The injuries, suspensions, rumours and likely team changes heading into the weekend's Telstra Premiership matches.
There are only six rounds to go in the Holden Cup and while the Panthers have all but locked up the Minor Premiership, there is still plenty to play for.
Playing without Johnathan Thurston is less of a problem than it ever has been for North Queensland, but here's the thing… they are facing the Melbourne Storm.
With the 2016 finals series fast approaching, Justin Hodges takes a closer look at the players he believes can guide their sides towards premiership glory.
Craig Bellamy and the Melbourne Storm remain unsure about Johnathan Thurston's fitness ahead of Saturday's clash in Townsville.
Johnathan Thurston is out but some big names are back as NRL Fantasy coaches look to snap up the big guns for the crucial final few rounds of the season.
The Broncos' slide continues, the Raiders enter the top four and the Tigers' faith in the future is paying off on the field.
They've already beaten the reigning premiers once this season but the Storm know this week's clash against the Cowboys will be an even tougher test.
Melbourne captain has praised the work ethic of his younger teammates, saying it has played a huge part in where they sit on the NRL Telstra Premiership ladder.
The Roosters may have scored first but the Melbourne Storm answered with 26 straight points to rise – temporarily at least – to the top of the ladder.