Talent alone will only get you so far in rugby league. That was one of the messages delivered to 160 Holden Cup players at the 2017 Rookie Camp last weekend.
The Roosters have progressed to the Holden Cup grand final for the first time in the club's history with a come-from-behind win over the Dragons.
Penrith's quest for back-to-back Holden Cup premierships is alive after the Panthers survived a second-half scare to eliminate the Cowboys on Friday.
A fifth-place finish will count for little for the Roosters as they 'host' their elimination final against the Raiders in Canberra without Jackson Hastings.
The Cowboys earned bragging rights in Round 5, but the Dragons hit back seven weeks later. Who will book a preliminary final berth on Friday night?
The Bulldogs' Holden Cup side produced their best performance of 2016 to stun an understrength Roosters side 46-16 at ANZ Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
New Queensland coach Kevin Walters backed Sharks livewire Ben Barba as a possible option to replace the injured Billy Slater in this year's Origin series.
The Sydney Roosters Holden Cup side have rallied late to stave off a gutsy Canberra, winning 32-22 in steamy conditions at GIO Stadium.
He has missed out on Queensland teams all the way through the junior ranks but Titans back-rower Shane Wright takes his first steps towards a Maroons jersey.
The Penrith Panthers have won a second Holden Cup title in the space of three years with a 34-18 win over a brave Manly-Warringah at ANZ Stadium on Sunday.