The Dragons start to climb while the pressure mounts on the Warriors and Wests Tigers two months into the 2016 season.
Manly skipper Jamie Lyon will retire from then NRL at the end of the 2016 season, bringing down the curtain on a storied 17-year career.
Big wins from Canberra and the Storm are cause for the whole heap of green and purple that headline NRL.com's Round 8 Team of the Week.
There was plenty of drama, controversy, injuries and some massive scores in Round 8 of the NRL Telstra Premiership. Here are the main talking points.
It took 14 games but Sea Eagles winger Brayden Wiliame can finally say he's won an NRL match following Manly's 26-10 win over the Knights on Anzac Day.
Manly secured the chocolates in a 26-10 win over the Knights on Anzac Day but it came at a cost of four injured players across both teams.
Daly Cherry-Evans returned but three big names left the field injured in Manly's 26-10 win over the Knights at Hunter Stadium on Monday.
Manly halfback Daly Cherry-Evans has been named to return from an ankle injury against the Knights at Hunter Stadium on Monday afternoon.
Manly have secured the services of former Cowboys and Sharks outside back Matthew Wright on a three-year deal effective immediately.
The Knights welcome the Sea Eagles to Hunter Stadium on Anzac Day, and are yet to taste defeat so far in 2016 in front of their vocal home fans in Newcastle.