smith, but he needs the chance to deliver.
Michael Carayannis All the injury and suspension news for the top eight candidates.
Tom Decent North Queensland coach Paul Green has criticised referees Ben Cummins and Gavin Badger for blowing too many penalties in the Cowboys 31-18 loss to the Souths, something he says affected his side's ability to gain any momentum.
Tom Decent South Sydney have made statement to the rest of the competition and showed their genuine premiership credentials with a hard-fought 13-point win over the North Queensland Cowboys in their own backyard.
Tom Decent Rabbitohs halfback Adam Reynolds knows just how important his role is if Souths are to emulate their premiership success, and a match-up against the world's best halfback in Johnathan Thurston is the perfect way to make amends for a drubbing at the hands of Manly last week.
Michael Carayannis Dare to dream Sharks fans. This time last year the Sharks were on the brink of capitulation. No sponsors, banned players and coaches before finishing with the wooden spoon.
Ed Jackson, Vince Rugari, Steve Zemek and James MacSmith They haven't met since May but something is going to have to give in the NRL's top four over the next month. Brisbane, North Queensland, the Sydney Roosters and South Sydney have all emerged as the best teams in the land heading into the finals.
Lee Gaskin Raiders forward Sia Soliola says public scrutiny of the Cowboys will only bring the team closer together.
Lee Gaskin Beanies are a must-have in every Canberra wardrobe to keep warm during a chilly winter, but the Raiders used theirs to prepare for the tropics of north Queensland.
Kate McClymont, Stuart Goodman and Michael Carayannis A string of North Queensland players, including star Johnathan Thurston, have purchased land and homes from the club's chairman.
Jon Tuxworth Joey Leilua may be the fresh face in the Canberra Raiders squad but he's already got one over his teammates - a win in Townsville.