A soft centre is a desirable feature when you are talking about chocolate... but not a footy team. If Lawrence wants to be in the Origin picture this season he will need to stand tall against Hodges and show selectors that this centre is not soft.
With a full pre-season behind him, Hodges has started strongly in 2012 and the Broncos are galloping high on the ladder. Has Hodges’ hazardous hamstring finally been healed or will it once again turn out to be his Achilles heel?
Hindmarsh and his tight short shorts have been the backbone of the Eels for the past decade (and them some). Was it his retirement announcement that pulled the slippery Eels from their slump or did the Hayne train railroad his victory?
There was no post-try flapping of the arms last week but Hayne’s two-try heroics were a welcome sight for the emotional Blue and Gold Army. Is one win enough to stop the fans from walking away or will the Eels need to keep the Hayne plane flying?
Thurston is yet to step up in the post-Lockyer era and take ownership of the game’s best player tag. If he doesn’t take it soon there is plenty of competition coming from south of the border with Super Cooper leading the charge.
If Cronk wants to make the Maroons and Australian No.7 jersey his own then this match-up with JT will be a key for the Storm halfback. Do the Storm really have the Kangaroos 1, 7 & 9 all wrapped up or does Thurston still want to be in seven heaven?
Luckily for the premiers, Wests Tigers are taking the brunt of media criticism for starting their season poorly. Can Toovey get the premiership defense back on track or are the winning ways at Brookvale just a memory from the past?
After a heartbreaking loss to the Sharks last week, the Panthers will be looking to get back in the winners circle and stay in the top eight. Will the long trip to Brookvale prove too much for the western Sydney-siders or will they be ready for the eagle rock?
Each time Toddy lines up for a goal it gives the fans a good chance to check out his latest tattoos and to wonder where he will be able to fit the next one. I like the ones behind the ears, maybe they help keep him balance when he kicks.
Forget Bon Jovi or Tina Turner, next season Jamie Soward and his pre-kick chicken dance should features on the NRL season launch commercial. But one thing I have always wondered is, why does he take off his head gear?
This Hollywood hero loves to give his Rabbitohs support from the sideline... but is it encouragement or a distraction for the Bunnies on the field? Can Rusty share the spotlight with the golden locks of Dessie?
Hasler has better hair than most Hollywood heartthrobs but his temper tantrums from the coach’s box would see him on the front page of most Hollywood gossip magazines. Does Des have the "it" factor to steer the Bulldogs to No.1 at the box office?
While the shade of green has changed slightly over the years there is no mistaking the Raiders’ green machine when they step onto the field. Will this battle of green end in red or will both teams be able to share the colour of kermet?
Black, white, red and now green...the Warriors have more jersey colours than a rainbow Paddle Pop. Is this a great marketing ploy by the trans-Tasman team or just a way to get up the nose of the opposition team by stealing their club colour?