Former Dragons coach Nathan Brown believes the performances of both the Roosters and Broncos last weekend should serve as a warning to other finals hopefuls.
Manly players know Sunday's game against Cronulla is almost certainly their last of the season but won't concede their dim finals hopes without a fight.
Newcastle's Korbin Sims has successfully fought a dangerous contact charge at the NRL judiciary, freeing him to play the Knights' last game of the season.
Willie Mason, Charlie Gubb, Issac Luke and Alex Glenn have all received suspensions from the weekend's matches, while Korbin Sims was cleared at the judiciary.
When James Tamou went down with a neck injury against the Warriors, fellow Cowboys prop Ben Hannant said it was the most nervous moment he's had on the field.
According to fellow breakout star Jackson Hastings, Ashley Taylor and Kane Elgey can be the Titans' long-term halves ahead of Taylor's NRL debut for Brisbane.
The NRL and club CEOs met on Wednesday to discuss a range of issues in the lead up to the 2015 Telstra Finals Series.
After a long absence through injury, Kyle Turner has praised teammate Glenn Stewart for helping him through a testing time in his young career.
Manly centre Steve Matai has played 220 first grade games so far in a career spanning 11 seasons and has never missed a finals series.
Two Queensland sides at opposite ends of the table face off, with the Cowboys keen to find form ahead of the finals and the Titans aiming to end 2015 on a high.